As first reported in today’s edition of “The Cheat Sheet”, State Senator Luke Kenley is announcing he is retiring from the Chamber.
The Noblesville Republican announced he will retire on September 30. He was first elected in 1992.
During his time in the Senate, Kenley’s main focus has been tax and fiscal matters.
He helped lead efforts in 2003 to eliminate the state’s inventory tax and sponsored legislation in 2013 to do away with the state’s inheritance tax.
In 2008 and 2010, Kenley led the legislative effort to permanently cap property taxes for homeowners, farmers, and employers, giving Hoosiers more predictability in their property tax bills and helping encourage economic investment in the state. The constitutional amendment authorizing the tax caps was approved by 72 percent of Hoosier voters on the 2010 statewide ballot.
In 2005, Kenley sponsored legislation that led to the construction of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which attracts millions of entertainment and tourism dollars to central Indiana each year. The stadium’s construction was also key to Indianapolis hosting Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
In 2006, Kenley sponsored legislation that created a tax credit of up to $1,000 for contributions to Indiana’s College Choice 529 Direct Savings Plan. Indiana’s college savings plan tax credit is widely recognized as being one of the most generous in the nation.
Most recently he helped author Indiana’s multi-year, multi-billion dollar road funding plan.
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