Let’s Be Heard…

A number of bills have been introduced to this session of Indiana Congress in both House and Senate that will inhibit, and in some cases, actually reverse the clean up of our lakes, rivers and drinking water or at a minimum will significantly increase the cost of regional sewer districts and therefore the cost of service to the existing ratepayers and future rate payers at no improvement to service.  Those bills are as follows SB 0205, SB 0204, SB0385, HB 1184, and the most onerous HB 1497. 

The introduction of these bills is solely the direct result of a very vocal minority persistently bombarding our representatives with emotional outcries and misinformation.  Please educate yourself on these bills by Googling: Indiana General Assembly and checking out each bill, in particular HB 1497.  Legislation was just passed last year impacting regional sewer districts and now proposed legislation intends on unreasonably doing more.

I would encourage your readers to contact the following representatives and express your concern for the safety of our recreational and drinking water and not to pass any further legislation inhibiting the good work of regional sewer districts or legislation that will increase the cost of sewer service for existing or future ratepayers. 

This legislation is happening fast.  The first hearing was yesterday 2/6/2013.  A subcommittee was formed to review the proposed law consisting of proponents and opponents.  It will then head back to the environmental committee on Wednesday 2/13/2013 for a possible vote that will send the bill to the floor. 

We need the silent majority to speak up in defense of the regional sewer districts.  Please be heard.
 
The environmental affairs committee members and email addresses are:
Chairman Rep. David Wolkins daw8144@gmail.com  Telephone # 317-232-9815
RMM Rep. Sue Errington errington@comcast.net
Rep. Patrick Bauer h6@in.gov
Rep. Ryan Dvorak h8@in.gov
Rep. Sean Eberhart h57@in.gov
Rep William C. Friend befriend@rtcol.com
Rep. Don Lehe h25@in.gov
Rep. Jim Lucas h69@in.gov
Rep. L. Jack Lutz h35@in.gov
Rep Tim Neese tneese@aol.com
Rep. Matt Pierce h61@in.gov
Rep. Heath VanNatter h38@in.gov
 
HB 1497 Authored by:
Rep Dennis Zent zentdds@aol.com  Telephone #317-232-9833
Coauthored by:
Rep. David Lee Ober repdaveober@gmail.com
Rep.Benjamin Smaltz h25@in.gov
Rep Matthew S. Lehman matt@bixlerinsurance.com
 
Ron Kantorak
Pretty Lake Resident, ratepayer and President of the LaGrange County Regional Utility District.
 

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