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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 Protection of Key Workers; Needed Fix for Distressed Water/Wastewater Utilities Garners Unanimous Approval

Senate Bill 304 – Intimidation Against Utility Workers Authored by Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) As introduced, provides that a person who communicates a threat to another person with the intent of interfering with the provision of utility service or communications service for a dwelling, building or other structure commits intimidation, a Class A misdemeanor. Provides that the offense is [...]

2019-02-15T14:17:47-04:00February 15th, 2019|

Water, Alcohol and Recap of Energy/Environmental Efforts

By Greg Ellis, vice president of energy and environmental policy The headline: A plan to address drinking water, wastewater and storm water management needs in Indiana should happen sooner rather than later. That’s all possible thanks to HB 1267 which establishes a water infrastructure taskforce to develop the long-awaited, long-term strategy. This was a legislative priority for the Chamber [...]

2018-03-30T12:15:25-04:00March 30th, 2018|

Wireless Structure Bill Voted From Senate Committee

Bill # and Title: HB 1050 – Small Cell Wireless Structures Author: Rep. David Ober (R-Albion) Summary: Provides that the definition of “wireless support structure” does not include a utility pole owned or operated by: (1) a public utility; (2) a municipality; (3) an electric membership corporation; or (4) a rural electric cooperative. Does include wireless carriers. Provides that [...]

2018-02-16T12:57:58-04:00February 16th, 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|

Water Management and Road/Utility Repair Bills Heard in Committee

Bill # and Title: HB 1267 – Water Infrastructure Taskforce Author: Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) Summary: Establishes a Water Infrastructure Taskforce consisting of 14 members including: the chair of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), four other ex-officio members, three members of the Senate, three members of the House of Representatives and three members appointed by the Governor. It [...]

2018-01-19T14:38:50-04:00January 19th, 2018|