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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+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Autonomous Vehicle and High Speed Internet Service Bills Amended in Committee Prior to Senate Consideration, Plus Other Updates

Autonomous Vehicle Bill Amended in Committee Prior to Senate Consideration 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 a Level 1,2 or 3 automated vehicle on a public [...]

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

Improved ‘Small Cell’ Bill, High Speed Internet Legislation and Central Indiana Mass Transit Option Pass House

Improved Wireless Structure (Small Cell) Bill Passes House Bill # and Title: HB 1050 Small Cell Wireless Structures Author: Rep. David Ober (R-Albion) Summary: Provides that the definition of "wireless support structure" does not include a utility pole owned or operated by: (1) a public utility; (2) a municipality; (3) an electric membership corporation; or (4) a rural electric [...]

2018-02-02T13:13:59+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|

Hoosier Students to Gain Access to High-Speed Internet Services; State Board of Education Approves School Corporation Grades

Last month, Gov. Eric Holcomb and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick announced a new partnership to give all Hoosier students access to high-speed internet in every classroom across the state. EducationSuperHighway is partnering with the state of Indiana to provide this service at no cost to taxpayers. Currently, 98% of Hoosier schools meet the federal minimum recommended bandwidth [...]

2017-11-03T13:40:02+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|