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Monday, June 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on the upcoming June 12th technical session and the planned attempt to override the veto of HEA 1546

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, which linked to Gov. Pence's statement on which his veto of HEA 1546 should be sustained, here are the statements of the House and Senate leaders on which the veto should be overruled:

Statement from Senate President David Long:

“I appreciate the Governor’s thoughtful input on HEA 1546, but respectfully disagree with his proposed course of action. After consulting with residents and elected officials in the two affected counties, the Senate leadership team believes HEA 1546 provides a proper solution that has local support. When you also factor in the other positive elements of the bill, including help for Hoosier veterans and their surviving spouses, we believe HEA 1546 should stand as passed. Either way, the General Assembly will determine on Wednesday the ultimate course of action the state will take on this issue.”

Statement from Speaker Bosma:

“We appreciate Governor Pence’s thoughts on the proposed veto override of HEA 1546. Over the past few weeks, we have been in close consultation with the Governor and with local officials in Jackson and Pulaski County and have determined that the best and most cost-effective course of action for Hoosier taxpayers is to enact the provisions of HEA 1546 notwithstanding the Governor’s veto.

“Residents and elected officials in Jackson and Pulaski Counties have asked for the legislature’s assistance to address the issues affecting thousands of Hoosiers in those counties, and to continue the allocation of pledged funds toward their designated obligations. It is also important to note that the bill addresses a number of other important tax issues, including making it easier for an out-of-state business to help with disaster emergency relief here in Indiana and benefits for the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran.

“I appreciate his thoughtful comments and look forward to continued conversation with the Governor; however, at this point, we should move forward with the solution that best serves the interests of Hoosier taxpayers.”

Here also is a brief summary of HEA 1546’s provisions, from the General Assembly leaders.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 10, 2013 07:51 PM
Posted to Indiana Government