Indiana Legislative Update Interim Study Issues Assigned

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The Legislative Council met Tuesday to discuss Interim Study Committee topics and assign members. Additionally, they confirmed that there were no significant statutory conflicts in legislation passed this year, so there is no need for a Technical Corrections Day originally considered for June 4th. In approving the topics for study, Council members noted that there were 155 topics proposed for study. To be approved for study, each topic needed support from at least three of the four Legislative Council members. Ultimately, approximately 50 issues were assigned for study.

The following committees were not assigned any topics for study:

  1. The Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
  2. The Interim Study Committee on Elections
  3. The Interim Study Committee on Environmental Affairs
  4. The Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs

Those committees/study topics of particular interest to the SWIN Chamber and our members include:

  • Interim Study Committee on Fiscal Policy
    • Criteria for formation of regional development authorities and imposition of taxes for regional development authorities
    • Complexity index used under IC 20-433-13 for providing funding to students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12
    • Taxation of CBD oil and vaping products
    • State tax credits and other issues related to workforce housing and affordable housing
    • A multi-year review of workforce related program reports from the Legislative Services Agency for which a statute requires a Committee hearing
    • A multi-year review of tax incentives reports from Legislative Services Agency for which a statute requires a Committee hearing
  • 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force – Multi-year study covering the following:
    • Examination of the state’s existing policies regulating electric generation portfolios
    • Examination of how possible shifts in electric generation portfolios may impact the reliability, system resilience, and affordability of electric utility service
    • Evaluation of whether state regulators have the appropriate authority and statutory flexibility to consider the statewide impact of the changes described above while still protecting ratepayer interests
    • Recommendations concerning the following:
      • Outcomes that must be achieved in order to overcome any identified challenges concerning Indiana’s electric generation portfolios, along with a timeline for achieving those outcomes
      • Whether existing state policy and statutes enable state regulators to properly consider the statewide impact of changing electric generation portfolios and, if not, the best approaches to enable state regulators to consider those impacts
      • How to maintain reliable, resilient, and affordable electric service for all electric utility consumers, while encouraging the adoption and deployment of advanced energy technologies
  • Storm Water Management Task Force
    • Issues related to storm water management systems
  • Interim Study Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance
    • Medical reimbursement under worker’s compensation for ambulatory surgical centers
    • The various drivers of health care cost increases. With the pre-approval of the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Legislative Council, the Chair of the Committee and the Chair of the Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Human Services may agree to meet jointly to take testimony concerning factors contributing to the growth of health care costs.
  • Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Human Services
    • Various factors contributing to the growth of health care costs
    • Various issues regarding prescription drug pricing and access
    • Authorization of an advance practice registered nurse to operate without a practice agreement with a physician or certain other practitioners
    • Several hospital licensure issues
  • Interim Study Committee on Education
    • The following issues related to career counseling in elementary and high schools during the 2018 through 2020 interims:
      • The adequacy of current state and local funding for a school corporation’s career counseling of students
      • The current workload of a school corporation’s career counselors
      • The impact of having multiple graduation pathways on a school corporation’s career counselor’s workload
      • The fiscal impact of having multiple graduation pathways on a school corporation’s ability to provide adequate career counseling to students
    • How money generated by property tax referenda is used and the effect of property tax referenda on teacher pay
  • Interim Study Committee on Employment & Labor
    • Worker mis-classification
    • Multi-year review of presentation to the Committee concerning the status of the unemployment compensation system, including the following:
      • Recommendations for maintaining the solvency of the unemployment insurance benefit fund established under IC 22-4-26-1
      • Information regarding expenditures from the special employment and training services fund
      • Information regarding money released under IC 22-4-25-1(c)
      • Any other information requested by the Committee
  • Interim Study Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources
    • Achieving farmland preservation in Indiana, including preservation through agricultural conservation easements

All assigned topics shall be studied and committees should make any findings and recommendations concerning the topics available in a report no later than November 1, 2019.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, June 26th – Environmental Affairs Committee with guest speaker IN Dept. of Environmental Management Commissioner Bruno Pigott
  • Saturday, July 13th – IN Black Legislative Caucus Evansville Town Hall, CK Newsome Center, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 9th – SW IN Chamber Lunch with Governor Holcomb
  • Tuesday, November 5th – Indiana General Election Day (Municipal elections only in 2019)