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Wireless Structure Bill Voted From Senate Committee

Bill # and Title: HB 1050 – Small Cell Wireless Structures Author: Rep. David Ober (R-Albion) Summary: Provides that the definition of “wireless support structure” does not include a utility pole owned or operated by: (1) a public utility; (2) a municipality; (3) an electric membership corporation; or (4) a rural electric cooperative. Does include wireless carriers. Provides that [...]

2018-02-16T12:57:58+00:00 February 16th, 2018|

Drug Formulary Bill for Worker’s Compensation Goes to Full Senate

Bill and Title: SB 369 – Worker's Compensation Drug Formulary Author: Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) Summary: As introduced, requires the commissioner of insurance to adopt rules for exclusive use, beginning July 1, 2020, of a worker’s compensation drug formulary by worker’s compensation insurers. Specifies application of the formulary for employees who file notice of injury or occupational disease before [...]

2018-02-02T13:08:38+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|

Federal Relations: Medical Device Tax Gets Reprieve, Solar Energy Price Increase, WOTUS Confusion

- On Monday, Congress passed an amended version of H.R. 195, the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act. The bill, signed by President Trump later that day, extends government funding through February 8, 2018, as well as suspends the medical device tax for two years and renews the Children’s Health Insurance Program funding for six years. The medical device tax [...]

2018-01-26T14:19:48+00:00 January 26th, 2018|

Young Introduces Measure on AI Technology; Messer’s Reverse Transfer Concept Amended Into Reauthorization Bill

- Senator Todd Young, along with Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Ed Markey (D-MA), and Reps. John Delaney (D-MD) and Pete Olson (R-TX), introduced first-of-its-kind legislation that would promote an enabling environment for the continued development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The Fundamentally Understanding the Usability and Realistic Evolution of Artificial Intelligence Act of 2017 – or FUTURE of AI Act – [...]

2017-12-20T12:32:20+00:00 December 20th, 2017|

Walorski Pushes for New Repeal of Medical Device Tax; Ways and Means Committee Focuses on Obamacare Tax Relief

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) has brought forth legislation to suspend the medical device tax for five years. She joined Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) in co-authoring the bill, H.R. 4617, which would delay the implementation of the 2.3% tax that was originally created through the Affordable Care Act. In 2017, Congress delayed the tax for two years, but without intervention [...]

2017-12-20T12:16:39+00:00 December 20th, 2017|

Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to Headline Chamber’s Legislative Dinner

Reince Priebus believes the Republican Party could be in for a rough midterm election if leaders don’t follow through on two key campaign promises. Of health care and tax reform: “If you’re selling something continuously that you’re going to get it done, you’ve got to get it done. You can’t misrepresent,” says the former White House chief of staff. [...]

2017-12-20T12:36:12+00:00 December 20th, 2017|

Congress Passes Landmark Tax Bill; Key Provisions Highlighted

It wasn’t a short or easy journey, but sweeping tax reform has been enacted! The U.S. tax code has not been updated since 1986. The House of Representatives, for example, has been working on comprehensive tax reform since January 2011. Over the last nearly seven years, there have been 41 House Ways and Means Committee tax reform hearings and [...]

2017-12-20T13:07:48+00:00 December 20th, 2017|

More Hoosiers in Trump Administration; Other Delegation Briefs

Another Hoosier is headed to Washington, D.C. to work in the Trump administration. This week, President Trump announced his pick for Secretary for Health and Human Services: Alex Azar, a former Eli Lilly executive. A lawyer by trade, Azar has spent the past 10 years focusing his time on government health care regulation.The most recent secretaries of this agency [...]

2017-11-17T14:20:11+00:00 November 17th, 2017|

Senator Young Pushes for Improved VA Efficiency

Senator Todd Young met this week with Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Washington, D.C. to push for faster, more efficient claims processing in the VA. The meeting follows Young’s October visit to the Indianapolis Regional Office to highlight some of the department’s longest outstanding cases. “Secretary Shulkin is a [...]

2017-11-17T14:12:10+00:00 November 17th, 2017|

Donnelly Part of Bipartisan Regulatory Relief Agreement for Banks

Senator Joe Donnelly has crafted and reached a bipartisan agreement to reduce regulatory burdens on community banks and credit unions while providing additional protection for consumers. Donnelly, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, stated, "This bipartisan regulatory relief package is an example of what we can achieve when we work together, and the result of good-faith negotiations with [...]

2017-11-17T14:09:06+00:00 November 17th, 2017|