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Fix for Distressed Water Utilities and Energy Task Force Gets Hijacked; Chamber Opposed to Added Provision

Senate Bill 472 – Utility Rates and Acquisitions Authored by Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) This bill provides that an order affecting rates of service may be entered by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) without a formal public hearing in the case of any public or municipally owned utility that serves less than 5,000 customers or has initiated a [...]

2019-04-05T13:27:09-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Interest in Water Infrastructure Continues to Flow, While ‘State Superintendent’ Bill Returns to the Spotlight 

Senate Bill 4 – Water and Wastewater Utilities and Runoff Authored by Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) This bill requires the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) to divide the state of Indiana into study areas and to hold annual meetings with the officers and employees of the water and wastewater utilities located in each study area. Authorizes the utilities within a [...]

2019-03-08T12:59:09-04:00March 8th, 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|

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|

Next Step to Prepare for Water Plan Gets Unanimous Committee Support

Senate Bill 4 – Water and Wastewater Utilities and Runoff Authored by: Rep. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) This bill will establish study areas and require the Indiana Finance Authority to conduct annual meetings in the study areas with water utilities. The goal is to set priorities and needs for investment in infrastructure as well as the prudent management of water [...]

2019-01-18T13:50:59-04:00January 18th, 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|

Key Water Bills Ready for Votes in House, Senate

Bill # and Title: HB 1267 – Water Infrastructure Task Force 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. [...]

2018-01-26T14:25:01-04:00January 26th, 2018|