Indiana Township Association
2023 Legislative Session
Prepared by: Jessaca Turner Stults
E-mail: ita@ita-in.org
Report created on May 21, 2024
 
HB1031CREDIT FOR DONATION TO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT. (FRYE R) Provides for a credit, not to exceed $100,000, against a taxpayer's state tax liability in an amount equal to the taxpayer's donation to a county volunteer fire department fund. Provides that the credit may be carried forward for 10 years.
 Current Status:   2/27/2023 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by House 3rd reading deadline (Rule 147.1)
 Recent Status:   1/9/2023 - Referred to House Ways and Means
1/9/2023 - First Reading
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   HB1031
 
HB1040REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS. (LEHMAN M) Provides that if an examination of an audited entity is unable to be performed because the audited entity's accounts, records, files, or reports are not properly maintained or reconciled, the entity may be declared unauditable. Requires an unauditable entity to bring its accounts, records, files, or reports into an auditable condition within 90 days. Requires the state board of accounts (SBOA) to publish a list of entities declared to be unauditable on the SBOA's website. Provides that if an entity is declared unauditable and the fiscal officer is unable to perform the fiscal requirements of their position, the entity is required to hire outside assistance for guidance or to perform the fiscal requirements. Clarifies an exception regarding the liability of an elected official for acts that constitute gross negligence or intentional disregard of the official's duties. Requires the SBOA to annually call a conference for: (1) city and town controllers and clerk-treasurers, newly appointed city and town controllers, and city and town clerk-treasurers elect; and (2) township trustees and township trustees elect. Provides that elected officials must attend training every two years and that the SBOA shall keep attendance of elected officials and publish it on the SBOA's website. Makes an exception for school corporation treasurer personal liability. Provides that if there is an office of town clerk-treasurer that is vacant, and the town legislative body is unable to fill the office, the town legislative body may either: (1) enter into a local agreement with the town clerk-treasurer and town legislative body of another town in the state to assist a selected town legislative body member in performing the duties of the clerk-treasurer's office; or (2) enter into a contract with a certified public accountant to assist the town legislative body member in performing the duties of the clerk-treasurer's office. (Current law provides that the town legislative body may only enter into a contract with a certified public accountant after the town legislative body is unable to reach an agreement with another town.) Provides that if, after reasonable diligence, a town may hire any qualified person to perform the duties of the clerk-treasurer's office until the vacancy can be filled, or until the end of the current clerk-treasurer's term, whichever is first. Provides that newly elected officials shall complete five hours of training before taking office. Provides that elected officials shall certify completion of training requirements to the SBOA annually. Excludes self-supporting school lunch and the rental or sale of curricular materials as programs that may be established as separate funds. Repeals obsolete provisions. Makes technical corrections.
 Current Status:   4/20/2023 - Public Law 58
 Recent Status:   4/20/2023 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
4/18/2023 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 1 - High
 State Bill Page:   HB1040
 
