2015 Honor Roll
EXPRESSING OUR THANKS TO THOSE LAWMAKERS WHO SHOWED LEADERSHIP ON IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL-RELATED LEGISLATION
There were more than five dozen environmental-related bills during the Indiana General Assembly. Lawmakers can be far-sighted & wise on some environmental-related bills and very regressive on other environmental bills; it is an exception, rather than a rule, to find a universal “environmental hero”. As HEC reflects on our priorities from the 2015 Indiana legislative session, we take a moment to salute those lawmakers who, for these particular bills, went above and beyond for the sake of our environment.
If your state representative or state senator appears below, take a moment to send him or her a thank you for their leadership on these vital issues!
RIGHT TO FARM (SJR 12) & SB 249
Stood up for the rights of local governments to protect their communities from air & water pollution caused by confined animal feeding operations (CAFOS); SJR 12 and SB 249:
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Held back legislation that would have made it much more difficult for our government agencies to protect the public from threats to our environment, health and safety, HB 1351:
We also thank a tremendous coalition of organizations: environmental (Earth Charter Indiana, Sierra Club-Hoosier Chapter, Indiana Recycling Coalition), public health (IPHA, Improving Kids Environment), social justice (NAACP-Indiana), faith (Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light), regional (Carmel Green Initiative, Save the Dunes, Save Maumee, Save the Valley), consumer (Citizens Action Coalition), agricultural (CAFO Watch), conservation (Indiana Wildlife Federation), human services (Indiana Coalition for Human Services) communities for opposing this dangerous legislation.
ABOVE-GROUND STORAGE TANKS
Advocated for stronger safeguards for Indiana waters, Above Ground Storage Tank Registry, SB 312:
Worked to prevent the passage of legislation to legalize the controversial, risky hunting practice known as “canned hunting”, HB 1453:
Groups that we thank: Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and the Indiana Conservation Alliance (INCA)
Worked to pass legislation banning microbeads, HB 1185:
Worked to protect funding for rail in the state budget:
Worked to protect funding for transit in the state budget:
Senator Liz Brown, Representative Tim Brown, Representative Ed Delaney, Representative David Niezgodski, Representative David Ober, Representative Ed Soliday, Senator Mark Stoops, and Representative Randy Truitt
Worked to procure funding for the Indiana Heritage Trust:
We will be adding a section on energy policy in the days ahead.