At a recent bill signing, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Gov. Mike Pence join the Indiana FFA state officer team, as well as several other FFA leaders, who were on hand to witness the event. The signing of House Enrolled Act 1068 and House Enrolled Act 1481 will help make Hoosier commerce better for everybody, Pence said.
At a recent bill signing, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Gov. Mike Pence join the Indiana FFA state officer team, as well as several other FFA leaders, who were on hand to witness the event. The signing of House Enrolled Act 1068 and House Enrolled Act 1481 will help make Hoosier commerce better for everybody, Pence said.

INDIANAPOLIS — To help make sure agriculture in Indiana stays in the forefront among other states’ farm industries, Gov. Mike Pence recently signed two bills into law.

House Enrolled Act 1068 provides that certain exemptions to the federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act apply to the operation of commercial motor vehicles relating to agriculture, while House Enrolled Act 1481 authorizes the Indiana Department of Transportation or a local authority to grant permits for transporting overweight divisible loads.

Mike Pence noted that the signing of the bills makes it possible for Hoosier producers to move their product around the state without the added burden of worrying about regulations.

The signing also puts Indiana in compliance with federal legislation that was adopted in 2012.

Since his first day in office, Pence stressed, job creation has been job No. 1 for his administration — in the city and on the farm.

Both pieces of legislation are an important step in making new jobs a reality for the agriculture community in Indiana, he said.

On hand at the signing was Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Gina Sheets, legislators and several youth representing the Indiana FFA organization.

During the ceremony, Pence gave special recognition to Indiana FFA President Cameron Mann, the rest of her teammates and other young agricultural leaders for being an enormous source of pride for the state and for still being able to represent not only FFA, but agriculture, in general, after the loss they experienced.

Earlier in the year, three South Ripley FFA members were killed in an auto accident.

“We’re so proud of FFA in Indiana,” the governor said.

He added that while the youth organization suffered a very grievous loss this year, his administration is going to do whatever it can to make sure FFA is “center stage” and able to reach the Hoosier community.