House Bill 1002 (Career and Technical Education Matters), authored by Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville), cleared the full House unanimously 99-0 on Tuesday. This Chamber priority bill takes various approaches aimed at educating more Hoosiers in the jobs demanded by today’s employers.
House Bill 1062 (Unemployment Matters), authored by Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington), passed the House Employment, Pensions and Labor Committee 8-4 on Tuesday and will be up for a floor vote as early as next week. This annual unemployment insurance corrections bill also seeks to permanently remove a cap on disbursement for the Special Employment and Training Services Fund, commonly referred to as the Penalty and Interest Fund. This week, after meeting with the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), we believe there may be good financial rationale for removing the cap, which we have been concerned about. It appears the removal will enable safe investments of the dollars and ultimately raise more money for the Unemployment Insurance Trust Find. The Chamber is supportive of whatever allows for a healthier fund and will continue to look into this matter. A Chamber-supported amendment was also added to the bill to cap the timeframe at 10 years for DWD to investigate a possible fraud case for unemployment insurance.
House Bill 1344 (Nurse Licensure Compact), authored by Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), passed the House this week 96-0. This bill would allow nurses in border/regional communities to practice across state lines without the financial and regulatory burden of two state licenses. The Indiana Chamber, at the request of member Hosparus Health, has expressed support for this bill. We are working to see that the Senate version, SB 436, gets a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee.