MUNSTER | Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana and the Israel Bonds Committee presented State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon (D-Munster) with its Friend of Israel Award during a recent awards dinner in Munster.
Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana Executive Director Michael Steinberg, also honored during the event, said the award was in recognition of Candelaria Reardon’s legislative efforts.
“We value her work as a state representative. Her work doesn’t benefit just the Jewish community, but the entire region. She is a great advocate for her constituents,” Steinberg said.
Steinberg said the Jewish community was particularly pleased with Candelaria Reardon’s co-sponsorship of Senate Bill 231. Signed into law in March, the bill forbids state agencies from contracting with any party currently investing in Iran’s energy sector.
“We wanted to make sure Indiana did not directly or indirectly do business with Iran in an effort to prevent that country from manufacturing nuclear weapons,” said Candelaria Reardon. “Such weapons of mass destruction would be a great threat to Israel’s security as well the well-being of our other allies.
“Iran is an alleged state sponsor of terrorism,” continued Candelaria Reardon. “Preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons will ensure greater regional peace in the Middle East and ultimately make the world safer for the U.S. and all other countries who face the threat of terrorism.”
The new law requires the Indiana Department of Administration to create a list of companies and groups conducting business with Iran and publish it on the state website.