Legislative Report - Indiana Association of County Commissioners
Prepared by: Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Report created on March 1, 2024
 
HB1019CHILD OPERATED REFRESHMENT STANDS. (JOHNSON B) Provides that a local health department, the health and hospital corporation of Marion County, a county, a municipality, or a township may not adopt or enforce a law, rule, ordinance, or resolution that prohibits or regulates, including by requiring a license, permit, or fee, the sale of lemonade or other nonalcoholic beverages from a stand on private property by an individual who is less than 18 years of age. Provides that the individual who operates the stand must comply with certain requirements. Provides that a stand is not considered a food establishment and does not require a certified food protection manager. Provides that the governing documents of a homeowners association may not prohibit or regulate, including by requiring a permit or fee, the sale of lemonade or other nonalcoholic beverages from a stand on property located in the subdivision by an individual who is less than 18 years of age. Provides that a homeowners association: (1) does not owe a duty of care to persons participating in a beverage sale; and (2) is not liable for any injury to persons participating in a beverage sale; except for willful or wanton acts or gross negligence of the homeowners association.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - added as second sponsor Senator Walker K
 Recent Status:   2/12/2024 - Referred to Senate Health and Provider Services
2/12/2024 - First Reading
 
HB1026COMMISSION, COMMITTEE, AND BOARD ADMINISTRATION. (ENGLEMAN K) Specifies certain duties and responsibilities relating to the operations of various task forces, committees, boards, and councils (statutory entities). Renames the Indiana code revision commission, probate code study commission, and other statutory entities. Specifies that certain statutory entities are subject to the general law governing legislative committees rather than to the law governing the statutory list of interim study committees. Authorizes a designee of the revisor of statutes to serve as a member of the uniform law commission (ULC). Repeals statutes governing the Medicaid oversight committee and relocates them to the law governing interim study committees. Identifies certain state employees serving on statutory entities by their specific job titles. Provides for the reimbursement of expenses of state employees, lay persons, and members of the general assembly serving on statutory entities. Specifies the expiration dates of the terms of members of certain statutory entities. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the code revision commission.)
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - House Concurred in Senate Amendments ; Roll Call 240: yeas 89, nays 0
 Recent Status:   2/28/2024 - Concurrences Eligible for Action
2/28/2024 - Motion to concur filed
 
HB1070MENTAL HEALTH GRANTS. (CASH B) Allows the division of mental health and addiction to award mental health grants to for-profit community mental health organizations if a nonprofit organization does not qualify for the grant.
 Current Status:   2/27/2024 - Signed by the Speaker
 Recent Status:   2/20/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Taylor G
2/20/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Randolph
 
HB1090TRANSPORTATION MATTERS. (PRESSEL J) Provides that a conveyance to the state is excepted from the definition of a "conveyance document" requiring a sales disclosure form. Amends the annual reporting requirements for the Indiana department of transportation. Requires a unit to hold a public hearing before agreeing with a railroad to the closure of a public railroad crossing within the unit's jurisdiction. Allows evidence of a failure to comply with passenger restraint system statutes to be admitted in a civil action as to mitigation of damages for a plaintiff who is at least 15 years of age or older. Provides that an engineering and traffic investigation is not required to decrease the speed limit to 20 miles per hour on a highway with a functional classification of minor collector or local road in an urban district.
 Current Status:   2/27/2024 - Signed by the Speaker
 Recent Status:   2/20/2024 - Returned to the House without amendments
2/19/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Vinzant
 
HB1108DEVELOPMENT RESTRICTIONS ON SLOPES. (HALL D) Prohibits a unit from preventing development exclusively on the basis of slope, if the predevelopment slope of the site is less than 25%, unless the site is within a watershed area of a reservoir that is a source of a municipality's drinking water.
 Current Status:   2/27/2024 - Returned to the House without amendments
 Recent Status:   2/26/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Tomes
2/26/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 190: yeas 39, nays 10
 
