Indiana working to protect you from your money, education, and food

It’s time for my annual review of absurd, ridiculous, and ”Haven’t they done enough?” of proposed Indiana legislation.

Sen Houchin has introduced a bill targeting car share programs. I’m not too familiar with these services, but they’re like Air B&B for cars: you rent out your car to someone else while you’re not using it. This places the same tax as existing rental car services on them. In Indianapolis, we have the highest car rental excise tax just about anywhere in the US. It adds up to about 10%.

Senator Holdman has introduced a bill to repeal a bunch of tax breaks you’ve never heard of. This includes a bunch related to coal.

Because TIF districts are such a smashing success, Senator Taylor has an idea to expand that to food deserts. But this just places an additional tax on the food desert, so that should work out great.

Senator Kruse has heard your bellyaching and decided, yes, the children should learn civics and pass a test in order to graduate from high school.

Hat tip to Doug Masson, Senator Niemeyer has proposed legislation to protect kids from civics by shielding them from voting.

Senator Sandlin has introduced a statewide three foot passing law when overtaking a cyclist. We can add this to the list of laws no one can enforce, will know about, or actually bring justice if you murder a cyclist in your metal death machine. If a law is passed and no one knows about it, did it get passed?

Senator Ruchelshaus has introduced another jobs program to get kids who don’t know what they want to do a job they won’t like. It’s called the Let Indiana Work for You program. Everyone loves a program!

Senator Ruchelshaus, Bohacek, and Ford are, however, doing God’s work by establishing a redistricting commission. Look for this to die or get twisted into some perverse tool for a majority.

As if people in Louisville needed one more reason not to pay the toll on that fancy new bridge no one uses, Clarksville would be authorized to adopt a 1% sales tax on food and beverages if Senator Grooms gets his way.

Senator Bohacek has introduced a bill to let the President of a county council to be paid more than other members. Except in Marion County, because I’m sure that has a solid, logical, reasonable, totally not political or racist reason.

Senator Leising is back from her time machine trip to Mayberry. She’d like to prohibit schools from starting school before August. Because it’s important that kids not learn too much too fast. She also thinks cursive writing should be mandatory.

Ind. Marriage Amendement in Committee

The Indiana House Judiciary Committee is slated to hear HJR-6 this week. This proposed legislation would enshrine the legal definition of “traditional” marriage in the state constitution. This bill will likely pass committee and won’t find much to stop it in the House or Senate. Despite Gov. Daniel’s call for a “truce on social issues”, it’ll no doubt be signed by him (I’d have more admiration for him if he stopped it, though).

A bill that passes this year will take many years to pass into the Constitution. It has to be approved again by a second consecutively-elected body of the House and Senate, then the Governor. After that, it goes on to the ballot in the next closest general election to be voted on by the citizens of Indiana.

You can learn more about the bill, the members on the committee and send a generic form-letter against the measure over at the Equality Federation, a Libertarian-friendly organization I might add. Libertarian philosophy on the matter is simple: the government shouldn’t be regulating any kind of marriage. Instead, it should only offer civil unions for legal protection of assets and securities in a relationship. “Marriage” is a religious affair and has no business in the government’s bureaucracy.

I think this bill will pass this year, and likely again in the next body of the House and Senate (I don’t see Indiana Democrats making that big of a comeback that soon). By then, I expect the state’s attitudes on gays and lesbians to change enough that it won’t matter. Or, more likely, the Federal government will throw their cock into this fight and it’ll be a moot point.

However, if an amendment is passed into the Constitution, mark my words: I will immediately put my house on the market and take my education, my business, my spending, my income and property taxes and my charitable works out of this state.