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:

Senator Michael Crider, Senator Pete Miller, and Senator Mark Stoops

Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Groups that we thankIndiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and Indiana CAFO Watch.

FarmOrgs

 

NO MORE STRINGENT THAN

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:

Senator Brandt Hershman

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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:

Representative Sue Errington

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Groups that we thank: League of Women Voters and Indiana American Water

ASTOrgs

 

CANNED HUNTING

Worked to prevent the passage of legislation to legalize the controversial, risky hunting practice known as “canned hunting”, HB 1453:

Senator Michael Crider, Senator David Long, and Senator Pete Miller

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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)

HuntingOrgs

 

MICROBEADS

Worked to pass legislation banning microbeads, HB 1185:

Senator B. Patrick Bauer, Representative Ed Clere, Representative Matt Pierce, and Representative David Wolkins

Microbeads

 

BUDGET

Worked to protect funding for rail in the state budget:

Senator Brandt Hershman and Representative Randy Truitt

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Groups that we thankIndiana Passenger Rail Alliance (IPRA) and Greater Lafayette Commerce

 

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

Transit

 

Groups that we thankIndiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit (ICAT), IU Health, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, and Indiana Transportation Association (ITA)

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Worked to procure funding for the Indiana Heritage Trust:

Senator Karen Tallian

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Groups that we thankIndiana Parks Alliance and Indiana Conservation Alliance (INCA)

IHTOrgs

ENERGY

We will be adding a section on energy policy in the days ahead.