Rep. Arnold: Bipartisanship is alive at the Statehouse

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Friday, February 12, 2016

Striving to best represent the interests of my district is something I have always taken pride in. This session, I am proud to have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the Indiana House of Representatives to address several issues that affect our community.

I authored House Bill (HB) 1231, which would allow more options during deer season in which a wider range of rifles could be used. These firearms are already legal to use to hunt other species like coyotes. As a sportsman, allowing these rifles to be used on deer makes sense to me and I have talked with many from our area who agree. By easing these hunting regulations, it would further encourage the responsible participation of younger hunters.

Trespassing is an issue that many of you have brought to my attention. HB 1231 would also allow the use of purple paint marks to indicate a landowner does not allow outside hunting and to clearly define their property boundaries. Acknowledging that ringing a property with signage every year is both costly and time-intensive, this would provide property owners with a low-cost alternative.

I am proud that HB 1231 received bipartisan support and was passed unanimously in the House to advance it to the Senate. This demonstrates that working across the aisle on behalf of communities like ours in southern Indiana can benefit everyone.

Another piece of legislation I authored this session, HB 1228, would help those with uncontrolled epilepsy explore new treatment options. Doctors and parents who recommend or dispense cannabidiol oil (CBD) to alleviate seizure symptoms would not be penalized if the bill were enacted. It would also encourage the Indiana University School of Medicine to further study the safety and efficacy of CBD in treating severe epilepsy.

Finding better ways to solve the health problems Hoosiers face every day is something that we, as a General Assembly, came together to accomplish. Colleagues from both parties signed on to HB 1228 as coauthors and it passed the House unanimously to advance to the Senate.

Our legislature functions best when we are collaborating to serve the interests of our communities. Representing District 74 is not something I take lightly and I am pleased with what we have been able to accomplish at the halfway point of the 2016 Session.

As always, please contact me with questions or input at (317) 232-9793 or by email at h74@iga.in.gov. I am eager to help and always appreciate hearing from you in order to better represent our district at the Statehouse.

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Rep. Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.