Farm Bureau watching bills for opportunities

Rep. Dan Leonard (left) chats with members of the Huntington County Farm Bureau (from left) Paul Jacobs, Bailey Rothrock and Karley Hockemeyer during the recent Indiana legislative session.
Rep. Dan Leonard (left) chats with members of the Huntington County Farm Bureau (from left) Paul Jacobs, Bailey Rothrock and Karley Hockemeyer during the recent Indiana legislative session. Photo provided.

The Indiana Farm Bureau public policy team has been monitoring bills, testifying in hearings, looking for opportunities to advance Farm Bureau policy and working to get ahead of issues that would be detrimental to Farm Bureau members if the bills become law.

HB1104, the bill authored by Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington), is the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance agency bill with matters related to property taxes.

The bill contains provisions that would void annexation remonstrance waivers that are more than 15 years old.

The bill was amended in committee to alter the amount of time allowed to get waivers recorded. For the old waivers before 2015, they would have until the end of the year to be recorded. Moving forward, waivers would need to be recorded within 30 days of execution.

The bill was assigned to the Senate Committee on Appropriations and passed that committee on Feb. 22 by a vote of 9-0. The Senate sponsors are senators Eric Bassler (R-Washington) and Travis Holdman (R-Markle).