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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|

Trio of Utility Measures Headed to House – Improvement Sought on One

Senate Bill 304 (Intimidation Against Utility Workers), authored by Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford), offers needed protection to workers that often interface with people in difficult situations without the ability to protect themselves. This Chamber-supported bill cleared the Senate 40-0. Senate Bill 472 (Utility Rates and Acquisitions), authored by Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford), was approved by the Senate 36-4. This [...]

2019-02-27T10:54:20-04:00February 27th, 2019|

Utility Relocation for Road Projects Needs More Work

Senate Bill 517  – Utility Relocation for Road Projects Authored by Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) This bill provides that if a utility hasn’t acted – to comply, apply for a waiver or appeal – within 90 days after receiving an order from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to relocate utility facilities that will interfere with a planned construction [...]

2019-02-22T13:29:54-04:00February 22nd, 2019|

Chamber Backs Infrastructure Protections Measure, Fix of TDSIC Utilities Statute

Senate Bill 471 – Offenses Involving Critical Infrastructure Authored by Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) This bill is designed to protect utility infrastructure, certain business assets, water infrastructure and other important infrastructure from trespassing and damages. It defines critical infrastructure to include energy infrastructure, pipelines, water infrastructure, certain business property, as well as protected categories as identified by federal law. [...]

2019-02-01T14:07:08-04:00February 1st, 2019|

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 [...]

2018-03-09T11:36:18-04:00March 9th, 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 [...]

2018-03-02T13:30:10-04:00March 2nd, 2018|

Energy and Environment: Roundup of Where Key Bills Stand

The issue of water management has long been supported by the Chamber as a priority. House Bill 1267 and SB 361 establish a Water Infrastructure Taskforce to study water issues. Both bills have passed out of their respective houses and have been referred to committees in the other house for further action. The measures are very similar, but HB [...]

2018-02-09T14:10:16-04:00February 9th, 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 [...]

2018-02-02T13:04:03-04:00February 2nd, 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 [...]

2018-01-05T13:39:03-04:00January 5th, 2018|