HB1041STATE BOARD OF ACCOUNTS. (LEHMAN M) Provides that the state board of accounts (SBOA) is designated as the independent external auditor of audited entities and is subject to applicable professional accounting standards. Requires annual reports to be prepared, verified, and filed with the state examiner as set forth in the uniform compliance guidelines. Requires all appointments of field examiners be made solely upon the ground of fitness in accordance with professional accounting and auditing standards. Provides that if an examination of an audited entity is unable to be performed because the audited entity's accounts, records, files, or reports are not properly maintained or reconciled, the audited entity may be declared to be unauditable. Provides that an audited entity that is declared unauditable shall bring its accounts, records, files, or reports into an auditable condition within 90 days. Requires the SBOA to publish a list of audited entities declared unauditable on its website. Revises conditions under which the state examiner may undertake an examination based on a violation of the law. Requires the SBOA to approve a request by an audited entity to opt out of examinations and engage a certified public accountant to conduct examinations if, within the last six years, the SBOA has not issued an examination or special investigation report critical of the audited entity's internal controls and there have been no adverse reports. Provides that the SBOA may terminate its approval of the use of a certified public accountant if certain requirements are not met. Revises the provision regarding field examiner traveling expenses. Makes changes to certain reporting, resolution, and disclosure requirements. Simplifies the provision regarding parties and a plaintiff's right of recovery. Removes provisions regarding additional powers of the state examiner and attorney general. Provides that if the attorney general brings an action against an official bond, official bonds, or a crime insurance policy, the cause may be brought in the name of the state of Indiana upon the relation of the attorney general as plaintiff. Repeals a provision regarding the withdrawal or removal of counties from solid waste management districts. Repeals a provision regarding bonds and crime policies for faithful performance. Repeals a provision regarding examination reports, requisites, performance of public works, and SBOA powers. Repeals a provision regarding copies of reports filed with libraries, public inspections, and request renewals. Makes technical and conforming changes.
 Current Status:   4/20/2023 - Public Law 59
 Recent Status:   4/20/2023 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
4/18/2023 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 1 - High
 State Bill Page:   HB1041
 
HB1048TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS. (ENGLEMAN K) Addresses technical errors in the Indiana Code, including spelling, tabulation, formatting, grammatical, and cross-reference issues. Makes conforming amendments to align the style of population parameter wording. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the code revision commission.)
 Current Status:   4/5/2023 - Public Law 11
 Recent Status:   4/5/2023 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
3/23/2023 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   HB1048
 
HB1060DISSOLUTION OF TOWNS. (ENGLEMAN K) Repeals a statute relating to the dissolution of a small town (a town with a population of less than 500) and included towns in Marion County. Restates this statute and additionally provides that if the county election board of the county in which the greatest percentage of the population of a small town is located finds that the town has not elected town officers during the preceding 10 years, that county election board shall certify that fact to the county executive of each county in which the town is located. Removes from the statute as a reason for dissolving a small town that the town has not had a "functioning town government" during the preceding 10 years. Provides the following if a small town is dissolved: (1) The property owned by the dissolved town after payment of debts and liabilities shall be disposed of by the county executive of the county in which the property is located. (2) Any money remaining after payment of the dissolved town's debts and liabilities shall be deposited in the general fund of each county in which the town was located, in proportion to the assessed value of the dissolved town located in each county. (3) Beginning with the date of the town's dissolution, the following apply: any town ordinance relating to the town's budget, tax rates, and tax levies for the calendar year is void; a budget, tax rate, and tax levy may not be certified for the dissolved town; any distribution of funds due to the town from the state shall be paid to the county; and the county shall deposit any distribution payments made by the state in the county's general fund. (4) Dissolution of the town does not affect the validity of a contract to which the town is a party. (5) After dissolution, the books and records of the dissolved town become the property of the county executive of the county in which the greatest assessed value of the dissolved town was located. (6) Provides that if a dissolved small town was located in more than one county, the county executives may enter into appropriate agreements concerning the disposition of the property of the dissolved town, access to the town records, and other matters considered relevant by the county executives of the respective counties.
 Current Status:   2/27/2023 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by House 3rd reading deadline (Rule 147.1)
 Recent Status:   1/12/2023 - added as coauthor Representative Payne Z
1/9/2023 - Referred to House Local Government
 Position:   neutral
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   HB1060
 
HB1062REORGANIZATION OF MUNICIPALITY AND TOWNSHIP. (ENGLEMAN K) Allows a municipality in a county (excluding Marion County) to reorganize with a township that has at least 70% of its population within the municipality, if: (1) the municipality adopts a reorganization plan; and (2) more than 50% of the sum of all voters in the municipality and the unincorporated area of the township approve the reorganization plan. Allows the reorganized political subdivision to provide township assistance within the former boundaries of the reorganizing township by contracting with nonprofit organizations.
 Current Status:   2/27/2023 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by House 3rd reading deadline (Rule 147.1)
 Recent Status:   1/24/2023 - added as coauthor Representative Clere
1/9/2023 - Referred to House Local Government
 Position:   Oppose
 Priority:   Tier 1 - High
 State Bill Page:   HB1062
 
