Indiana Legislative Update Still a few more bills…

Though the Statehouse was closed on Monday, it seems that everyone crammed in enough work Tuesday through Thursday to make up for the long weekend. At this point, the 100 Representatives have filed 710 bills and the 50 Senators have authored 639 bills. Mostly the week was “nose to the grindstone” with no significant drama or breaking news. 

Items of note:

  • On behalf of the Southwest Indiana Chamber, Sally Rideout spoke in support of HB 1344, the House version of the Nurse Licensure Compact (Clere). The bill passed out of Committee 11-0 and will now go to the full House for consideration.
    • The Senate version of the bill, SB 436 passed out of Senate Health last week and has been recommitted to the Committee on Appropriations because it has a fiscal impact.
  • SB 255, Senator Ford’s Cultural District bill has also passed out of Committee and is ready for the full Senate. Senator Ford did not believe he needed the additional verbal support during the hearing, A letter shared from Josh Armstrong, Director, Downtown Evansville – Economic Improvement District, with the committee members and Senator Ford was appreciative of the support.
  • SB 497, removing restrictions on the University of Evansville Division Street land, passed out of Committee unanimously
  • The various bills with some version of “Regional Cities 2.0” have not yet been scheduled for Committee hearings.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 28th:
    • House Judiciary
      • HB 1487 Business Services of the Secretary of State (Carbaugh)
  • Tuesday, January 29th:   
    • Senate Tax & Fiscal Policy
      • SB 564 Distribution of Aviation Taxes and Fees (Holdman)
    • House Ways & Means Committee
      • Budget presentations, including the Governor’s recommended budget and INDOT
  • Wednesday, January 30th   
    • Senate Health & Provider Services
      • SB 33 Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Centers (Merritt)
    • Senate Pensions & Labor
      • SB 342 Employment of Minors (Perfect)
      • SB 496 Voluntary Family Leave Insurance Program (Tallian)
    • Senate Public Policy
  • Tuesday, March 12th: SW IN Chamber Day at the Statehouse and IN Chamber of Commerce Chamber Day Dinner

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