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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: Priority Asbestos Trust Bill Passes House Judiciary by Slim Margin

House Bill 1181 – Asbestos Litigation Authored by Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) Requires certain disclosures regarding asbestos trust claims in civil asbestos actions. Requires a defendant to identify additional trust claims that a defendant believes a plaintiff is eligible for in a written motion. Requires a defendant to disclose, in the defendant’s motion, the basis for the defendant’s belief [...]

2019-02-15T13:42:37+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Top Story: Bias Crimes Hearing on Monday

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

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

Top Story: Chamber Pushing Venture Capital Transferability in Governor’s Economic Development Package

Senate Bill 563 – Economic Development Authored by Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) Makes a variety of changes to tax policy and tax incentive programs intended to promote and enhance economic development. The major components are: (1) moving to a market-based sourcing method for income apportionment for service companies; (2) a small business innovation voucher program to assist in research; [...]

2019-02-15T13:31:03+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Quick Hits: Water Funding on to Full House; Negative Employer Retaliation Bill Dead; Broadband Bill Favorably Amended

House Bill 1406 (Water Infrastructure Funding), authored by Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), cleared the House Ways and Means Committee 22-0 on Thursday and now is ready for the full House. This Chamber priority bill annual appropriates $20 million to the Water Infrastructure Fund from the general fund, beginning next July. The bill also promotes sustainability of water resources and [...]

2019-02-08T12:36:44+00:00February 8th, 2019|