For immediate release:
Jan. 15, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Kreg Battles (D-Vincennes) today discussed his legislative agenda, which includes bills to provide tax relief for service volunteers, protect victims of identity theft and improve public education:
The first bill (House Bill 1235) is a tax credit that would enable volunteer firefighters, reserve law enforcement and civil defense workers to recover some of the cost for the equipment they buy to perform their duties.
“This tax credit is a way of thanking the men and women who voluntarily serve and protect our communities,” said Battles. “Many are forced to spend their own money to purchase the equipment they need to do their jobs, such as turnout gear and uniforms.
“This proposal gives them the chance to recover some of the costs they incur in their efforts to keep our communities safe,” he added.
Another bill Battles proposed (House Bill 1236) allows legal charges to be filed against someone who slanders an individual by stealing his or her image. Under current law, charges can be filed against a person who slanders for financial gain, but there is no protection against slander for other reasons.
“Social media have made it difficult to define the legality of certain slanderous actions,” said Battles. “This bill would make it a misdemeanor to use an image to commit horrendous actions under another person’s identity.”
Battles is also proposing legislation (House Bill 1234) to grant the Indiana Department of Education the authority to set standards for family friendly schools, which encourage greater participation in school activities and operations from the families of students. The template would define what schools can do to include parents in their children’s education.
“Successful schools take the 'village' approach,” Battles. “When parents take pride and ownership in schools and their children’s education, everyone achieves more.”