legislative study committee

Hoosiers Outspoken On Confined Animal Farms

Sep 22, 2017

A legislative study committee took nearly six hours of public testimony and heard a slew of policy recommendation Tuesday on confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

About 100 people showed up to provide comments as the committee considers CAFO and animal agriculture regulations in Indiana.

Malcom DeKryger, CEO of Belstra Milling, which provides animal feed to Hoosier farms, told a story about two brothers in Pulaski County who wanted to expand their family’s operations, but were denied a CAFO because of restrictive zoning ordinances.

Study Committee Discusses Food Deserts, Solutions

Sep 6, 2017

Indiana food deserts were once again the topic of discussion in a legislative study committee Wednesday. It’s the third time lawmakers have discussed the issue in a summer committee – with no results to show for it.

Food deserts are the sole focus for a summer study committee for the first time. Rep. Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) has co-authored legislation for the last three years to address to the lack of health food options in Indiana. She says this time around the message seems to be sinking in.

State lawmakers are discussing whether to a change a 2011 law that prohibits young people brought into the country illegally from accessing in-state tuition at public colleges.

Indiana is one of only three states in the country that specifically makes immigrant students who can not prove state residency or who don’t qualify for a federal program to pay the more expensive out-of-state tuition rate.

A special legislative study committee discussed whether to eliminate Indiana’s license requirement to carry a handgun. The proposed move is part of a nationwide shift known as “constitutional carry.”

Twelve states currently have laws allowing people to carry guns in public without a permit. Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) proposed a bill to eliminate Indiana’s restrictions last session. He says the right to carry is clear in the U.S. Constitution and in Indiana.