Indiana Legislative Update Looking Ahead

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The second half of session will continue to ramp up next week with more committee hearings and bills moving to second and third reading. Steady progress is being made as lawmakers work to persuade those in the opposite house to move their bills along the path toward final passage. 

It was great to have so many Chamber members in the Statehouse this week to interact with our area legislators and so many other state leaders. Everyone did a great job of talking about the issues important to our region and showing how much we’re paying attention to the actions they are taking. Thank you for representing our area so well. We hope that even more of you will continue to engage with your Chamber’s government affairs activities.

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Several bills on the report took steps forward this week. Some of the highlights include:

  • Senator Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg) presented HB1002, originally authored by Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) to Senate Education Committee. The bill revamps many career and technical education (CTE) initiatives including expanding state funding options. While the committee did not vote on the measure this week, stakeholders engaged in an hour-long discussion about how to best approach workforce development in schools. The Senator called for support from his fellow lawmakers for the bill, stating, “The world is changing as we have never seen before, at least in my lifetime – and we must try harder to address the needs of our workforce.”
  • HB 1057 and SB 114, companion bills which allow for the appointment of additional magistrates to serve the Vanderburgh circuit and superior courts, were both unanimously recommended for passage by Committees this week. SB 114 will have to go to the Ways & Means Committee before heading to the floor and HB 1057 will have to proceed to Appropriations. During the debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Taylor (D-Indianapolis) expressed concerns, “I don’t want to put a burden on anyone to diversify the bench – but I want to make sure when we approve these judges and we talk about communities like yours, it would be beneficial that minorities should be represented.”
  • HB1487, updating the business services of the Secretary of State, includes provisions regarding: access to information maintained by the secretary of state; use of electronic information and transmissions; striking the current Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) financing statement form; adding use of a format that meets certain criteria for the filings; and amending the UCC fees; and adding to the requirement for Indiana notary publics. Senate Judiciary Committee recommended passage, Yeas: 9; Nays: 0. The bill will move to Second Reading next week.
  • The House Public Health Committee recommended passage of SB33 on Wednesday. This bill, which establishes certification and a grant program for comprehensive addiction recovery centers, has now been referred to Ways and Means. If approved, the new law would ultimately award $1M in startup money to 3 addiction recovery facilities in the State.
  • Both the House and Senate bills removing the restrictions on the University of Evansville owned land near the Lloyd & Stockwell unanimously passed out of their respective Committees this week and will head to the legislative floors for further action.
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Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, March 19th
    • Senate Tax & Fiscal Committee
      • HB 1402 Innkeeper’s Taxes & Other Local Taxes
  • Wednesday, March 20th
    • Senate Health & Provider Services Committee
  • Monday, April 15th – Deadline for Senate bills to pass the House 
  • Tuesday, April 16th – Deadline for House bills to pass the Senate 
  • Monday, April 29th – 2019 Session must adjourn

** Committee Hearings can be called with just a one-day notice, so schedules change very quickly