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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+00:00March 30th, 2018|

Technology and Innovation: Recap of Where Things Are at the Midpoint

After a stellar 2017, the 2018 short legislation session has been more measured – largely based on the lack of desire to “open up the budget”. While some issues moved ahead as intended, several bold ideas have evolved into a study committee or tabled until next year. Below is a summary of where several key bills stand: The Regional [...]

2018-02-09T13:48:15+00:00February 9th, 2018|

Ways and Means Passes a Novel Software-as-a-Service Bill; Autonomous Vehicle Bill Passed House With Bipartisan Support

Ways and Means Passes a Novel Software-as-a-Service Bill Bill # and Title: HB 1316 – Sales Tax on Software Author: Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) Summary: Provides that for purposes of the sales tax, a person is a retail merchant making a retail transaction when the person grants the end user the right to: (1) use prewritten computer software delivered [...]

2018-01-26T14:35:36+00:00January 26th, 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+00:00January 19th, 2018|

Short Session Starts With a Flurry of Activity

The Governor and General Assembly have continually heard from Hoosier employers on the need for a skilled workforce – and better aligning state programs with job demand. The good news is bills are being introduced to address those concerns. While only a handful of measures have been released to date, we are seeing legislation related to training tax credits [...]

2018-01-05T13:39:03+00:00January 5th, 2018|