HB1120PROPERTY TAXES. (THOMPSON J) Increases the assessed value limit for the disabled veteran property tax deduction from $200,000 to $240,000. Allows that, for purposes of various property tax deductions, an individual has until January 15 of a calendar year in which property taxes are first due and payable to complete, date, and file the required certified statement with the county auditor. Extends through 2025 the expiration of the threshold amounts used for determining whether a political subdivision's project is a controlled project and whether the petition and remonstrance process or the referendum process applies based on the political subdivision's total debt service tax rate. Specifies that a political subdivision's total debt service tax rate does not include a tax rate approved by voters for a referendum debt service tax levy. Extends through 2026 the calculation to be used in determining the maximum levy growth quotient as added in the 2023 session in house bill 1499. Provides that distributions for curricular materials may not be considered for purposes of determining whether a school corporation met the requirement to expend a minimum amount of state tuition support for teacher compensation. Repeals the requirement that each school maintained by a school corporation and each charter school establish a curricular materials account. Requires a public school to deposit distributions for curricular materials in: (1) the education fund of the school corporation that maintains the school; or (2) the fund in which a charter school receives state tuition support. Adds a provision to allow a redevelopment commission to expend revenues from its allocation fund that are allocated for police and fire services on both capital expenditures and operating expenses as authorized in the 2023 session in House Bill 1454. Provides that, if a township transitions from a single township firefighting and emergency services fund to two separate funds as authorized under current law, the township legislative body must approve a transfer of the remaining cash balance from the single fund to the two new separate funds and determine the amounts attributable to each fund. Requires the state and local tax review task force established in the 2023 session in senate bill 3 to study the following topics: (1) Changing the qualification requirements for a civil taxing unit to be eligible for a levy increase in excess of limitations. (2) Requiring certain projects of a political subdivision to be subject to: (A) the petition and remonstrance process if the political subdivision's total debt service tax rate is more than $0.40 per $100 dollars of assessed value, but less than $0.80 per $100 of assessed value; or (B) the referendum process if the political subdivision's total debt service tax rate is at least $0.80 per $100 of assessed value. (3) Capping the total amount of operating referendum tax that may be levied by a school corporation. Makes technical corrections. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Second reading ordered engrossed
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - House Bills on Second Reading
2/27/2024 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted
 
HB1121LOCAL INCOME TAXES. (THOMPSON J) Extends the expiration of provisions concerning a county with a single voting bloc and the allocation of votes for a local income tax council. Specifies the amount of revenue from a local income tax rate imposed for correctional facilities and rehabilitation facilities in a county that may be used for operating expenses of those facilities. Allows a county fiscal body to adopt a local income tax rate for an acute care hospital located in the county to be used only for the operating expenses of the acute care hospital. Provides that, for the purpose of distributing the local income tax (LIT), if two or more school corporations or civil taxing units merge or consolidate to form a single school corporation or civil taxing unit, the school corporation or civil taxing unit is entitled to the combined pro rata distribution of the LIT revenue allocated to each applicable school corporation or civil taxing unit in existence on January 1 of the immediately preceding calendar year prior to the merger or consolidation. Provides that the department of local government finance shall make certain adjustments pertaining to the distribution of LIT for Floyd County in 2025, which provide that the Highlander Fire Protection District (district) shall receive an amount equal to the combined distribution that would have been distributed to the Greenville Fire Protection District (FPD) and the Lafayette Fire Protection District (FPD) in 2024, but for their elimination resulting from the merger to establish the district. Requires corresponding adjustments in 2025 to reduce the distribution for each applicable civil taxing unit and school corporation in Floyd County, excluding the district, by an amount that equals the proportionate share of the amount of LIT received in 2024 of the combined distribution that would have been distributed to the Greenville FPD and the Lafayette FPD in 2024, but for their elimination. Provides that funds accumulated from a Perry County special purpose tax rate to construct or improve the county jail after the redemption of bonds issued or final payment of lease rentals due under a lease shall be transferred to a county capital project fund to be used to finance capital projects within Perry County. (Current law specifies that such remaining funds are to be transferred to the county jail operations fund to be used for financing the maintenance and operations of the Perry County detention center.) Allows Grant County, under specified circumstances, to adopt an ordinance to impose a special purpose local income tax rate to fund and finance the construction of a county jail. Provides, for purposes of calculating distributions of the financial institutions tax to local taxing units, how to calculate distributions for a taxing unit that did not receive distributions in 2012 because the unit was subsequently established from the merger or consolidation of two or more taxing units that received distributions from the financial institutions tax fund in 2012. Provides, for purposes of calculating qualified distributions of the commercial motor vehicle excise tax to local taxing units, how to calculate base revenue distributions for a taxing unit that did not receive a base revenue distribution in 2001 because the taxing unit was subsequently established from the merger or consolidation of two or more taxing units that received base revenue distributions in 2001. Provides that, for purposes of determining the apportionment or distribution of the motor vehicle excise tax, that the county auditor may make adjustments to reflect the merger or consolidation of two or more taxing units. Authorizes Knox County to impose its innkeeper's tax at a rate of 8% (instead of 6% under current law). Provides that, if the tax rate is increased to more than 6%, the portion of the tax rate that exceeds 6% expires on December 31, 2045. Authorizes the city of Hammond to impose a food and beverage tax. Authorizes the town of Cicero to impose a food and beverage tax.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Second reading amended, ordered engrossed
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Amendment #1 (Holdman) prevailed; voice vote
2/29/2024 - House Bills on Second Reading
 