HB1148ENFORCEMENT OF HABITABILITY STANDARDS. (ERRINGTON S) Allows a city, county, or town to bring a nuisance action against a tenant or other person responsible for a nuisance. Requires a landlord to repair or replace an essential item not later than 24 hours after being notified by a tenant that the tenant's rental unit is without certain essential services. Provides that a tenant may bring an enforcement action against a landlord by providing notice of the landlord's noncompliance and allows for certain remedies to a prevailing tenant. Allows a court to order that a tenant's regular rental payments are paid into an attorney trust account or to the clerk of the court during the pendency of an enforcement action brought by the tenant.
 Current Status:   2/27/2023 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by House 3rd reading deadline (Rule 147.1)
 Recent Status:   1/10/2023 - Referred to House Judiciary
1/10/2023 - First Reading
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   HB1148
 
HB1167LIVE STREAMING AND ARCHIVING MEETINGS. (SMALTZ B) Requires governing bodies of state and local agencies (excluding a state supported college or university) to provide, on a publicly accessible platform: (1) live transmissions of public meetings; and (2) an archive of copies of the live transmissions with links to any meeting agendas, minutes, or memoranda. Provides that if a governing body does not have Internet capability for live transmission of public meetings, the governing body shall record the meeting. Provides that transmissions and recordings of public meetings may be destroyed after 90 days.
 Current Status:   5/1/2023 - Public Law 127
 Recent Status:   5/1/2023 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
4/26/2023 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 Position:   neutral
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   HB1167
 
HB1173UTILITY SCALE BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS. (PRESSEL J) Provides that a person may not: (1) construct a new utility scale battery energy storage system (BESS); or (2) expand the capacity of an existing BESS by more than 10% of the system's original capacity; without the prior approval of the department of homeland security (department). Sets forth information that must be included in an application to the department for approval of the construction or expansion of a BESS. Provides that: (1) a BESS for which installation is subject to department approval; and (2) an installation added to an existing BESS in an expansion for which department approval is required; must comply with the National Fire Protection Association's standard concerning stationary energy storage systems (NFPA 855). Provides that the total capacity of the batteries contained within a single enclosure in: (1) a BESS for which installation is subject to department approval; and (2) an installation added to an existing BESS in an expansion for which department approval is required; may not exceed 10 megawatt hours unless authorized under rules adopted by the fire prevention and building safety commission (commission). Provides that if a BESS installed after June 30, 2023, is located less than 1/2 mile from the nearest 100 year flood plain, all of the system's equipment must be located at least two feet above the 100 year frequency flood elevation. Requires the operator of a BESS to: (1) provide a copy of the operator's emergency response plan for the BESS; and (2) offer training to enable effective response to a fire or contaminant discharge at the BESS; to the fire department responsible for providing fire protection services in the area in which the BESS is located. Authorizes the commission to adopt rules to specify standards for the installation and operation of a BESS. Provides that the commission's rules: (1) must be consistent with NFPA 855; and (2) must include standards for: (A) chemical spill prevention and control; and (B) appropriate setbacks from surface water resources. Requires the department to issue to the interim study committee on energy, utilities, and telecommunication, not later than November 1, 2023, a report regarding the progress of the commission in adopting rules addressing the installation and operation of a BESS.
 Current Status:   5/4/2023 - Public Law 217
 Recent Status:   5/4/2023 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
4/28/2023 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   HB1173
 
