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House Committee OKs Sunday Sales; Cold Beer Gets Cold Shoulder From Senate Group

Bill # and Title: HB 1051 – Sunday Sales of Alcoholic Beverages for Carryout Author: Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) Summary: This bill allows package liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores and qualifying restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from the hours of noon until 8 p.m. Chamber Position: Support Status: Heard last week by [...]

2018-01-19T15:01:44+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Chamber Priority Bill on Computer Science Clears Senate Committee; House Workforce Bill Gets First Hearing; Competency Based Education Legislation Moves to Ways and Means

Chamber Priority Bill on Computer Science Clears Senate Committee Bill # and Title: SB 172 – Computer Science Curriculum Author: Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) Summary: Establishes the Next Level Computer Science Grant Program and the Next Level Computer Science Fund to award grants, after June 30, 2019, to eligible entities to implement teacher professional development programs for training in [...]

2018-01-19T14:51:48+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

‘Raise It for Health’ Rally Highlights Cigarette Tax Hike Push

On Tuesday, the Indiana Chamber took part in the “Raise It for Health” rally at the Statehouse to push for a $1.50 increase in the state cigarette tax. Indiana is among the very worst states for percentage of smokers – we are the 9th highest nationally. At the event, Chamber CEO Kevin Brinegar joined other Alliance for a Healthier [...]

2018-01-19T14:44:51+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Water Management and Road/Utility Repair Bills Heard in Committee

Bill # and Title: HB 1267 – Water Infrastructure Taskforce Author: Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) Summary: Establishes a Water Infrastructure Taskforce consisting of 14 members including: the chair of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), four other ex-officio members, three members of the Senate, three members of the House of Representatives and three members appointed by the Governor. It [...]

2018-01-19T14:38:50+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Autonomous Vehicle Bill Drives Out of Committee; House and Senate Committees Consider Different Wireless Structure (Small Cell) Bills

Autonomous Vehicle Bill Drives Out of Committee Bill # and Title: HB 1341 – Autonomous Vehicles Author: Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) Summary: Preempts local government from enacting laws that prohibits the authorized use of an automated vehicle. Allows a person with a driver’s license to operate an automated vehicle on a public highway. Requires automated vehicles to comply with [...]

2018-01-19T15:29:16+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

On the Federal Front: Government Shutdown Looms at Midnight; Repeal of Medical Device Tax at Stake

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a short-term funding bill for the government through mid-February. Yet avoiding a government shutdown is far from certain, with the Senate needing 60 votes to move it forward to a vote. Among the provisions, the bill would help continue our military readiness and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six [...]

2018-01-19T15:24:32+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

SaaS Legislation Gets Unanimous Committee Support in Senate

Bill # and Title: SB 257 – Sales Tax on Software (SaaS) Author: Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) Summary: Provides that for purposes of the sales tax, a person is a retail merchant making a retail transaction when the person grants a user the right to use prewritten computer software delivered electronically. Specifies, however, that a transaction in which a [...]

2018-01-19T14:16:33+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Township Merger Bill Starts Journey

Bill # and Title: HB 1005 – Township Government Matters Author: Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Summary: Allows a participating unit in a newly formed fire protection territory to phase in the unit’s property tax levy over a period not exceeding three years. Requires all townships with a population of less than 1,200 to merge with other townships, effective not [...]

2018-01-19T14:03:44+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Donnelly and Young Join Forces; DACA Moves Back Into Spotlight

- Former Eli Lilly executive Alex Azar received a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee this week as President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Procedurally, the President had to re-nominate him in 2018. Since Azar was confirmed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee fairly easily, we do not anticipate any issues [...]

2018-01-12T14:25:32+00:00 January 12th, 2018|

Detrimental Ban on Coal Tar Products Gets Hearing

Bill # and Title: SB 168 – Ban on the Sale or Use of Coal Tar Pavement Products Author: Sen. David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) Summary: Prohibits the sale, or offer for sale, and the application to pavement of a coal tar pavement product except as required for purposes of research on the effects of the coal tar pavement product [...]

2018-01-12T14:18:29+00:00 January 12th, 2018|