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Indiana Chamber Comments at State Bias Crimes Hearing

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar offered the following remarks today before the Indiana Senate Public Policy Committee, which was hearing bias crimes legislation, Senate Bill 12. The Indiana Chamber is a strong supporter of the state Legislature passing a bias/hate crimes bill and has made it a priority. Brinegar’s remarks: “First and foremost, we [...]

2019-02-18T09:59:11+00:00February 18th, 2019|

Chamber Take on Bias Crimes Hearing This Morning

Legislation to pass a bias crimes law takes center stage this morning as SB 12, authored by Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and Sen. Mike Bohacek (R-Michigan City), goes before the Senate Public Policy Committee. This is a priority issue for the Indiana Chamber and we will be pushing for the most all-encompassing measure to be enacted. Senate Bill 12 [...]

2019-02-18T08:01:25+00:00February 18th, 2019|

Wide-Ranging Bill That Includes Career-Technical Education Heard in Committee

House Bill 1629 – Various Education Matters Authored by Rep. Robert Behning (R-Indianapolis) Bills includes several provisions aligned with Indiana Chamber policy priorities, including expansion of state-supported internships and career-technical education (CTE) programming for high school students and a new high school graduation requirement designed to increase student access to financial aid for further education and workforce training. Chamber [...]

2019-02-15T14:31:06+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Top Story: House Again Rejects Township Reform, Common Sense

House Bill 1650 – Elimination of Township Advisory Boards Authored by Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Eliminates three-member township boards that oversee the township trustee in all townships except in Marion County. Full details. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: The bill was defeated by the full House 18-75 on Tuesday. Chamber Action/Commentary: Last year, the House majority let die legislation that would [...]

2019-02-15T13:49:36+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Top Story: Priority Asbestos Trust Bill Passes House Judiciary by Slim Margin

House Bill 1181 – Asbestos Litigation Authored by Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) Requires certain disclosures regarding asbestos trust claims in civil asbestos actions. Requires a defendant to identify additional trust claims that a defendant believes a plaintiff is eligible for in a written motion. Requires a defendant to disclose, in the defendant’s motion, the basis for the defendant’s belief [...]

2019-02-15T13:42:37+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Top Story: Bias Crimes Hearing on Monday

Legislation to pass a bias crimes law takes center stage next week as SB 12, authored by Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and Sen. Mike Bohacek (R-Michigan City), is set to go before the Senate Public Policy Committee Monday morning. This is a priority issue for the Indiana Chamber and we will be pushing for the most all-encompassing measure to [...]

2019-02-15T13:36:15+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Top Story: Chamber Pushing Venture Capital Transferability in Governor’s Economic Development Package

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; [...]

2019-02-15T13:31:03+00:00February 15th, 2019|

Top Story: Chamber Supports E-Cigarette Tax in Testimony, Pushes for Cigarette Tax Increase

House Bill 1444 – Taxation of E-Liquids Authored by Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) This bill imposes a tax on e-liquids that contain nicotine at a rate of $0.08 per milliliter of consumable product, with the revenue going to the state’s general fund. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: Held by the House Ways and Means Committee for a later vote. [...]

2019-02-01T13:21:00+00:00February 1st, 2019|

Chamber Priority Water Bill Headed to Ways and Means

House Bill 1406 – Water Infrastructure Assistance Fund and Program Authored by Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) This bill annually appropriates $20 million to the Water Infrastructure Assistance Fund from the state general fund and promotes sustainability of water resources and attempts to keep costs as low as possible. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: Heard by the House Utilities, Energy [...]

2019-01-25T13:44:06+00:00January 25th, 2019|

Moving Up Start Date for Appointed State Superintendent Clears the House

House Bill 1005 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Authored by Rep. Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) Under this legislation, Indiana’s next superintendent of public instruction would now be appointed by the Governor in January 2021 instead of four years later. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: Heard and passed by the full House 70-29 on Thursday. Chamber Action/Commentary: Legislation that signaled [...]

2019-01-25T13:41:11+00:00January 25th, 2019|