HB1158COUNTY CONTRACTS. (LEHMAN M) Provides that for counties other than Marion County, contracts entered into by the county (including contracts executed by county elected officers) must meet certain requirements. Allows the county executive to adopt an ordinance that delegates authority to other county elected officers and employees to approve contracts. Requires county elected officers to have certain contracts: (1) executed by the county executive; or (2) submitted for review by the county attorney and county executive. Provides that if the county attorney advises the county executive that a contract of a county elected officer does not comply with state law or the public purchasing or bidding laws, the county executive may disapprove the contract. Allows the county executive to void a contract if a county officer fails to comply with the review process.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 219: yeas 47, nays 2
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - House Bills on Third Reading
2/27/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Randolph
 
HB1162BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES. (PRESSEL J) Makes a technical correction regarding the calculation of a county's allocation from the motor vehicle highway account fund. Provides that a commercial driver's license and a commercial learner's permit may be issued as a mobile credential. Repeals language allowing the bureau of motor vehicles (bureau) to issue a driver's license or identification card to a person granted parole. Adds a wearable device that blocks, in whole or in part, the field of vision of the person wearing the device to the definition of a "telecommunications device". Clarifies that only handheld telecommunications devices may be used in conjunction with hands free or voice operated technology while operating a motor vehicle. Requires the bureau of motor vehicles to state on each of its forms the law or rule making the form necessary. Prohibits the bureau of motor vehicles from requiring a person to appear in person for the renewal of a registration for a collector vehicle, a historic vehicle license plate, or an authentic license plate from the model year of a collector vehicle. Removes the requirement that for a certificate of title maintained electronically by the bureau that when the bureau sends notification that the notification be electronic. Allows an individual who is at least 18 years of age and holds a valid commercial driver's license to be issued a hazardous materials endorsement. Amends provisions regarding proof of a veteran's discharge from the armed forces or its reserves or the national guard. Changes the number of commercial vehicles that must be owned for the state department of revenue to issue a license plate for each commercial vehicle from 25 to five. Amends provisions requiring the bureau to provide notice to allow the bureau to provide notice electronically when the individual has indicated a preference for receiving electronic notices from the bureau. Provides that a driver's license or identification card expires upon the bureau receiving notice of the death of the holder. Allows an individual to electronically apply for the individual's driver's license or learner's permit to be converted into an identification card. Deletes provisions allowing the bureau to suspend or revoke the registration of an individual convicted of certain crimes.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Senate Advisors appointed Taylor G and Messmer
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Senate Conferees appointed Crider and Vinzant
2/29/2024 - House Advisors appointed Steuerwald, Bartels and Gore
 
HB1183FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF LAND. (CULP K) Provides that, beginning July 1, 2024, a real estate closing including agricultural land must include an affidavit in which the purchaser affirms that the purchaser is not prohibited from acquiring or leasing agricultural land. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2024, a prohibited person may not acquire or lease agricultural land or a mineral right or water or riparian right on agricultural land located in Indiana. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2024, a prohibited person may not acquire an interest in land located within a certain radius of military property. Requires the attorney general to investigate an acquisition or lease of land if the attorney general believes the acquisition or lease is in violation of law. Provides certain enforcement powers to the attorney general for a transfer of land in violation of the law.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Tomes
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Glick
2/29/2024 - House Bills on Second Reading
 
HB1204PUBLICATION OF PUBLIC NOTICES. (MELTZER J) Allows a political subdivision to publish notice in the print or electronic edition of a newspaper or locality newspaper that issues a print edition not more than three times a week. Allows, if a newspaper or locality newspaper issues a print edition not more than two times a week, a political subdivision to publish notice: (1) in the print edition or on the newspaper or locality newspaper's website; or (2) if the newspaper or locality newspaper does not have a website, in the print edition or the political subdivision's official website. Allows a notice regarding the sale of certain tracts of real property by a political subdivision to be published solely on the official website of the political subdivision. Provides that if the assessed value of a tract is less than $10,000, based on the most recent assessment of the tract or of the tract of which it was a part before it was acquired, the disposing agent or redevelopment commission is not required to have the tract appraised.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Second reading ordered engrossed
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - House Bills on Second Reading
2/26/2024 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted
 
