Introduced Version, Senate Bill 0163 – Singles out furniture made by inmates in the DOC for sale only to state and local governments. Other goods can be sold on the open market. Looks like Sen. Jackman got a $400 contribution from “Old Hickory Furniture, Co.” Not exactly huge money but could explain his involvement in this bill. Also, Old Hickory gave $2,000 to the Indiana Manufacturers PAC and they gave Sen. Jackman $1,000.
The bill just seemed unusually specific, so I thought I’d dig a little. Could be coincidence, I suppose.