HB1192MINIMUM WAGE. (BOY P) Amends the definition of "employee" for the purposes of the minimum wage statute. Increases the minimum wage paid to certain employees in Indiana as follows: (1) After June 30, 2024, from $7.25 an hour to $9.02 an hour. (2) After December 31, 2024, from $9.02 an hour to $10.07 an hour. (3) After December 31, 2025, from $10.07 an hour to $11.11 an hour. (4) After December 31, 2026, from $11.11 an hour to $12.10 an hour. Provides that after December 31, 2027, and each subsequent December 31, the hourly minimum wage increases at the same percentage as any increase in the Consumer Price Index for the preceding calendar year. Increases the cash wage paid to tipped employees as follows: (1) After June 30, 2024, from $2.13 an hour to $3.30 an hour. (2) After December 31, 2024, from $3.30 an hour to $4.71 an hour. (3) After December 31, 2025, from $4.71 an hour to $6.12 an hour. (4) After December 31, 2026, from $6.12 an hour to $7.54 an hour. Provides that after December 31, 2027, and continuing for each subsequent December 31, the cash wage required to be paid to employees is equal to 70% of the hourly minimum wage. Provides that, if the federal minimum wage or cash wage is higher than the state minimum wage or cash wage, employers are required to pay the higher federal rate.
 Current Status:   2/27/2023 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by House 3rd reading deadline (Rule 147.1)
 Recent Status:   1/10/2023 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions
1/10/2023 - First Reading
 Position:   neutral
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   HB1192
 
HB1195ICJI VICTIM SERVICES DIVISION. (MCNAMARA W) Allows the victim services division (division) of the Indiana criminal justice institute (ICJI) to assume the duties of the domestic violence prevention and treatment council (council) within the division. Repeals the provisions regarding the council within the division. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   5/4/2023 - Public Law 219
 Recent Status:   5/4/2023 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
4/28/2023 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   HB1195
 
HB1241EMPLOYMENT LEAVE FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS. (CAMPBELL C) Provides that a state agency, political subdivision, or private employer may provide not more than five days of paid leave to an employee who is a volunteer firefighter and takes a leave of absence: (1) to respond to a fire or emergency call; or (2) for an injury that occurs while the employee is engaged in emergency firefighting or other emergency response activity.
 Current Status:   2/27/2023 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by House 3rd reading deadline (Rule 147.1)
 Recent Status:   1/10/2023 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions
1/10/2023 - First Reading
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   HB1241
 
HB1245TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT MATTERS. (CAMPBELL C) Requires a township legislative body to approve a claim in a meeting before payment, unless: (1) the township legislative body has adopted a resolution authorizing the township executive to pay the claim in advance of the township legislative body's approval; or (2) the claim is for township assistance. Requires a township legislative body to meet at least quarterly to approve claims.
 Current Status:   2/27/2023 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by House 3rd reading deadline (Rule 147.1)
 Recent Status:   1/10/2023 - Referred to House Local Government
1/10/2023 - First Reading
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 1 - High
 State Bill Page:   HB1245
 
HB1355TOWNSHIP MERGER PILOT PROGRAM. (MILLER D) Establishes a pilot program that provides for: (1) the merger of townships into a single township government in Blackford County and Switzerland County; and (2) the merger of townships into not more than two township governments in Crawford County.
 Current Status:   4/18/2023 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by Senate 3rd reading deadline for House bills (Rule 79(b))
 Recent Status:   3/6/2023 - Referred to Senate Local Government
3/6/2023 - First Reading
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 1 - High
 State Bill Page:   HB1355
 
HB1430BUSINESS PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION. (MAYFIELD P) Increases the acquisition cost threshold for the business personal property tax exemption from $80,000 to $250,000.
 Current Status:   2/27/2023 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by House 3rd reading deadline (Rule 147.1)
 Recent Status:   1/25/2023 - House Ways and Means, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:30 PM, Rm. 404
1/17/2023 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Position:   Oppose
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   HB1430
 
