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Chamber Backs Infrastructure Protections Measure, Fix of TDSIC Utilities Statute

2019-02-01T14:07:08+00:00February 1st, 2019|

Senate Bill 471 – Offenses Involving Critical Infrastructure
Authored by Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford)

This bill is designed to protect utility infrastructure, certain business assets, water infrastructure and other important infrastructure from trespassing and damages. It defines critical infrastructure to include energy infrastructure, pipelines, water infrastructure, certain business property, as well as protected categories as identified by federal law.

Chamber Position: Support

The Latest: The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation heard the bill on Tuesday and adopted two minor clarifying amendments to the bill. The measure passed unanimously, 7-0, and is now eligible for further action on the Senate floor. 

Chamber Action/Commentary: The Indiana Chamber testified in support of this bill because it will provide additional protections not just for utilities but also industry and businesses – like pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers that use chemicals in their processes. Increased security of the critical infrastructure will ensure reliable services, which can reduce costly shutdowns for all.

House Bill 1470 – Utility Transmission Improvements and Costs
Authored by Sen. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso)

This bill amends the statute concerning transmission, distribution and storage system improvement charges (TDSIC) for electric and gas utilities. The bill requires a utility to update its TDSIC plan every year and says a plan may include new projects or improvements. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) must approve the TDSIC plan before it can be implemented.

Chamber Position: Support

The Latest: The House Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications heard the bill on Wednesday. The bill passed 9-3 and is now eligible for further action on the House floor.

Chamber Action/Commentary: The Indiana Chamber testified in support of this bill in committee. The measure is needed to fix some deficiencies with the current TDSIC statute that the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Court of Appeals noted in reaching decisions in some litigated TDSIC plans that were previously approved by the IURC.

Resource: Greg Ellis at (317) 264-6881 or email: