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Disappointments Overshadow a Few Victories in Health Care and Labor Relations

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law Simply put, it was one of the Chamber’s biggest disappointments of the session: The General Assembly failing to implement reforms to reduce smoking in Indiana. We knew the landscape going in but felt something positive could occur. Since 2018 was a non-budget year, that meant no one [...]

2018-03-30T11:49:04+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Water, Alcohol and Recap of Energy/Environmental Efforts

By Greg Ellis, vice president of energy and environmental policy The headline: A plan to address drinking water, wastewater and storm water management needs in Indiana should happen sooner rather than later. That’s all possible thanks to HB 1267 which establishes a water infrastructure taskforce to develop the long-awaited, long-term strategy. This was a legislative priority for the Chamber [...]

2018-03-30T12:15:25+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Technology and Innovation: Mix of Progress and Frustration

By Mark Lawrance, vice president of engagement and innovation policy In 2018, the Indiana Chamber championed several key economic development and technology bills to further Indiana’s progress with tech, innovation and business growth. An obvious victory was Indiana’s move to become the fourth state in the country to eliminate taxation of software as a service (SaaS) (see Bill Waltz’s [...]

2018-03-30T11:51:14+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Not One for the Record Books

By Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO The Indiana General Assembly has a strong track record, over many years, of productive legislative sessions that have helped propel our state’s business climate to top 10 status in the country. The 2018 edition does not earn a spot on that list. Yes, it is more difficult to enact game-changing legislation in a [...]

2018-03-30T11:08:29+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Top Story: Chamber-Priority SaaS Bill Set to Become Law

This week, the Senate unanimously approved the House changes to Senate Bill 257 (Sales Tax on Software). This bill began as a top Chamber goal; it was embraced by the administration and made a priority of the Governor, the Senate got it introduced and rolling, then the House took good legislation and made it even better. The Senate concurrence [...]

2018-03-09T13:08:38+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

Federal Relations: Donnelly-Led Banking Reform Package Nearing Crucial Vote in Senate

The bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act is now expected to have a final vote in the U.S. Senate next week. Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly has been instrumental in getting the measure to this point – introducing it along with several colleagues, crafting provisions and working to garner support. The legislative package has received positive comments [...]

2018-03-09T11:18:32+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

General Statehouse: Where Key Bills Stand

The 2018 Indiana legislative session is in the home stretch with an end date of this coming Wednesday. Another select group of business-related bills crossed the finish line this week (and last) and are ultimately headed to the Governor’s desk. Others are bound for conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. Meanwhile, two bills saw [...]

2018-03-09T11:36:18+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

House and Senate in Agreement on SaaS Bills

Bill # and Title: HB 1316 – Sales Taxes and Credits; SB 257 – Sales Tax on Software Authors: Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville); Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) Summary: Provides that for the purposes of the sales tax, a person is a retail merchant making a retail transaction when the person sells, rents, leases or licenses for consideration the right [...]

2018-03-02T13:54:34+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|

Asbestos Bill Most Likely Dead for 2018 Session

Bill # and Title: HB 1061 – Asbestos Litigation Author: Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) Summary: Urges the Legislative Council to assign to the appropriate interim study committee the topic of the appropriate statute of repose duration for certain product liability actions. Requires certain disclosures regarding asbestos bankruptcy trust claims in civil asbestos actions. Provides medical criteria to set aside [...]

2018-03-02T13:51:34+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|