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LaPlante cites his business as reason for not running

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

District 46 State Rep. R. Brooks LaPlante (R-Terre Haute) announced Tuesday he will not seek election to a second term in the Indiana House of Representatives.

LaPlante, chief operating officer of Doughmakers, L.L.C., was elected to his first term in 2002. District 46 is composed of portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.

"I have greatly enjoyed serving in the Indiana General Assembly," LaPlante said. "However, my business, like all businesses in Indiana, is highly competitive and needs more attention than I am able to provide due to my duties at the Statehouse. I remain firmly committed to helping improve Indiana's economy and I believe I can make the best contribution to our state and our job creation efforts by focusing on my business in Terre Haute."

During his first term in the Legislature, LaPlante helped pass important economic development legislation including House Bill 1166 which established the Center for Coal Technology Research to help improve the coal industry in Indiana while making the coal industry more environmentally-friendly at the same time.

LaPlante also supported Senate Bill 417 which established an income tax credit for businesses that manufacture recycled components consisting of at least 15 percent coal combustion waste generated in Indiana.

He is also the author of House Bill 1444 which would require all diesel fuel sold in Indiana to contain at least 2 percent biodiesel.

LaPlante co-authored HB 1404, which establishes criteria for industrial development programs, including a provision that grants may be awarded for the construction or extension of utilities or public infrastructure to improve the chance of securing future commitments to collaborate on an industrial development program.

LaPlante serves on the Commerce & Economic Development, Financial Institutions and Interstate & International Cooperation committees.

He is a member of Indiana Right to Life, Boy Scouts of America, Youth for Christ, the Indiana Manufacturers Association and Maryland Community Church.

LaPlante and his wife, Bette, have three children.

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