Rep. Arnold: My Legislative Priorities

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Monday, February 1, 2016

The 2016 legislative session is underway, and the House Republican agenda is taking shape. This session, lawmakers are tasked with addressing Indiana’s transportation infrastructure needs, finding ways to attract and retain great teachers in our classrooms and working to combat the meth and heroin epidemics in our state.

I am eager to work alongside my colleagues to address these and other important issues. In addition to these agenda items, I am authoring legislation to help make positive changes for our state and our community.

One of my favorite activities with my sons is hunting. I also believe the laws put in place should be held to a high standard. I have had several constituents who were concerned with trespassing and I understand those concerns since many hunters and property owners put a lot of work into their property and managing their herd. I am proposing a new law similar to other states that would authorize the use of purple markers indicating property locations. This saves land owners dollars in paying for the correct signage on their property. This bill would also allow the Department of Natural Resources to authorize the use of more accessible hunting rifles that are already legal for other species to be used while harvesting deer.

As a veteran myself, I understand the difficulties faced by our military members when they return home. I have authored legislation that will help veterans better adjust after they return from duty. The legislation would provide an income tax deduction for all military retirees. I am saddened when I hear stories of military retirees being homeless or living paycheck to paycheck, and feel I must do my best to help ease their burden. 

District 74 is fortunate to be home to the Hoosier National Forest. Although the land is owned by the government, none of the taxes collected are shared with our county. I have authored a bill that would facilitate payments from the state when at least 15 percent of county property is owned by the government. I believe this is a fair solution that will help counties better support their roads and infrastructure.

These are just a few bills being considered by lawmakers this session. As they move through the process 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 look forward to 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.