"As your State Representative, I pledge to serve to my best abilities the citizens of the area, by encouraging what makes this district great. This region of the state has been ignored for a long time - Funding Schools, Indiana's strong reliance on Property Taxes, Personal Rights and Safety as well as Economic Development are some of the few points that need to be addressed. It is time to stand up and make our voice heard."
Rep. Knollman Supports Unemployed Assistance
(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 30, 2008 - Out-of-work Hoosiers will be pleased to know the Indiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 1219 by a vote of 56-41. The bill would provide unemployment insurance to employees dismissed because of a layoff or plant closure. The bill now heads to the Indiana Senate.
“The purpose of HB 1219 was to create a way to ease the burden of a layoff for the employees who have lost their jobs,” said Rep. Tom Knollman (R-Liberty), who voted for the bill during Tuesday night’s House session. “I think that every little bit counts.”
HB 1219 specifies that a person who accepts an early retirement offer or other compensation offered by an employer and meets the eligibility requirements, is entitled to receive unemployment insurance benefits.
“HB 1219 will help alleviate some of the hardships brought on by layoffs, specifically in the Connersville area due to the Visteon plant closing,” said Rep. Knollman.
Visteon Corp. announced the closing of the Connersville plant in early 2007, as part of the company's three-year plan to fix, close or sell about 30 facilities. The plant in Connersville, about 60 miles east of Indianapolis, had about 750 hourly and 140 salaried employees. Visteon had been the largest employer in Fayette County for decades before its closing.
Rep. Knollman serves House District 55, which includes Fayette and Union counties as well as portions of Wayne, Franklin and Dearborn counties. He can be reached by writing him at the Indiana Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Room 401, Indianapolis, IN 46204, or by e-mail at email@example.com.