Rep. Huston Pledges Liability Reform Top Priority
NFIB, or the National Federation of Independent Business, Indiana’s leading small business organization, is proud to announce that a great friend of small business, Speaker Todd Huston, is the latest recipient of the Guardian of Small Business award. The award is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with small business on key issues.
NFIB State Director in Indiana, Barbara Quandt, presented Speaker Huston the award in Fishers. Speaker Huston was first elected in House District 37 in 2012. In 2019, he authored the state’s budget, which included a historic investment in education funding with $763 million in new money for K-12 and a continued committment to economic growth and development in Indiana. Huston previously served on the Hamilton Southeastern School Board, Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation Board, Fishers Planning Commission and Indiana Leadership Forum Board of Directors. Huston and his wife, Denise, live in Fishers with their two children.
“Speaker Huston deserves this award because he is a true friend to small business. He understands how important small business owners are to Indiana’s economy: they create jobs and support their employees and their families,” said NFIB State Director in Indiana, Barbara Quandt. “We appreciate all the work that Speaker Huston is doing to make sure our small business owners survive this economic and health pandemic.”
“Small businesses are the heart of our Indiana communities. In light of the pandemic, we need to be even more focused on how we can support them. I am confident that with the right support, they will come out of this challenging time stronger and better. I am proud to serve in a legislature where we have been able to create a great business environment in Indiana,” said Speaker Huston.
One of the biggest concerns right now for small business owners in Indiana is frivolous lawsuits. They fear that their customers and employees could sue them if they get COVID-19, even if the small business owner did everything they could to protect them against the virus. A recent NFIB survey found that more than 70% of Indiana small business owners are worried about liability claims increasing. Speaker Huston pledged that liability reform is on his top agenda when the legislature goes back into session early next year.
NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business Award is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with small business on the key issues identified by small business owners. Those who voted with small business on key issues during the 2019-2020 Indiana legislative session earned the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award. NFIB informs lawmakers in advance which votes will be considered NFIB Key Votes and asks lawmakers to support the consensus views of our members. We also remind them that the results will be reported back to the NFIB membership.