Prepared by: Bart Giesler
Report created on October 17, 2017
 
HB1002TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING. (SOLIDAY E) Eliminates the sales tax on the sale of special fuel. Establishes the special transportation flexibility fund. Provides the following for gasoline use tax collections for state fiscal year 2020 and each state fiscal year thereafter: (1) 14.286% of the collections shall be deposited in the motor vehicle highway account. (2) 21.429% of the collections shall be deposited in the local road and bridge matching grant fund. (3) A percentage of the gasoline use tax collections shall be deposited in the state general fund in each state fiscal year before state fiscal year 2025. (4) In state fiscal year 2020 through state fiscal year 2023, a percentage of the gasoline use tax collections shall be deposited in the special transportation flexibility fund. (5) In state fiscal year 2020 and thereafter, a percentage of the gasoline use tax collections shall be deposited in the state highway fund. Changes the deadline for the adoption and notification of county and municipal vehicle excise and wheel tax ordinances. Provides for a one-time fuel tax rate increase using a multiyear index factor based on the last time the particular fuel tax rate was increased and the current fuel tax rate per gallon. (Gasoline tax is currently $0.18, special fuel tax is currently $0.16, and motor carrier surcharge tax is currently $0.11.) Limits the one-time increase to $0.10 per gallon. Provides for an annual rate increase in fuel tax rates based on an annual index factor. Limits the annual rate increase based on the annual index factor to $0.01 per gallon. Provides that the last index factor adjustment to the fuel tax rates is July 1, 2024. Increases the aviation fuel excise tax by $0.10 per gallon and transfers the increased revenue to the airport development grant fund for airport capital improvement matching grants. Increases alternative fuel decal fees by 50%. Specifies that the motor carrier fuel surcharge tax must be paid on special fuel that is not an alternative fuel at the time of purchase (the same time the special fuel tax is paid), instead of being entirely paid using a quarterly return. Imposes a motor carrier fuel surcharge inventory tax on motor fuel held in storage and offered for sale to motor carriers on the date the surcharge tax rate changes. Eliminates from the distribution of the gasoline and special fuel taxes: (1) the $0.01 going to the state highway fund; (2) the $0.01 going to counties, cites, and towns; and (3) the $25,000,000 special distribution allocation distributions. Establishes a $15 transportation infrastructure improvement fee that applies to the registration of all motor vehicles except trailers, semitrailers, non-motive recreational vehicles, special machinery, vehicles registered as military vehicles, vehicles registered as collector vehicles, motor driven cycles, trucks, tractors used with a semitrailer, and for-hire buses with a declared gross weight greater than 26,000 pounds. Increases annual registration fees for certain motor vehicles with a declared gross weight that equals or exceeds 26,000 pounds. Requires a person who registers an electric vehicle to pay a supplemental registration fee of $150 with an increase every five years based on an index factor. Requires a person who registers a hybrid vehicle to pay a supplemental registration fee of $50 with an increase every five years based on an index factor. Provides that the percentage of the amounts distributed to the state and to the local units from the motor vehicle highway account changes incrementally from 53% for the state and 47% for the local units under current law to 60% for the state and 40% for the local units after June 30, 2022. Eliminates the authority for cities and towns to use distributions from the motor vehicle highway account for: (1) the painting of structures and objects; and (2) law enforcement. Requires counties, cities, and towns to use at least 50% of the distributions from the motor vehicle highway account for the construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of highways. Repeals restrictions on when a tolling project can be undertaken. Provides that before the governor, the Indiana department of transportation (INDOT), the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA), or an operator may enter into an agreement for the financing, construction, maintenance, or operation of a toll road project, the budget committee must first review the proposed agreement. Provides that neither the IFA nor INDOT may issue a request for proposals for a public-private agreement that would authorize an operator to impose tolls unless the budget committee has reviewed the request for proposals. Requires INDOT to seek a Federal Highway Administration waiver to toll interstate highways. Limits the first toll lanes under the waiver to certain interstate highways. Provides for a public comment period and requires replies to the public comments for a toll road project by INDOT or a tollway project carried out using a public private partnership. Imposes other duties on INDOT. Amends the assessment procedures for motor carrier civil penalties. Establishes the weigh-in-motion pilot program. Makes various changes to the local road and bridge matching grant program. Allows INDOT to approve certain railroad crossing projects, and authorizes the IFA to finance an approved project subject to a maximum annual debt service limit of $10,000,000. Authorizes the IFA to take certain actions in the event a public-private agreement is terminated. Annually appropriates $250,000 to INDOT for the local technical assistance program to develop and maintain a centralized electronic statewide asset management data base. Provides that the owner of a semitrailer permanently registered in Indiana does not pay an annual registration renewal fee. Makes various changes to the transportation funding exchange program between the state and counties and municipalities. Adds various study requirements.
