INDIANAPOLIS -- Bills authored or co-authored by an area state representative will affect free parking for former prisoners of war and will require an automated point of sale of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, if the bills are passed into law in the State Senate.
State Rep. Brooks LaPlante authored and co-authored several bills this legislative session that have now passed the House of Representatives.
"Constituents need to know the activity of the representatives they have elected," said LaPlante. "The subjects of these bills vary, but every one is important to Hoosier workers, families and the state of Indiana."
LaPlante has authored or co-authored the following bills:
HB1482: Abandoned railroad crossings. Requires the Indiana Department of transportation, upon request, to determine whether a railroad grade crossing is abandoned or unused and mark the crossing with a "tracks out of service" sign. Requires that 30 days written notice prior to resuming operation on an abandoned or unused crossing. The reopened crossing must be posted with signs reading "train traffic resumed -- tracks in service." The bill passed in the House 97-0 on Feb. 20 and was referred to the Senate.
HB1656: Requires the Department of Natural Resources to implement an automated point of sale hunting, fishing and trapping licensing system. Repeals a statute that permits only agents who are not state employees to retain service fees. Passed in the House 68-26 on Feb. 20 and referred to the Senate.
HB1804: Requires that advertised prices must include all typical fees, charges and upgrades required to consummate a transaction. Passed in the House 66-29 on Feb. 25 and referred to the Senate.
HB1250: Testing information for teachers. Requires the scorer of a license examination, such as a teacher or school administrator, to provide certain information to an individual who did not pass all or part of the examination. Passed in the House 86-12 on Feb. 25 and referred to the Senate.
HB1327: Motor vehicle parking. Authorizes parking in a metered parking space by an owner of a motor vehicle with purple heart or former prisoner of war license plates without a fee for parking or penalty for overtime parking. Passed in the House 99-0 on Feb. 25 and referred to the Senate.
HB1155: Jail construction funding. Allows a county that has imposed a county adjusted income tax and is subject to a federal court order issued before Jan. 1, 2003, that covers the county jail to increase the county's CAGIT rate by 0.25 percent to fund construction and remodeling of county correctional facilities. Passed in the House 92-1 on Feb. 27 and referred to the Senate.
HB1166: Center for coal technology research. Provides that the center for coal technology research may implement public education programs, administers the Indiana coal research grant fund, appoint an eight-member panel to review and make recommendations about applications for coal research grants. Passed in the House 97-0 on Feb. 25 and referred to the Senate.
HB1653: Allows a bank to sell life insurance or an annuity issued by a life insurance company in any state in which the bank operates. Specifies requirements for an Indiana bank that sells life insurance or annuities. Changes the requirements for filing a statement of condition by a bank. Passed in the House 92-0 on Feb. 24 and referred to the Senate.
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