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Celebrate Internship Excellence at 2020 IMPACT Awards Luncheon

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana INTERNnet’s 14th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon is set to take place on February 18 at the Ritz Charles Ballrooms in Carmel. It will focus on celebrating internship excellence, featuring moderated discussions with interns, employers and career development professionals on their best practices. Indiana INTERNnet is managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and the program serves as [...]

2020-01-24T15:23:14-05:00January 24th, 2020|

Trio of Health Care Bills Feature Pharmacy Benefit Managers, Provider ‘Gag Clause’ and Emotional Testimony Over Mandate

Senate Health Committee Hears Bill to Regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers SB 3 – Benefit Managers Regulation Authored by Sen. Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne) Requires that a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) – a company that manages prescription drug benefits on behalf of health insurers – obtain a license issued by the Department of Insurance. Sets forth requirements of the pharmacy [...]

2020-01-24T14:28:27-05:00January 24th, 2020|

Game-Changing Student Aid Bill Clears First Major Hurdle

SB 223 – High School Graduation Requirement Authored by Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) Co-authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) and Sen. David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) The bill would require Indiana high school seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) unless: 1) the student’s parent signs a waiver that the student understands what the FAFSA is [...]

2020-01-24T14:20:56-05:00January 24th, 2020|

Payroll Company Bill Needs Studied

SB 320 – Withholding Tax Remittance Authored by Sen. Linda Rogers (R-Granger) Provides that the state Department of State Revenue shall only accept payment of employer withholding taxes that are made or withdrawn directly from the business account of the employer that is liable for withholding and remitting the tax. Prohibits the department from accepting payment of employer withholding [...]

2020-01-24T14:16:07-05:00January 24th, 2020|

Energy and Environment: Parade of Bills Has Our Attention

Business Would Pay Extra for Stormwater Infrastructure Under Proposed Bill SB 46 – Storm Water Fee Exemptions Authored by Sen. Aaron Freeman (R-Indianapolis) This bill provides that the board of a municipal department of storm water management, the board of a county department of storm water management, or the board of public works of a consolidated city may not [...]

2020-01-24T14:09:12-05:00January 24th, 2020|

Wrongful Death Damage Increase Gains Steam

SB 101 – Wrongful Death Damages Authored by Sen Mike Bohacek (R-Michigan City) Increases the aggregate damages cap for a wrongful death action from $300,000 to $700,000. Chamber position: Oppose The latest: The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 7-3. Had two senators who are generally business friendly voted against it, the bill would have stalled 5-5. Indiana Chamber action/commentary: No [...]

2020-01-24T14:03:53-05:00January 24th, 2020|

QUICK TAKES: Worker’s Comp Increase Heads to the Full Senate; Bills Raising Smoking Age Pass Both Houses; Another Occupational Licensing Bill Gets Held

Senate Bill 202 (Worker’s Compensation), authored by Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage), cleared the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee by a vote of 5-1. This measure would increase benefits for injuries and disablements by 2% each year for three years, beginning on July 1, 2020. The Chamber believes that this is a very reasonable increase. However, this must be paired [...]

2020-01-24T13:49:56-05:00January 24th, 2020|

Chamber-Opposed Bill Supporting Continued Large Payouts From ELTF Narrowly Clears First Hurdle

HB 1282 – Excess Liability Trust Fund Authored by Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) The bill provides that the administrator shall, not later than March 31, 2020, pay claims for costs from the Excess Liability Trust Fund (ELTF) for claims submitted within a specified period of time. It also establishes a formula for paying claims for reimbursement from the ELTF [...]

2020-01-24T13:37:49-05:00January 24th, 2020|

Event Offers Holistic Tech Focus, Highlighted by Cyber Security Tips

Cyber attacks are the most significant risk factor facing Hoosier businesses today. An overriding goal of the 2020 Business Technology Summit is to provide information to help companies protect themselves. The event runs tomorrow and Thursday at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown. The FBI, industry experts and leading employers are scheduled to take part. The opening keynote focuses on cyber [...]

2020-01-21T14:59:53-05:00January 21st, 2020|

Energy and Environment: Notice of Environmental Contamination Bill Burdensome and Expands Existing Law

HB 1257 – Notice of Environmental Contamination Authored by Rep. Patricia Boy (D-Michigan City) The bill requires a person who causes a spill of certain substances into waters of the state to report the spill immediately to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), the county health officer of each county in which the spill occurred, downstream water users, [...]

2020-01-17T13:18:57-05:00January 17th, 2020|