Authors: Senator James Merritt
Co-authors: Senator Mark Stoops, Senator James Arnold, Senator Lonnie Randolph
Creates the servicemembers civil relief act. Provides that protections under Indiana's civil relief act supplement protections for servicemembers under the federal servicemembers civil relief act. Sets forth duties for the Indiana national guard regarding information to be posted on its web site concerning the servicemembers civil relief act. Provides free admission for veterans to state parks, playgrounds, and historical sites held or managed by the department of natural resources (department). Provides for a 25% reduction for veterans of any fees charged for facilities, lodging, and recreational activities held or managed by the department or by a third party under an operating agreement. Authorizes the department to issue a free lifetime license to hunt, fish, or trap to veterans. Requires, under certain circumstances, the department of workforce development to give a member of the armed forces of the United States, reserves, or National Guard or the spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States, reserves, or National Guard priority for placement in any federal or state employment or training program administered by the department of workforce development. (Current law provides that this priority be given only to members of the National Guard or their spouses.) Allows members of the Indiana reserve component of the armed forces to receive a scholarship from the National Guard Tuition Supplement Program (program). Makes certain changes to the program. Provides funding for the program. Provides employment protections for veterans. Creates a private right of action for veterans regarding employment law violations. Makes an appropriation.