HB1205MENTAL HEALTH STANDARDS AND REPORTING. (MELTZER J) Requires the secretary of family and social services to provide that the standards for services provided by recovery community organizations for behavioral health recovery, when used as a recovery community organization, be certified through a certain entity and meet other standards established by the division of mental health and addiction. Specifies information that must be reported by a community mental health center as part of the community mental health center's annual report.
 Current Status:   2/27/2024 - Signed by the Speaker
 Recent Status:   2/20/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Randolph
2/20/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 169: yeas 49, nays 0
 
HB1216MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT FOR CERTAIN DETAINEES. (STEUERWALD G) Removes provisions in current law specifying that services provided to an individual while the individual is committed to a facility for mental health services are medically necessary when provided in accordance with generally accepted clinical care guidelines. Requires Medicaid reimbursement for Medicaid covered services provided to a Medicaid recipient while the individual is detained to a facility for mental health services. Sunsets this provision on June 30, 2025. Requires, on or before February 1, 2025, the office of the secretary of family and social services to report to the budget committee certain information for Medicaid claims data ranging from July 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024. Amends the requirements for an application for detention.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Senate Committee recommends passage, as amended Yeas: 14; Nays: 0
2/29/2024 - Senate Appropriations, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
HB1242EXCESS LIABILITY TRUST FUND. (MORRISON A) Allows the department of environmental management (IDEM) to pay an excess liability trust fund claim to replace an underground petroleum storage tank being decommissioned and replaced with an underground or aboveground petroleum storage tank. Provides that remaining funds that have not been allocated at the end of the fiscal year shall roll over to the next year and be used to decommission and replace underground petroleum storage tanks.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - added as cosponsors Senators Niezgodski and Yoder
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Committee Report do pass, adopted
2/29/2024 - Senate Committee recommends passage Yeas: 13; Nays: 0
 
HB1264ELECTION SECURITY. (WESCO T) Provides that a political subdivision that conducts or administers an election may not join the membership of, or participate in a program offered by, a person who has directly financed certain elections activities. Specifies proof of residency requirements that apply to certain individuals who register to vote in person at a registration agency. Requires the statewide voter registration system (SVRS) to contain a feature that identifies voter registrations that list a potential nonresidential address. Specifies a process that a county voter registration official must follow if this feature identifies a voter registration that lists a potential nonresidential address. Allows the secretary of state to contract with a company to receive commercially available data. Requires the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) official or a contractor to use this information to identify a voter whose residence may have changed. Requires the election division to compare residential addresses received from agencies to the residential addresses in the SVRS. Requires the NVRA official to compare the SVRS with the bureau of motor vehicles list of temporary credentials. Specifies a process that must be followed if evidence exists that a registered voter is not a citizen of the United States. Requires the state to provide to each county voter registration office information concerning a voter who is disqualified or potentially disqualified as a prospective juror from jury service because the voter is not a United States citizen. Specifies the actions a county voter registration office must take concerning certain juror information.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 222: yeas 34, nays 13
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - House Bills on Third Reading
2/27/2024 - House Bills on Third Reading
 
