Rep. Clere memorializes Civil War veterans
STATEHOUSE – House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1034, co-authored by Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), was signed by Gov. Daniels on Wednesday. The historic cemeteries bill passed out of both chambers with bipartisan support.
HEA 1034 will expand the qualifications for a cemetery that is eligible to be maintained by the county cemetery commissions to include cemeteries that were established before 1875 or are the burial site of a Civil War veteran.
“I believe in respecting and honoring Indiana’s past,” said Rep. Clere. “We should not be neglecting the hallowed burial grounds of the citizens who built this country and fought to protect its unity.”
Under current Indiana law, cemeteries may only be maintained by the county cemetery commission if the cemetery was without funds for reasonable maintenance, suffered neglect and deterioration, may contain the remains of an Indiana pioneer or a veteran of an American war and established before 1850.
While HEA 1034 will expand the number of cemeteries eligible for restoration and maintenance, it may not affect local expenditures or revenue generated from property tax levies because counties are not required to provide care for qualifying cemeteries.
“Hoosiers are proud of their heritage and the men and women who sacrificed to better our great state and nation,” said Rep. Clere. “This bill will help ensure they receive the honor they are due.”
The bill requires proof that the cemetery is a burial ground for a Civil War veteran and must be presented to the county cemetery commission for its approval.
HEA 1034 goes into effect July 1.