Rep. DeVon pleased with outcome of 2013 legislative session

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Monday, April 29, 2013

STATEHOUSE – The 2013 legislative session has come to a finish. State Representative Dale DeVon (R-Granger) is pleased to see two of his bills become law this session: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1338 and Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 319.

“My first session as a legislator certainly flew by, and I am extremely pleased with what were able to accomplish for Hoosiers,” said Rep. DeVon. “Both Houses worked together to make great strides for jobs, education and Indiana’s fiscal integrity. Individually, I had the privilege of being part of several pieces of legislation to improve education and protect young Hoosiers.”

HEA 1338 increases accountability and standards in charter schools, enhancing transparency in students’ performances. The legislation also addresses various issues regarding charter school administration, including making charter schools eligible to receive School Safety Grants. It also addresses other rules, procedures and protocols pertaining to Indiana charter schools so that they are performing optimally.

SEA 319 addresses the assessment of farmland for property tax purposes. The Department of Local Government Finance produced a list of changes last year that equals an immediate 20 percent increase in property taxes on farmland. Taxes on farmland the last few years have increased dramatically as the newly enacted controls have held other classes of property static or reduced. By fast tracking the bill, local assessors can implement the new statute before spring documents are mailed out to property owners. The law also establishes an interim study committee to study agriculture property tax issues. SEA 319 was the first bill to be signed by Gov. Mike Pence in February.

“I look forward to continuing my work as a legislator this summer with interim study committees,” said Rep. DeVon. “We took great steps toward building a better Indiana by strengthening the state’s economy. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve my community and Hoosiers across the state.”