HB1454DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE. (SNOW C) Provides that the term of any judgment funding bond with regard to either: (1) the city of Hobart; or (2) the Merrillville Community School Corporation; issued for the purpose of paying a property tax judgment rendered against Lake County for assessment year 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014 shall be 25 years. Changes the sunset date for the procedure for selling certain bonds to July 1, 2025, and makes corresponding changes. Adds nonprofit building corporations created by a municipal corporation to a provision concerning the purchase of municipal securities by the treasurer of state and provides that such a security must have a stated final maturity of not more than 25 years after the date of purchase. Specifies expenses eligible for funding from the READI fund. Prohibits the department of local government finance from approving a county reassessment plan before the assessor provides verification that the land values determination has been completed. Removes language from a statute allowing a taxpayer to elect a special property tax valuation method for mini-mill equipment that prohibited the election if any outstanding bond obligations would be impaired as a result of the election. Requires an assessor determining land values to submit the values to the county property tax assessment board of appeals (PTABOA) and the department. Establishes procedures for rental property assessment appeals. Makes changes to a provision granting a property tax exemption to cemetery owners. Requires the land of controlled environment agriculture property to be classified and assessed as agricultural and the improvements to be classified and assessed as an agricultural greenhouse for property tax assessment. Prohibits a PTABOA determination of assessed value following a hearing that exceeds the original appealed assessed value at issue. Provides that a qualified taxing unit located in Lake County that has experienced a property tax revenue shortfall in one or more tax years: (1) resulting from erroneous assessed valuation figures; and (2) which was, or will be, at least $5,000,000, or 20% of its net tax levy, as a result of the erroneous assessed valuation amount; may apply to the treasurer for a loan from the counter-cyclical revenue and economic stabilization fund. Describes procedures, limitations, and uses for such loans. Limits the amount of loans to all qualified taxing units to $35,000,000. Prescribes a formula for determining a population growth of 150% for purposes of the exclusion from maximum ad valorem property tax levy limits for municipalities that meet specified criteria. Makes changes to statutes concerning maximum property tax levies for: (1) Sugar Creek Township Fire Protection District; and (2) Otter Creek Township. Amends an exclusion from the definition of "controlled project" for projects required by a court order. Extends through 2026 the authority for certain school corporations to allocate circuit breaker credits proportionately but imposes limitations with respect to school corporation eligibility to allocate such credits. Repeals the provision establishing the division of data analysis of the department. Prohibits a county auditor from denying an application for a standard deduction for a homestead because the applicant does not have a valid driver's license with the address of the homestead property. Provides that when a county auditor submits a certified statement of assessed value to the department, the county auditor shall exclude the amount of assessed value for any property located in the county for which an appeal has been filed and for which there is no final disposition. Provides that a county auditor may appeal to the department to include the amount of assessed value under appeal within a taxing district for that calendar year. Provides for the expiration of certain supplemental county property tax levy provisions on the later of: (1) January 1, 2045; or (2) the date on which all bonds or lease agreements outstanding on July 1, 2023, for which a pledge of tax revenue is completely paid. Imposes reporting and publication requirements for those bonds and leases. Removes the requirement that a PTABOA quorum must include at least one certified level two or level three assessor-appraiser. Prescribes additional duties for the department. Provides that the distressed unit appeal board (DUAB) may employ staff (instead of an executive director). Provides that the department may (instead of shall) support the DUAB's duties using money from the department's budget funding. Repeals provisions requiring the DUAB to pay the emergency manager's compensation and to reimburse the emergency manager for actual and necessary expenses. Repeals the fiscal and qualitative indicators committee (committee). Replaces references to the committee with references to the DUAB. Provides that, in the assessment of tangible property, confidential information may be disclosed to an official or employee of a county assessor or auditor. Provides that the required annual visit between a representative of the department and each county may take place virtually. Requires a township or county assessor to document any changes made to the parcel characteristics of real property from the previous year's assessment in an assessment of the real property. Provides that a township may elect to establish a township firefighting fund and a township emergency services fund in lieu of the township firefighting and emergency services fund. Provides that the excess of the proceeds of the property taxes attributable to an increase in the property tax rate for a participating unit of a fire protection territory that is established after the establishment of a tax increment financing area located outside of Marion County shall be allocated to and distributed in the form of an allocated property tax revenue pass back to the participating unit of the fire protection territory and not to the redevelopment district. Provides that the fiscal body of a county may adopt an ordinance to establish a property tax amnesty program and require a waiver of interest and penalties added before January 1, 2023, on delinquent taxes and special assessments on real property in the county if certain conditions are met. Amends provisions excluding the part of a participating unit's proceeds of property taxes imposed in certain tax increment finance areas for an assessment date with respect to which the allocation and distribution is made that are attributable to property taxes imposed to meet the participating unit's obligations to a fire protection territory. Reduces the fee, from 15% to 10%, that the department of state revenue may charge a debtor for any debts collected as a collection fee for the department's services, not including local collection assistance fees. Establishes a tax credit for an eligible taxpayer that employs certain individuals with a disability. Provides that contributions to a 529 college savings account or 529A ABLE account made after December 31, 2023, shall be considered as having been made during the taxable year preceding the contribution if certain conditions are met. Beginning in taxable year 2024, allows the Indiana economic development corporation to award a qualified taxpayer a historic rehabilitation tax credit equal to 25% or 30% of the qualified expenditures incurred in the restoration and preservation of a qualified historic structure, depending on the type of historic structure. Pro
 Current Status:   5/4/2023 - Public Law 236
 Recent Status:   5/4/2023 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
4/28/2023 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 Position:   neutral
 Priority:   Tier 1 - High
 State Bill Page:   HB1454
 
