Working on legislation benefiting our local and state economies

Friday, March 27, 2015

Working on legislation benefiting our local and state economies

On May 7, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce will be announcing their rankings of the top 100 businesses that are considered the best places to work in Indiana. I am proud to say that Kendall Electric, which provides services to our community, is on this list and received this distinguished recognition.

They deserve acknowledgment as a business that has created a model environment for their employees to grow their skills and develop a career. Regardless of the ranking they receive, it is an honor to have a quality organization like Kendall Electric in our community.

As an advocate for economic development, I strive to advance policies that fosters a climate conducive for businesses to expand or grow their operations, which translates into more jobs for Hoosiers and is a main reason why companies are choosing to do business in Indiana, rather than other states. House Republicans remain committed to protecting Hoosier taxpayers and maintaining the stable fiscal environment necessary to grow the economy. Holding firm to our proven dedication to fiscal integrity is essential for the success of Hoosier employers and employees.

As a member of Ways and Means, I helped craft a biennial budget that is structurally balanced and maintains healthy reserves, providing a financial cushion in the event of revenue shortfalls. While living within our means, the budget is honestly balanced and protects Indiana’s AAA credit rating, which could attract new investors to the state, encouraging job creation.

In addition to helping bring jobs to Indiana, it is important to support businesses in their efforts to compete nationally. Senate Bill 249 establishes a Farm Commodities and Market News Service pilot program to provide marketing assistance to Indiana’s agriculture industry, aiding producers in the sale and purchase of agriculture products. This program will serve as a tool for farmers and agribusinesses by distributing pricing and sale resources to the buyers and sellers of livestock.

This session, I also authored legislation that addresses a situation impacting a local farm winery and microbrewery. Currently, the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission requires microbreweries and farm wineries that occupy the same building to have a wall or partition separating the areas of service for beer and wine, which can be burdensome to these businesses. My legislation, House Bill (HB) 1053, would allow farm wineries, microbreweries and artisan distilleries to serve their beer, wine or liquor at the same service bar without requiring a structure to separate the service of beer and wine.

I am proud to say that HB 1053 passed out of the House and Senate with bipartisan support and is now on its way to the governor’s desk. As I continue to work for our community and state, as always, if you have any questions about the legislation discussed above or other issues, please do not hesitate to contact my office by email at or by phone at 317-232-9643.


Rep. Ober represents all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.