 Current Status:   4/27/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1039RIGHT-OF-WAY IN A ROUNDABOUT. (TORR J) Requires a driver to yield the right-of-way to a driver of a vehicle having a total length of at least 40 feet or a total width of at least 10 feet when driving through a roundabout. Requires that, when two truck drivers approach or drive through a roundabout at the same time, the driver on the right yields the right-of-way to the driver on the left.
 Current Status:   3/29/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1085RESCUE ACTIONS. (COOK A) Amends an Indiana Code section requiring an emergency medical services provider to take custody of a newborn child under certain circumstances to eliminate an ambiguity that might otherwise exist with respect to one of the circumstances under which the requirement applies. Provides that a person who forcibly enters a motor vehicle to remove a domestic animal is responsible for only one-half of the cost of repairing the motor vehicle damage directly caused by the person's forcible entry and is immune from all other civil or criminal liability for other property damage resulting from the forcible entry if the person: (1) reasonably believes that the domestic animal is in imminent danger of suffering serious bodily harm; (2) determines that the motor vehicle is locked and forcible entry of the motor vehicle is necessary to remove the domestic animal; (3) calls 911 or otherwise attempts to contact a law enforcement officer or another emergency responder before forcibly entering the motor vehicle; (4) uses no more force than reasonably necessary; and (5) remains with the domestic animal until a law enforcement officer or other emergency responder arrives. Provides that a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, a government officer or employee whose primary duty is to ensure public safety, another emergency responder, an animal control officer, a veterinarian, or a veterinary assistant who forcibly enters a motor vehicle to remove a domestic animal is not liable for the cost of repairing damage to the motor vehicle caused by the person's forcible entry if the person was acting in the course and scope of the person's employment. Provides that if a person forcibly removes a domestic animal from a motor vehicle and the domestic animal physically injures the person, the owner of the domestic animal is immune from civil liability for the person's injuries.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1422DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PROPERTY MATTERS. (PRESSEL J) Provides that the commissioner of the department may transfer certain real property owned by the department to a nonprofit land management organization without a prior appraisal if: (1) the real property is owned by the department in fee simple; and (2) the real property is nonmarketable due to environmental mitigation requirements imposed by federal or state regulations. Requires the department to establish rules for approving installation of traffic control signals. Defines certain terms. Raises the dollar amounts for when certain financial statements must be prepared and attested as audited, reviewed, or certified as correct in a bid for a department of transportation contract. Prohibits the adoption or enforcement of an ordinance requiring a commercial motor vehicle to obtain a permit to operate within the jurisdiction of the local authority. Adds noncode to provide a refund of amounts paid by a commercial motor vehicle operator to obtain a permit to operate the commercial motor vehicle within the jurisdiction of the local authority.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1447TRANSPORTATION OF AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES. (FRIEND W) Provides that definition of "farm product" does not include: (1) lumber; (2) logs; (3) wood chips; (4) bark; or (5) sawdust. Modifies the definition of "overweight divisible load". Provides that an owner of a "carrier, shipper, or other party" may not cause or knowingly permit a vehicle to: (1) exceed certain size or weight restrictions; and (2) be operated upon a highway. Specifies that certain infractions concerning vehicle size and weight are Class C infractions. Prohibits the bureau of motor vehicles from assessing points under the point system for violations of commercial size and weight limitations after December 31, 2015,. Provides that points assessed for such violations after December 31, 2015 are null and void.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1488AUTO DEALER SERVICES. (SULLIVAN H) Makes various changes to the motor vehicle law concerning dealerships, licensing of watercraft and automotive mobility dealers, and automotive salvage recycler recordkeeping. Establishes the consumer restitution fund.