HB1553TOWNSHIP FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES FUNDING. (CULP K) Provides that the current township firefighting fund shall be referred to as the township firefighting and emergency services fund. Provides that a township may elect to establish a township firefighting fund and a township emergency services fund in lieu of the township firefighting and emergency services fund. Provides that a township may levy ad valorem property taxes for each fund. Provides that if a township elects to establish separate levies for the township firefighting fund and the emergency services fund, the levies are combined for purposes of calculating a township's maximum permissible levy. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   2/27/2023 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by House 3rd reading deadline (Rule 147.1)
 Recent Status:   1/19/2023 - Referred to House Ways and Means
1/19/2023 - First Reading
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 1 - High
 State Bill Page:   HB1553
 
SB78DISTRIBUTIONS OF PUBLIC SAFETY INCOME TAX REVENUE. (NIEMEYER R) Requires that part of a certified distribution allocated to a county (other than Marion County), subject to a qualified township's application, be allocated among the qualified townships in the county. Provides the calculation for the amount of the allocation. Provides that a qualified township and various fire entities may apply to the county adopting body for a distribution of tax revenue. Provides that the county adopting body shall review an application and shall, before September 1 of a year, adopt a resolution requiring tax revenue to be distributed to a qualified applicant or applicants. Provides that the county adopting body shall provide a copy of the resolution to the county auditor and the department of local government finance. Provides that an adopted resolution submitted in a timely manner to the county auditor and the department of local government finance applies to distributions of tax revenue to the qualified applicant in the following calendar year and each calendar year thereafter until the qualified applicant rescinds the application. Provides that a qualified applicant that wishes to rescind its application under this subsection must notify the county adopting body in writing. Provides that if the county adopting body receives a qualified applicant's written notice to rescind its application, the county adopting body shall adopt a resolution rescinding the qualified applicant's distribution before September 1 of a year and shall provide a copy of the resolution to the county auditor and the department of local government finance.
 Current Status:   4/17/2023 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by House 3rd reading deadline for Senate bills (Rule 148.1)
 Recent Status:   3/22/2023 - House Ways and Means, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:30 PM, Rm. 404
3/13/2023 - added as cosponsor Representative Andrade M
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 1 - High
 State Bill Page:   SB78
 
SB182TOWNSHIP MERGERS. (KOCH E) Allows a township that does not have a township trustee or township board to merge with another township, if identical resolutions approving the merger are adopted by the following: (1) The township trustee and legislative body of the other township. (2) The county executive.
 Current Status:   4/17/2023 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by House 3rd reading deadline for Senate bills (Rule 148.1)
 Recent Status:   2/28/2023 - Referred to House Local Government
2/28/2023 - First Reading
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 1 - High
 State Bill Page:   SB182
 
