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Indiana Chamber Announces Top Legislative Priorities for 2019

(INDIANAPOLIS) —  The Indiana Chamber of Commerce wants the state Legislature to take the next steps in skilling up the workforce and fast track a water plan for the state. These priorities were among those announced today at the business organization’s annual legislative preview in Indianapolis, where General Assembly leaders also took part in a panel discussion looking ahead [...]

2018-11-19T13:33:08+00:00November 19th, 2018|

Chamber’s Annual Legislative Preview With Caucus Leaders Set for November 19

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Hoosiers can get a sneak peek of the upcoming General Assembly session at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Preview on November 19. At the event, sponsored by Ice Miller LLP, the four caucus leaders are slated to participate in a question and answer session on how they see the 2019 session playing out. In addition, the Indiana [...]

2018-10-15T10:02:00+00:00October 15th, 2018|

Chamber Submits Comments to EPA on Clean Power Plan; Other Big EPA News Impacting Indiana

On April 26, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting the repeal of the controversial rule, Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units – more commonly known as the Clean Power Plan. If implemented, the rule is projected to increase Indiana’s electricity rates 16% [...]

2018-04-27T13:11:06+00:00April 27th, 2018|

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+00:00March 30th, 2018|

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+00:00March 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+00:00March 2nd, 2018|

Water Resources Taskforce, Landowner Immunity, Road Projects and Utility Repair All Await Final Votes

Bill # and Title: HB 1267 – Water Infrastructure Task Force Authors: Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) and Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) Summary: Establishes a water infrastructure taskforce consisting of members appointed by the Governor. It requires the task force to: (1) study drinking water systems, wastewater management systems and storm water management systems; (2) create an empirical decision-making tool [...]

2018-02-23T13:34:50+00:00February 23rd, 2018|

Federal Infrastructure Proposal Unveiled; What It Means for Indiana

On Monday, the Trump administration released its long anticipated $1.5 trillion plan for public works and infrastructure. The plan is based on $200 billion in direct federal spending to leverage $1.3 trillion in state, local and private infrastructure investment. With many of our nation’s roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure in need of upgrading and building out for the [...]

2018-02-16T13:17:58+00:00February 16th, 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+00:00February 9th, 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+00:00January 26th, 2018|