HB1265VARIOUS ELECTIONS MATTERS. (WESCO T) Defines "candidate" for the purpose of IC 3-13-11 (caucus procedure for filling vacancies in certain local offices held by major parties). Modifies the definition of "chute". Defines "scantron" and provides that a scantron complies with certain absentee ballot endorsement requirements if it is endorsed with the initials of certain individuals. Allows a circuit court clerk, voter registration official, or county election board to make certain filings by fax or electronic mail. Requires the county election board of a county that is not designated as a vote center county to establish a plan that specifies the method and timing of providing absentee reports to persons who are entitled to receive the reports. Specifies that a nondiscriminatory uniform policy concerning certain voter registration information must apply to all records maintained in the computerized list, including election administration records and absentee activity reports. Requires the NVRA official to conduct, at least once each calendar year, a review and identification of particular voter registration records. Specifies that a provision concerning the delivery, retention, confidentiality, and disposal of election materials does not prohibit county election officials from performing a duty under statutes concerning provisional voting. Exempts a political party office on a primary ballot from the ballot arrangement requirement that all candidates for the same office appear on the same page or screen. Permits certain persons credentialed by the Indiana protection and advocacy services commission to be in the polls during an election. Allows a county election board that adopted a resolution for a primary election allowing absentee voting at satellite offices to amend the resolution, by unanimous vote, to modify, for the subsequent general or municipal election, the locations and hours of the satellite offices. Requires each member of an absentee voter board to sign and print the member's name on a voter's affidavit after the voter has signed and dated the affidavit. Allows a vote center plan amendment to be filed with the election division by fax or electronic mail. Modifies provisions applicable to the notice that must be sent to a voter when a signature mismatch has occurred. Allows a voter to deliver a signature verification affidavit signed by the voter to an absentee voter board at a circuit court clerk's office or satellite location during the period of early voting. Provides that the county election board or board of elections and registration shall not reject an absentee ballot with a missing security envelope signature in certain circumstances if the voter delivers an affidavit of unsigned ballot that is signed by the voter to an absentee voter board at a circuit court clerk's office or satellite location during the period of early voting. Specifies certain employment provisions that apply when a county election board appoints a member of an absentee voter board, absentee ballot counter team, or courier team. Specifies the deadline that applies to fill certain candidate vacancies when the vacancy is due to the successful challenge of a candidate in a judicial proceeding. Prohibits the appointment of a particular person to fill a vacancy by a political party that differs from the party with which the person affiliated when the person was defeated in a primary election or a town or state convention. Specifies the circumstances that create a late candidate vacancy. Extends certain early candidate vacancy provisions to apply to late candidate vacancies. Requires that action to fill a late candidate vacancy be taken not later than 6 a.m. on election day. Modifies a provision concerning the delivery and retention of affidavits. Permits the bureau of motor vehicles to disclose certain identifying information for voter registration and election purposes under certain laws. Prescribes the ballot language for the proposed constitutional amendment that would remove the state superintendent of public instruction from the line of succession to the governor. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 230: yeas 44, nays 2
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - House Bills on Third Reading
2/27/2024 - added as second sponsor Senator Rogers
 
HB1277STATE ADMINISTRATION OF FEDERAL BEAD PROGRAM. (SOLIDAY E) Specifies that the existing Indiana statute concerning the awarding of grants by the office of community and rural affairs for certain eligible broadband projects does not apply to subgrants awarded by the Indiana broadband office (office) under the federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program (program). Establishes a new Indiana Code chapter governing the administration of the program by the office. Requires the office to administer the program in Indiana in compliance with all mandatory provisions set forth in: (1) the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Act); and (2) the BEAD Notice of Funding Opportunity (BEAD NOFO); with respect to the program. Provides that before awarding a subgrant to an eligible broadband service provider during any round of funding under the program, the office shall submit to the budget committee for review the proposed amount and terms of the subgrant. Provides that in awarding subgrants for the deployment of a broadband network using program funds, the office may not exclude cooperatives, nonprofit organizations, public-private partnerships, private companies, public or private utilities, public utility districts, or local governments from eligibility for those funds, as set forth in the Act. Provides that the final proposal submitted by the office to the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) with respect to the program must include the specifications for the required low cost broadband service option that are set forth in the office's initial proposal, as submitted to and approved by NTIA.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 223: yeas 47, nays 0
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - House Bills on Third Reading
2/27/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Randolph
 
