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Click It Or Ticket Memorial Day

In email today from Indiana State Police:

INDIANA STATE POLICE
Indiana Government Center North
100 N Senate Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46214www.in.gov/isp

FOR RELEASE: Upon Receipt

CONTACT: First Sergeant Richard W Myers
Asst. Chief Public Information OfficerDATE: May 22, 2018
Click It or Ticket Campaign

Indiana State Police will show zero tolerance

Indiana– As the unofficial start of summer, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is a busy time for Americans. Each year, the highways fill with families in vehicles, on their way to start their summer vacations. To help keep drivers and passengers stay safe, the Indiana State Police is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 21 through June 3, concurrent with the busy travel season.

“Buckling up is something that should become second nature,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “Besides that. Buckling up is the law. The consequences of not buckling up is real and can include the loss of life. Often, this tragedy could have been prevented with the use of a seat belt. No excuses, buckle up!”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (48%) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Indiana, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $25.00.

“In 2016, almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2016, more than half (52%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 40 percent were not buckled up.

“If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive or ride, please ask them to consider changing their habits,” said Indiana State Police First Sergeant Rich Myers. “Help us spread this life-saving message before a friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up—every trip, every time.”

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.


Legislators Meet for  Special Session

Today in email from Indiana district 15 Senator Liz Brown:

Earlier this week, the General Assembly reconvened for a one-day special session to pass a handful of important bills, including measures to increase funding for school security and align Indiana with the major federal tax reform passed in 2017.

House Enrolled Act 1230 provides additional funding for school security and requires the Department of Education to conduct an audit of every school’s safety plan in the wake of the February school shooting in Florida. HEA 1230 allows up to $5 million for the Indiana Secured School Grant Program and up to $35 million from the Common School Fund to be used for school security-related equipment and capital projects.

 House Enrolled Act 1315 provides emergency assistance to aid the turnaround efforts in Indiana’s only two financially distressed school corporations – Muncie and Gary. More importantly, from a statewide perspective, HEA 1315 establishes a process to annually monitor the financial health of all school districts so the state can provide support for local turnaround efforts without the need for more drastic interventions like what became necessary in Muncie and Gary.

House Enrolled Acts 1316 and 1242 update Indiana’s tax code and other tax policies to respond to recent federal changes, including the major tax reform legislation passed in 2017. Without this legislation, Indiana businesses could face $100 million in increased tax compliance costs because they would have to keep two sets of accounting records – one for state taxes and another for federal taxes.

These four bills were in final form at the end of the regular session in March, but ultimately did not pass due to time constraints.

The process set forth by legislative leaders was the most transparent and efficient for a special session to date, and while we should’ve completed our work in March, I believe we set an example for the future.

Click here to view the full versions of the bills.


April Indiana Employment Report

From Indiana in email today:

INDIANAPOLIS (May 18, 2018) – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.2 percent for April and remains lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana’s unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than four years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 11,655 over the previous month. This was a result of a 737 increase in unemployed residents and an increase of 10,918 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.33 million, and the state’s 64.0 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.8 percent.

In addition, Indiana’s initial unemployment insurance claims continue to be at historical lows.

Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here: http://www.hoosierdata.in.gov/infographics/employment-status.asp.


Indiana Attorney General will defend Indiana women’s rights

Justice is a Woman

Do women in Indiana who have chosen to have an abortion have a right to receive proper medical care, and if that care injured them, a right to sue the person who botched their abortion to be made whole? Indiana Law says they do. The ACLU says they don’t.

All citizens have a right to expect ALL medical care is proper and to the current state of the art, and that includes the right to report those who harm them with improper treatments.

In most types of medical treatment a person can ask around and learn who is good and who to avoid, but social stigmas conceal abortioneers from public scrutiny. Women who are considering or who have had an abortion deserve better: they deserve a verifiable resource to evaluate the performance of abortion providers, including a list of which ones cause health complications that harm the woman,  what kind of complications their malpractice causes, and recourse to use that list in suing a derelict abortioneer to be made whole at law.

Of course, the money rich abortion industry opposes enforcement of such protections for women from abuse. It is good to see that our Attorney General has the backbone to protect our citizens.


Today in email from Indiana Atty. General Curtis Hill:

AG Curtis Hill vows to defend the state

Attorney General Curtis Hill issued the following statement today pertaining to comments made by three of Indiana’s 91 elected prosecuting attorneys in regard to Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 340:

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“The Marion County, Monroe County and Lake County prosecutors have issued a statement apparently stating they will not defend the state in a lawsuit in which they have been named as defendants – namely, the recent filing of a constitutional challenge of the Indiana law requiring practitioners to report complications resulting from abortions.

“To their credit, my friends and former colleagues are right. They will not defend the state. I will.

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“While prosecutors Curry, Gaul and Carter share the opinion that this case should not be defended, they also share no authority to make that call. Mr. Curry’s ‘directive’ to me to concede the constitutionality of an Indiana statute has zero force or effect.

“I am well aware of the proper role of the prosecuting attorney as well as my responsibilities as Attorney General, and part of my responsibility is the defense of the constitutionality of legislative acts of the Indiana General Assembly that have been signed into law by the Governor.

“The protestations of Mr. Curry and the other prosecutors regarding their being drawn into this type of litigation might find a more sympathetic ear with the plaintiff, the ACLU, which chose these three ‘defendants’ who, if they had the authority, would concede the case. How convenient and disingenuous.

“If these three prosecutors want out of this case, then they can ask their friends at the ACLU to dismiss them out. As for the defense of the State of Indiana and the decisions on how to proceed in this case, I will make that call.”


Primary Responsibility: Vote

Peony (Paeonia) flowers; photo by Bob Gutowski on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

In email from Kyle Hupfer today:

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has built out a fantastic online portal where you can see all of the candidates on your ballot and view your poling places and hours. It’s a great resource, and I definitely recommend checking it out.

And if you plan to vote absentee, next Monday (April 30) is the last day to request an absentee ballot. Click here to learn more about having a ballot mailed to you.