 Current Status:   4/25/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1491VARIOUS MOTOR VEHICLE LAW AMENDMENTS. (SOLIDAY E) Renames the county motor vehicle excise surtax to be the county vehicle excise tax. Renames the municipal motor vehicle license excise surtax to be the municipal vehicle excise tax. Renames the motor vehicle license excise tax to be the vehicle excise tax. Makes other revisions in the following statutes: (1) The vehicle excise tax. (2) The excise tax on recreational vehicles and truck campers. (3) The commercial vehicle excise tax. (4) The boat excise tax. Makes clarifying amendments in Title 9. Provides that an autocycle manufactured before July 1, 2015, is not required to be equipped with antilock brakes. Provides that an ordinance adopted by a county, city, or town authorizing the operation of a golf cart or an off-road vehicle on the highways of the county, city, or town must require an individual who operates the golf cart or off-road vehicle: (1) to hold a driver's license (current law); or (2) be at least 16 years and 180 days of age and hold an identification card issued by the bureau of motor vehicles, including a photo exempt identification card. Provides that the definition of "farm wagon" exempts off-road vehicles from title and registration procedures when the farm wagon is used on private farm property. Provides that upon approaching a stationary survey or construction vehicle, a person who drives an approaching vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and proceed with caution. Removes the sunset clause for distributions of fee revenue to the integrated public safety communications fund. Amends the Abraham Lincoln license plate statute. Exempts the Lewis and Clark expedition license plate from the specialty group license plate requirements. Provides that a court may not award attorney's fees in a class action suit against a governmental entity until a hearing is held. Emphasizes that a permanent registration must be renewed on an annual basis to pay all applicable excise tax. Urges the legislative council to assign to the interim study committee on roads and transportation for study during the 2017 interim the topic of the motor vehicle inspection and maintenance program in Lake and Porter counties and whether there are alternatives to the program that would satisfy regulatory requirements and have a comparable effect on air quality. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   4/28/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1492TITLE 9 TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS. (SOLIDAY E) Makes technical and other corrections to statutes amended or affected by HEA 1087-2016.
 Current Status:   4/28/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1511LIENS ON ABANDONED OR TOWED VEHICLES. (BRAUN M) Adds state agencies to the definition of "public agency". Broadens the application of IC 9-22-1-23 to include all holders of mechanic's liens. Requires that additional information be included in the notification to a person whose vehicle was towed to a storage yard or towing service. Specifies that a lienholder's failure to comply with certain notice requirements may result in civil damages. Provides that proof of receipt of notice for a mechanic's lien by the owner of a vehicle subject to the mechanic's lien is not required in certain instances. Provides that, if there is a lienholder, the person that holds the first lien of record may deduct and retain the amount of the lien of record from the surplus purchase price. Provides that the costs for storage of an abandoned vehicle may not exceed $2,000. (Current law is $1,500.) Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB130TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF MOTOR VEHICLES. (MESSMER M) Provides that a person that transfers ownership of a vehicle may deliver to the bureau of motor vehicles (bureau): (1) the certificate of registration of the vehicle; and (2) proof of the transfer of ownership of the vehicle. Requires the bureau, upon receipt of the certificate of registration and proof of transfer of ownership of the vehicle, to indicate the transfer of ownership in the records of the bureau.
 Current Status:   3/29/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB340SPECIALTY CONSTRUCTED VEHICLES. (KRUSE D) Provides that a vehicle: (1) built to resemble and be a reproduction of another vehicle that was manufactured at least 25 years ago; and (2) assembled using all new or used parts; must be titled as a "specialty constructed vehicle". Urges the legislative council to assign to the appropriate study committee the task of conducting a study that compares Indiana's titling process for home built, "kit", replica, or specialty constructed cars with the titling process used by other states to title such vehicles.
 Current Status:   4/13/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
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