SB265TANF ELIGIBILITY. (FORD J) Sets the income eligibility requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program at a specified percentage of the federal income poverty level. Requires the division of family resources (division) to amend the state TANF plan or take any other action necessary to implement the income requirements. Increases certain payment amounts nder the TANF program. Repeals provisions: (1) regarding TANF eligibility of a child born more than 10 months after the child's family qualifies for TANF assistance; (2) encouraging a family that receives TANF assistance to receive family planning counseling; and (3) requiring the division to apply a percentage reduction to the total needs of TANF applicants and recipients in computing TANF benefits. Provides that TANF assistance shall be provided to a woman who: (1) is pregnant at the time an application for assistance is filed; and (2) meets the income requirements. Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to calculate and report to the legislative council, by December 1 of every even-numbered year, the amounts that would result if certain payment amounts were adjusted each year using the Social Security cost of living adjustment rate. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   5/1/2023 - Public Law 103
 Recent Status:   5/1/2023 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
4/26/2023 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 Position:   neutral
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   SB265
 
SB316COMPUTER AIDED EMERGENCY DISPATCH SYSTEMS. (WALKER K) Provides that the statewide 911 board (board) may conduct a feasibility study on potential ways in which the computer aided dispatch (CAD) systems used by public safety answering points (PSAPs) in Indiana could be made interoperable to facilitate the standard dispatch of EMS resources based on using the EMS resource that represents the closest and most appropriate EMS resource to respond to an emergency. Provides that the board may submit a report on the study to the following not later than July 1, 2024: (1) The executive director of the legislative services agency to distribute to members of the general assembly. (2) The department of homeland security. (3) The integrated public safety commission. (4) The Indiana department of health. Sets forth information that may be included in the report. Provides that these provisions expire January 1, 2025.
 Current Status:   4/20/2023 - Public Law 41
 Recent Status:   4/20/2023 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
4/17/2023 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   SB316
 
SB317CONTRACTING AND PURCHASING. (ZAY A) Provides that a political subdivision may make advance payments to contractors to enable the contractors to purchase materials needed for a public works project of the political subdivision. Provides that a political subdivision may make advance payments for goods or services before the goods are delivered or services are completed if the fiscal body of the political subdivision authorizes advance payments.
 Current Status:   5/4/2023 - Public Law 181
 Recent Status:   5/4/2023 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
4/28/2023 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   SB317
 
SB340IMAGINATION LIBRARY. (BECKER V) Establishes the Indiana imagination library. Provides that the state library shall administer the Indiana imagination library. Provides that the state library, in consultation with the department of education and the family and social services administration, shall either establish a statewide nonprofit organization or enter into an agreement with a statewide nonprofit organization to carry out the responsibilities related to statewide partnerships and programs. Requires that the statewide nonprofit organization manage the daily operations of and promote the program. Establishes the Indiana imagination library fund, which is nonreverting. Requires the state library, in conjunction with the statewide nonprofit organization, to review the program and report to the governor and the interim study committee on education by November 1 of each year, beginning November 1, 2023. Sets forth the information that the report must include.
 Current Status:   4/17/2023 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by House 3rd reading deadline for Senate bills (Rule 148.1)
 Recent Status:   3/16/2023 - Referred to House Ways and Means
3/16/2023 - Committee Report do pass, adopted
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 2 - Medium
 State Bill Page:   SB340
 
SR5CONGRATULATING CHARLES MORRIS. (YOUNG M) A SENATE RESOLUTION congratulating Charles Morris on being named the Indiana Township Association's 2022 Charles Bogden Memorial Township Board Member of the Year.
 Current Status:   1/19/2023 - adopted voice vote
 Recent Status:   1/19/2023 - First Reading
1/19/2023 - Authored By Michael Young
 Position:   Support
 Priority:   Tier 1 - High
 State Bill Page:   SR5
 
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