Prepared by: Charlie Hiltunen
Report created on March 26, 2023
HB1008PENSION INVESTMENTS. (MANNING E) Provides that a fiduciary, in making and supervising investments of a reserve fund of the public pension system, shall discharge the fiduciary's duties solely in the financial interest of the participants and beneficiaries of the public pension system for certain purposes. Specifies requirements for fiduciaries, proxy advisors, service providers, and proxy voting. Provides that compliance with certain provisions does not impose any additional fiduciary obligations on a person, other than to the extent required by law or the applicable contract or agreement. Requires the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system (board) to, at least annually, tabulate and report all proxy votes made by any fiduciary in relation to the administration of a fund of the public pension system. Provides that the treasurer of state shall enforce these provisions. Specifies, for the board and the treasurer of state, particular enforcement requirements and procedures if the treasurer of state determines that a person has engaged in, is engaging in, or is going to engage in a violation regarding fiduciary duties. Provides that certain persons and entities are immune from civil liability and entitled to indemnification. Requires the board to amend the board's investment policies to comply with the requirements on or before December 31, 2023. Specifies fiduciary duties, similar to the those applicable to the public pension system, that apply to the trustee of the state police pension trust. Defines terms and makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   3/6/2023 - added as cosponsor Senator Rogers
HB1177HANDGUN TRAINING FOR TEACHERS. (LUCAS J) Creates a specialized firearms safety, education, and training curriculum (curriculum) for teachers, school staff, and school employees. Specifies curriculum requirements. Authorizes funds from the: (1) Indiana safe schools fund; (2) Indiana secured schools fund; and (3) school corporation and charter school safety advance program; to be used for the purpose of providing specialized firearms instruction to certain teachers, school staff, and school employees, and for providing counseling services to students, teachers, school staff, and school employees in the event of a school shooting. Requires a charter school, nonpublic school, or school corporation to ensure that a teacher, school staff member, or school employee who receives a grant from the Indiana safe schools fund for the purpose of receiving specialized firearms instruction complies with certain requirements. Provides that the identity of any person who: (1) enrolls in; (2) participates in; or (3) completes; the curriculum is confidential. Provides that a public school or an accredited nonpublic school may not conduct a training or drill for an employee of the school that includes, as any part of the training or drill, the expelling of any type of projectile at the employee unless: (1) the school informs the employee of the use of projectiles in the training or drill; and (2) the employee consents, in writing, to the use of projectiles during the training or drill. Provides that a public school or an accredited nonpublic school may not conduct or approve a training or drill for a student of the school that includes, as any part of the training or drill, the expelling of any type of projectile. Authorizes a qualified retired law enforcement officer to carry or possess a firearm on school property. Makes conforming and technical amendments.
 Current Status:   3/9/2023 - added as cosponsor Senator Byrne
HB1308INDIANA CRIME GUNS TASK FORCE. (CARBAUGH M) Provides that the Indiana crime guns task force area may include Allen County.
 Current Status:   3/27/2023 - House Bills on Third Reading
HB1323INFORMATION PRIVACY RELATING TO FIREARMS. (HAGGARD C) Specifies the circumstances under which information concerning a person who applies for or holds a license to carry a handgun may be released to a federal government entity.
 Current Status:   3/23/2023 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
HB1348DISPOSAL OF FIREARMS BY TRADE FOR NEW EQUIPMENT. (LUCAS J) Permits a law enforcement agency to dispose of certain confiscated firearms by trade with a licensed firearms dealer, a licensed firearm manufacturer, or another law enforcement agency in exchange for new firearms and other law enforcement equipment. Sets forth the recording and reporting requirements for the trade of firearms by a law enforcement agency.
 Current Status:   3/6/2023 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Technology
HB1365MACHINE GUNS. (GORE M) Revises, for purposes of an enhancement and certain criminal offenses, a definition of "machine gun". Provides that particular criminal offenses concerning machine guns do not apply to certain persons, including persons possessing machine guns or other items not required to be registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record maintained by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Makes a conforming amendment.
 Current Status:   3/23/2023 - Motion to concur filed
SB136CONVICTION DATA. (SANDLIN J) Defines "prohibited person" as a person prohibited from possessing a firearm or carrying a handgun. Provides that the office of judicial administration may establish a system to transmit certain data to assist in determining whether a person is a prohibited person.
 Current Status:   3/21/2023 - added as cosponsor Representative Miller D
SB205TASK FORCE FOR THE REDUCTION OF VIOLENT CRIME. (QADDOURA F) Establishes the task force for the reduction of violent crime (task force). Requires the task force to study potential statutory changes to reduce violent crime and submit a report for distribution to the general assembly.
 Current Status:   2/28/2023 - Referred to House Courts and Criminal Code
SB292INPRS INVESTMENTS. (HOLDMAN T) Requires the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system (board) to make investment decisions with the primary purpose of maximizing the target rate of return on the board's investments. Prohibits the board from making an investment decision with the purpose of influencing any social or environmental policy or attempting to influence the governance of any corporation for nonpecuniary purposes. Specifies an exception. Requires the board to adopt a policy that ensures proxy voting and engagement is based primarily on maximizing the target rate of return on the board's investments. Provides certain guidelines and reporting requirements for proxy voting in relation to the administration of the public pension and retirement funds of the system.
 Current Status:   2/28/2023 - Referred to House Financial Institutions

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Senate panel changes bill on student pronouns to protect religious beliefs
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