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Quick Hits: Power Plant Moratorium Stays Gone, Plus Gaming and Vehicle Sharing Bills Up in the Air

Senate Bill 472 (Utility Rates and Acquisitions), authored by Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford), is now in conference committee. The highlight here is the moratorium language remains out! (The moratorium would have prevented large new power plants from coming online for the next two years.) The underlying water bill remains significantly intact, with the only proposed adjustment a “small utility” [...]

2019-04-19T13:58:09-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Chamber Continues Push for E-Cigarette Tax

The prospects of an e-cigarette tax became unclear this week when a second reading amendment turned HB 1444 (Taxation of Electronic Cigarettes), authored by Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), into a summer study committee. The measure subsequently passed the full Senate 45-2. It appears senators chose to listen to those lobbying on behalf of the Juul vape product and convenience [...]

2019-04-19T13:49:51-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Priority Chamber Bills Focused on Education and Workforce Alignment Hit Roadblock

House Bill 1404 (School Accountability) and Senate Bill 420 (Workforce Development) failed to make it through the third reading deadlines in both houses this week. The former urged the State Board of Education to include “postsecondary outcome” measures like student enrollment in postsecondary education/training programs and completion of industry-recognized credentials in the state’s A-F school accountability system as a [...]

2019-04-19T13:47:41-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Transferability of Venture Capital Tax Credit Nearing Reality; Bills on Broadband Expansion and Data Centers Headed to Governor

Senate Bill 563 – Economic Development Authored by Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) and Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) Makes a variety of positive changes to tax policy and incentive programs intended to promote and enhance economic development. Of note, the bill allows a taxpayer to assign all or part of a venture capital investment tax credit (VCI), subject to certain [...]

2019-04-22T14:02:13-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Chamber-Backed Wage Assignment Goes to Conference Committee

Senate Bill 99 – Wage Assignments for Clothing and Tools Authored by Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) Provides that a wage assignment for the purchase, rental or use of uniforms, shirts, pants and other job-related clothing may not be an amount that exceeds the direct cost paid by the employer to an external vendor for those items. Provides that a [...]

2019-04-19T13:35:55-04:00April 19th, 2019|

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|

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|