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Indiana Chamber Statement on Importance of SaaS Tax Clarity Bill Signed Into Law Today  

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Bill Waltz, Indiana Chamber of Commerce vice president of taxation and public finance, comments on Senate Bill 257 being signed into law, providing clarity on the tax exempt status for software-as-a-service (SaaS) transactions: “Since last summer, the Indiana Chamber has been leading the charge to see this clarification become law, with language originating in our tech policy committee. Our [...]

2018-03-22T16:47:52+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|

Top Story: Chamber-Priority SaaS Bill Set to Become Law

This week, the Senate unanimously approved the House changes to Senate Bill 257 (Sales Tax on Software). This bill began as a top Chamber goal; it was embraced by the administration and made a priority of the Governor, the Senate got it introduced and rolling, then the House took good legislation and made it even better. The Senate concurrence [...]

2018-03-09T13:08:38+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

General Statehouse: Where Key Bills Stand

The 2018 Indiana legislative session is in the home stretch with an end date of this coming Wednesday. Another select group of business-related bills crossed the finish line this week (and last) and are ultimately headed to the Governor’s desk. Others are bound for conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. Meanwhile, two bills saw [...]

2018-03-09T11:36:18+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

House and Senate in Agreement on SaaS Bills

Bill # and Title: HB 1316 – Sales Taxes and Credits; SB 257 – Sales Tax on Software Authors: Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville); Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) Summary: Provides that for the purposes of the sales tax, a person is a retail merchant making a retail transaction when the person sells, rents, leases or licenses for consideration the right [...]

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

Workforce Development Bills Significantly Amended Again, Remain a Work in Progress

Bill # and Title: SB 50 – Workforce Development: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Author: Sen. Doug Eckerty (R-Yorktown) Summary: Establishes the college and career funding review committee and requires the review committee to study certain issues and to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislative Council. Establishes the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet to develop, not later than [...]

2018-03-02T13:47:57+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|

Water Regulatory Bill Gets Unanimous House Support; Next Stop for Distressed Utilities Bill: Governor’s Desk

Water Regulatory Bill Gets Unanimous House Support Bill # and Title: SB 362 – Regulation of Water and Wastewater Systems Authors: Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) and Rep. David Ober (R-Albion) Summary: This bill requires a cost-benefit analysis and asset-management plan before a new water or wastewater utility can provide service. It also keeps new utilities under the review of [...]

2018-03-02T13:30:10+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|

Water Resources Taskforce, Landowner Immunity, Road Projects and Utility Repair All Await Final Votes

Bill # and Title: HB 1267 – Water Infrastructure Task Force Authors: Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) and Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) Summary: Establishes a water infrastructure taskforce consisting of members appointed by the Governor. It requires the task force to: (1) study drinking water systems, wastewater management systems and storm water management systems; (2) create an empirical decision-making tool [...]

2018-02-23T13:34:50+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|

Key Education Bills Ready for Floor Votes

Computer Science Bill Passes Committee Unanimously Bill # and Title: SB 172 – Computer Science Curriculum Author: Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) Summary: Establishes the Next Level Computer Science Grant Program and the Next Level Computer Science Fund to award grants, after June 30, 2019, to eligible entities to implement teacher professional development programs for training in teaching computer science. [...]

2018-02-23T13:20:28+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|

Asbestos Transparency Bill Testimony Taken, Status in Doubt

Bill # and Title: HB 1061 – Asbestos Litigation Author: Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) Summary: Urges the Legislative Council to assign to the appropriate interim study committee the topic of the appropriate statute of repose duration for certain product liability actions. Requires certain disclosures regarding asbestos bankruptcy trust claims in civil asbestos actions. Provides medical criteria to set aside [...]

2018-02-23T13:14:56+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|

Amendments Make SaaS Bill Even Better

Bill # and Title: SB 257 – Sales Tax on Software Author: Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Fort Wayne) Summary: Provides that for purposes of the sales tax, a person is a retail merchant making a retail transaction when the person sells, rents, leases or licenses for consideration the right to use prewritten computer software delivered electronically. Specifies, however, that a [...]

2018-02-23T13:16:00+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|