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A One Day Special Session (and More?) Preview

On Monday, the Indiana General Assembly reconvenes to pass five bills; four had been through the entire process during the regular session that ended on March 14 and were ready for final passage. To use a basketball metaphor to describe the situation with these bills: The ball was still in the shooter’s hands when the shot clock went off. [...]

2018-05-11T13:30:02+00:00 May 11th, 2018|

Indiana Chamber Statement on Donnelly-Led Banking Reform Package Being Voted on This Week

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar comments on the bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, which is expected to have a final vote in the U.S. Senate this week. Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly has been instrumental in getting the measure to this point – crafting provisions and working to garner support. Brinegar [...]

2018-03-06T12:06:22+00:00 March 6th, 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|

Distressed Utilities and Road/Utility Repair Bills Ready for Full Senate Votes and Other Updates

Distressed Utilities and Road/Utility Repair Bills Ready for Full Senate Votes Bill # and Title: SB 411 – Distressed Utilities Author: Sen. Erich Koch (R-Bedford) Summary: This bill amends a provision in current law concerning the acquisition of distressed water or wastewater utilities to require that, upon filing a petition with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to include [...]

2018-02-02T13:04:03+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|

On the Federal Front: Government Shutdown Looms at Midnight; Repeal of Medical Device Tax at Stake

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a short-term funding bill for the government through mid-February. Yet avoiding a government shutdown is far from certain, with the Senate needing 60 votes to move it forward to a vote. Among the provisions, the bill would help continue our military readiness and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six [...]

2018-01-19T15:24:32+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Changes to Indiana’s Alcohol Laws Clear First Hurdle

Bill # and Title: SB 1 – Sunday Carryout Sales; HB 1051 – Sunday Sales of Alcoholic Beverages for Carryout Authors: Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette); Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) Summary: Allows package liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores and qualifying restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from the hours of noon until 8 p.m. [...]

2018-01-12T14:05:24+00:00 January 12th, 2018|

What the Senate Leadership Changes Mean for the Business Community

This marks the first session without fiscal stalwarts Brandt Hershman and Luke Kenley, both of whom retired from the Senate – Hershman’s announcement coming just before Christmas. While it’s hard to replace such experience and wisdom, those stepping up to fill their shoes have been waiting in the wings for a while and should make for smooth transitions. Back [...]

2018-01-08T10:24:02+00:00 January 5th, 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+00:00 January 5th, 2018|

Congress Passes Landmark Tax Bill; Key Provisions Highlighted

It wasn’t a short or easy journey, but sweeping tax reform has been enacted! The U.S. tax code has not been updated since 1986. The House of Representatives, for example, has been working on comprehensive tax reform since January 2011. Over the last nearly seven years, there have been 41 House Ways and Means Committee tax reform hearings and [...]

2017-12-20T13:07:48+00:00 December 20th, 2017|