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Quick Hits on E-Cigarettes, Mandates, Occupational Safety and Health Fine, Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Senate Bill 162 (Chronic Pain Management), authored by Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), was amended on second reading this week to better define chronic pain. While it’s not what we would call a good bill, it has been changed to where it is about as good as we are going to get it (it’s still a mandate, however, which we [...]

2019-04-12T14:25:18-04:00April 12th, 2019|

Workforce Development, Career and Technical Education, Accountability Measures Take Next Steps

Senate Bill 420 (Workforce Development), authored by Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond), was amended and passed unanimously by the House Education Committee this week. The amended bill allows for the creation of industry collaboration organizations (ICOs), which would be eligible to receive state grant funds and matching donations from local industry that: 1) strengthen and align career coaching and navigation [...]

2019-04-12T14:11:15-04:00April 12th, 2019|

Budget Fireworks? … Don’t Count on Big Show

Let’s face it, there isn’t really that much disagreement between the Governor’s budget, the House budget and now the Senate budget. This is because they are all “balanced” and “maintain strong reserves.” They all fund schools and support teachers, etc. We shouldn’t be surprised that they are similar in most regards because these folks all work together throughout the [...]

2019-04-12T14:01:55-04:00April 12th, 2019|

Pressure Now on ADL to Properly Recognize State’s New Hate Crimes Law

Indiana is officially the 46th state with a hate crimes statute! On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed SB 198 into law. The previous day, the Senate concurred on the House-amended measure 34-14. While language in the bill (see bolded text) isn’t as delineated as we originally advocated for, it’s still a very meaningful hate crimes bill. It is [...]

2019-04-05T15:38:45-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Purdue’s Economic Ideas Forum on 4/18 Showcases Faculty Research on Policy-Relevant Topics (West Lafayette)

Hear the latest research on topics that affect our lives and policies, including education, crime, poverty, discrimination in the labor market, the opioid crisis, the science of motivation and more, during the Purdue University Research Center in Economics’ annual Economic Ideas Forum, Thursday, April 18, 2019. Interact with Krannert School of Management faculty and fellow community, business, and government [...]

2019-04-05T15:24:10-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Bill to Require Township Capital Improvement Plans Gets Senate Committee Approval

House Bill 1177 – Township Government Issues Authored by Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Requires a township to prepare a capital improvement plan for the ensuing three years if the balance in certain capital improvement funds in the preceding year exceeds 150% of the township's annual budget estimate. Prohibits the township from collecting property taxes for certain capital improvement funds [...]

2019-04-05T13:23:44-04:00April 5th, 2019|

IDEM Bill Now Includes Ability for Agency to Set More Permit Fees; Likely Reduction on Local Government Reach Outside of Their Boundaries

House Bill 1278 – Various Environmental Matters Authored by Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw) This bill corrects or resolves various issues related to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). It also makes some technical corrections to Indiana Code and the Code of Federal Regulations citations. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: On Monday, the bill was heard by the Senate Environmental [...]

2019-04-05T13:47:44-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Both House and Senate Marketplace Facilitator Bills Alive For Now; Ways and Means Committee Amends, Then Passes RV Bill

Senate Bill 322 and HB 1352 do essentially the same thing: They require online facilitators, online platforms, to collect and remit state sales tax like a retail merchant when they facilitate a retail sale via the internet. They both also have a number of special provisions necessary to address the unique nature of these online transactions. The only real [...]

2019-04-05T13:11:11-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Worker’s Comp Benefit Increase Seems Dead; E-Cigarette Tax and Wage Assignment Bills on Hold; Substance Misuse Program Follow-up

House Bill 1182 (Worker’s Compensation), authored by Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne), achieved final passage this week with a successful concurrence vote along party lines, 65-29. This Chamber-supported bill does two important things: 1) clarifies who is responsible for worker’s compensation for volunteer firefighters (it’s not employers but the fire department); and 2) increases the burial amount an employer must [...]

2019-04-05T13:02:01-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Much-Needed School Accountability Bill in Spotlight; Teacher Career Ladders and Pre-K Bills Clear Committee

House Bill 1404 – School Accountability Authored by Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) Bills seeks to align high school performance measures with more meaningful post-high school outcomes, including student completion of industry-recognized credentials, enrollment in postsecondary education/training and military enlistment. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: Heard by the Senate Education and Career Development Committee, with a vote on the bill next week. [...]

2019-04-05T12:46:38-04:00April 5th, 2019|