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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|

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|

Much-Needed School Accountability Bill in Spotlight; Teacher Career Ladders and Pre-K Bills Clear Committee

House Bill 1404 – School Accountability Authored by Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) Bills seeks to align high school performance measures with more meaningful post-high school outcomes, including student completion of industry-recognized credentials, enrollment in postsecondary education/training and military enlistment. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: Heard by the Senate Education and Career Development Committee, with a vote on the bill next week. [...]

2019-04-05T12:46:38-04:00April 5th, 2019|

New Hate Crimes Bill an Improvement; Chamber Urges Passage Next Week

The state’s hate crimes legislation is one successful concurrence vote away from making it to the Governor’s desk. That Senate vote is expected early next week. The Indiana Chamber, which has made enacting a meaningful bias crimes bill a priority, is encouraging the Senate to pass the measure. To recap, Senate Bill 12 is not the vehicle for the [...]

2019-04-04T16:52:28-04:00March 29th, 2019|

Quick Takes: Priority Water Infrastructure Bill Leads Trio of Utility and Infrastructure Bills Making Progress in Committee

House Bill 1406 (Water Infrastructure Assistance Fund and Program), authored by Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), cleared the Senate Utilities Committee on Thursday 10-0 and now is eligible for action on the Senate floor. The Indiana Chamber testified in support of this important bill, which annually appropriates $20 million to the Water Infrastructure Assistance Fund. The measure promotes sustainability of [...]

2019-03-22T14:51:34-04:00March 22nd, 2019|

Bills to Appoint K-12 Schools Chief in 2021, Increase Teacher Support Headed to Governor

House Bill 1005 (State Superintendent of Public Instruction), authored by Rep. Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), passed the Senate on Wednesday 29-19 and is now on its way to the Governor for his signature. This Chamber priority bill moves up the date for making the state superintendent an appointed position from 2025 to 2021, when it will become the secretary of [...]

2019-03-22T14:09:31-04:00March 22nd, 2019|

House Takes Up Governor’s Key Economic Development Bill

Senate Bill 563 – Economic Development Authored by Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) Makes a variety of changes to tax policy and tax incentive programs intended to promote and enhance economic development. The major components are: (1) moving to a market-based sourcing method for income apportionment for service companies; (2) a small business innovation voucher program to assist in research; [...]

2019-03-15T12:18:16-04:00March 15th, 2019|

Interest in Water Infrastructure Continues to Flow, While ‘State Superintendent’ Bill Returns to the Spotlight 

Senate Bill 4 – Water and Wastewater Utilities and Runoff Authored by Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) This bill requires the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) to divide the state of Indiana into study areas and to hold annual meetings with the officers and employees of the water and wastewater utilities located in each study area. Authorizes the utilities within a [...]

2019-03-08T12:59:09-04:00March 8th, 2019|

Priority Legislation on Venture Capital Credit, Broadband and Asbestos Litigation Moves to Second Half

Senate Bill 563 (Economic Development), authored by Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle), passed the Senate 45-4 on Monday. It contains the long-standing Indiana Chamber priority of making the venture capital investment credit transferable. Another aspect of significance is the change to how service providers’ income tax liability is determined. The change, generally speaking, will benefit companies that sell their services [...]

2019-02-27T10:48:48-04:00February 27th, 2019|

Senate Majority Fails to Follow Will of Voters, Passes Generic Bias Crimes Bill

Senate Bill 12  – Sentencing and Bias Crimes Authored by Sen. Mike Bohacek (R-Michigan City) and Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) As amended, says the court may consider bias in imposing a criminal sentence. The Latest: Approved by the Senate Public Policy Committee 9-1 on Monday. On second reading on Tuesday, the list of protected categories was removed via a Senate [...]

2019-02-22T12:37:25-04:00February 22nd, 2019|