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Indiana Chamber Comments at State Bias Crimes Hearing

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar offered the following remarks today before the Indiana Senate Public Policy Committee, which was hearing bias crimes legislation, Senate Bill 12. The Indiana Chamber is a strong supporter of the state Legislature passing a bias/hate crimes bill and has made it a priority. Brinegar’s remarks: “First and foremost, we [...]

2019-02-18T09:59:11+00:00February 18th, 2019|

Chamber Take on Bias Crimes Hearing This Morning

Legislation to pass a bias crimes law takes center stage this morning as SB 12, authored by Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and Sen. Mike Bohacek (R-Michigan City), goes before the Senate Public Policy Committee. This is a priority issue for the Indiana Chamber and we will be pushing for the most all-encompassing measure to be enacted. Senate Bill 12 [...]

2019-02-18T08:01:25+00:00February 18th, 2019|

2019 Best Places to Work in Indiana Companies Named; Chamber Announces Rankings April 30

(INDIANAPOLIS) — For the second straight year, 125 Hoosier companies have been named to the Best Places to Work in Indiana list. Distinguishing the 2019 class: More than 40 of the companies weren’t on the list last year. “After 14 years of the program, it’s great to see such continued growth and new interest,” offers Indiana Chamber of Commerce President [...]

2019-02-18T07:37:53+00:00February 18th, 2019|

Worker’s Comp Benefit Increase Heard in Committee, Fails on Tie Vote; IOSHA Bill Responding to Worker’s Death Moves in Committee

Senate Bill 358 – Worker’s Compensation Authored by Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage)    Increases benefits for injuries and disablements by 10% each year for three years, beginning on July 1, 2019. Chamber Position: Oppose The Latest: The chairman of the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee, Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville), took a vote on the bill and it failed 5-5. [...]

2019-02-15T14:43:56+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Wide-Ranging Bill That Includes Career-Technical Education Heard in Committee

House Bill 1629 – Various Education Matters Authored by Rep. Robert Behning (R-Indianapolis) Bills includes several provisions aligned with Indiana Chamber policy priorities, including expansion of state-supported internships and career-technical education (CTE) programming for high school students and a new high school graduation requirement designed to increase student access to financial aid for further education and workforce training. Chamber [...]

2019-02-15T14:31:06+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Revisions Called for in Department of Revenue Bill; Administrative Law Judge ‘Pool’ Bill Refined; More Movies Coming to Indiana?

Senate Bill 565 – Department of State Revenue Authored by Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) Contains numerous changes to the administrative procedures governing the operations of the department of revenue. Full details. Chamber Position: Support in Part/Oppose in Part The Latest: Passed the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee and now headed to the Senate floor for consideration. Chamber Action/Commentary: This is [...]

2019-02-15T14:28:25+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Chamber Backs Protection of Key Workers; Needed Fix for Distressed Water/Wastewater Utilities Garners Unanimous Approval  

Senate Bill 304 – Intimidation Against Utility Workers Authored by Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) As introduced, provides that a person who communicates a threat to another person with the intent of interfering with the provision of utility service or communications service for a dwelling, building or other structure commits intimidation, a Class A misdemeanor. Provides that the offense is [...]

2019-02-15T14:17:47+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Health Care Cost Sharing Bill Heard in House Insurance

House Bill 1307 – Health Care Service Cost Sharing Authored by Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) Requires a state employee health plan, a policy of accident and sickness insurance, and a contract with a health maintenance organization to provide coverage for treatment of ectodermal dysplasia. Chamber Position: Oppose The Latest: Representative Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne), House Insurance Committee chairman, held [...]

2019-02-15T14:14:32+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Quick Hits: Meeting With U.S. Sen. Mike Braun; Wage Assignment Bill Pulled, While Meaningful School Accountability Moves On

On the federal front – On February 11, the Indiana Chamber’s Greg Ellis and Jeff Brantley met with U.S. Sen. Mike Braun in his Indianapolis office. The Chamber highlighted key issues that its membership has identified. Some of those issues include the continued concern over tariffs/trade, the negative impacts of a medical device tax and general tax issues. Senator [...]

2019-02-15T14:08:27+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Top Story: House Again Rejects Township Reform, Common Sense

House Bill 1650 – Elimination of Township Advisory Boards Authored by Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Eliminates three-member township boards that oversee the township trustee in all townships except in Marion County. Full details. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: The bill was defeated by the full House 18-75 on Tuesday. Chamber Action/Commentary: Last year, the House majority let die legislation that would [...]

2019-02-15T13:49:36+00:00February 15th, 2019|