HB1278IURC AND OFFICE OF ENERGY DEVELOPMENT MATTERS. (SOLIDAY E) Repeals the Indiana Code provisions concerning the following obsolete programs and funds administered by the Indiana office of energy development (office): (1) The alternative fuel fueling station grant program. (2) The alternative fuel vehicle grant program for local units. (3) The Indiana coal research grant fund. (4) The office of alternative energy incentives. (5) The alternative energy incentive fund. (6) The center for coal technology research. Makes conforming amendments to other sections of the Indiana Code that reference the repealed provisions. Repeals, in the Indiana Code chapter governing the Indiana recycling market development board (board), a provision that authorizes the office to establish and administer a revolving loan program to make low interest loans for energy efficiency or recycling market development projects. Relocates that provision to the Indiana Code chapter governing the office and removes from the provision language authorizing the office to consult with the board in establishing and administering the program. Provides that, notwithstanding the statutory requirements for a local unit to be certified as a commercial solar energy ready community or a wind energy ready community, the commercial solar and wind energy ready communities development center may make a reasonable determination to certify a unit as a commercial solar energy ready community or a wind energy ready community if the unit: (1) has adopted a commercial solar or wind power regulation and the unit's regulation does not: (A) materially differ from applicable industry or regulatory standards; or (B) otherwise materially affect the ability of a project owner to develop a commercial solar project or wind power project in the unit; or (2) has other clear standards for the construction, installation, siting, modification, operation, or decommissioning of commercial solar or wind power systems and the unit's clear standards meet specified requirements. Amends the Indiana Code section concerning a rate case in which a utility seeks an increase in revenues exceeding $2,500,000, and with respect to which a public hearing is required, to provide that the Indiana utility regulatory commission (IURC) shall conduct at least one public hearing in one of the following, as determined by the IURC: (1) The largest municipality located within the utility's service area. (2) The municipality containing the largest number of customers served by the utility. (3) The county containing the largest number of customers served by the utility. (Current law requires the IURC to conduct the public hearing in the largest municipality located within the utility's service area.) Makes a corresponding change to the statute concerning rural electric membership corporations. Repeals a provision in the statute concerning incentives for clean energy projects that requires eligible businesses under the statute to file with the lieutenant governor a monthly report concerning purchases of: (1) Illinois Basin coal for energy production or generation; and (2) fuel or energy produced by a coal gasification facility or by a nuclear energy production or generating facility.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - added as second sponsor Senator Deery
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 224: yeas 40, nays 6
2/29/2024 - House Bills on Third Reading
 
HB1302EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES. (O'BRIEN T) Provides that not later than July 15, 2024, the county executive shall provide the department of homeland security (department) certain information relating to each emergency medical services (EMS) provider in the county. Provides that not later than August 15, 2024, the department, in consultation with the Indiana emergency medical services commission, shall prepare and submit a report to the general assembly relating to the provision of EMS. Urges the legislative council to assign to the appropriate study committee the topic of improving the provision of EMS throughout Indiana.
 Current Status:   2/27/2024 - Returned to the House without amendments
 Recent Status:   2/26/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Randolph
2/26/2024 - added as cosponsors Senators Koch, Leising, Raatz
 
HB1306LIVE TRANSMISSION AND ARCHIVING OF IURC MEETINGS. (SMALTZ B) Exempts the Indiana utility regulatory commission (IURC) from providing a live transmission of hearings regarding which a stenographic record is required to be made and kept by statute. Adds language to the chapter in the Indiana Code governing the IURC to require the IURC to provide on a publicly accessible platform a live transmission of any IURC proceeding that will include: (1) an examination of witnesses; (2) a nonprocedural discussion between one or more parties to the proceeding; (3) questions from one or more of the commissioners regarding the substance of the case; or (4) a contested procedural matter. Requires the IURC to issue a general administrative order to implement a policy that governs the live transmission of IURC proceedings and that includes processes: (1) by which members of the public may request and access the live transmission of an IURC proceeding; and (2) for archiving the live transmission of an IURC proceeding.
 Current Status:   2/27/2024 - Signed by the Speaker
 Recent Status:   2/20/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Randolph
2/20/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 174: yeas 49, nays 0
 
HB1328DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE. (SNOW C) Provides that a county fiscal body may provide a stipend, not to exceed $2,500, to a circuit court clerk that serves as a voter registration officer each year in which a general election is held. Requires a political subdivision to upload to the Indiana transparency website any contract: (1) related to the provision of fire services or emergency medical services; or (2) entered into with another unit or entity that provides fire services or emergency medical services. Requires a political subdivision to annually attest that the political subdivision uploaded any contract related to the provision of fire services or emergency medical services as a part of the political subdivision budgeting process and specifies the consequence for failure to satisfy the attestation requirement. Provides that for purposes of public purchasing, the term "public funds" does not include proceeds of bonds payable exclusively by, or used by, a private entity. Provides a 15% procurement price preference to a business offering to provide supplies or services under a contract awarded by a state agency to a business that provides "specialized employee services" to its employees. Extends the duration of an entrepreneur and enterprise district (district) to the later of: (1) December 31, 2029 (rather than December 31, 2024); or (2) five years after the date the district is designated. Amends provisions of a statute pertaining to the assessment of rental property. Requires the department of local government finance (department) to notify the county assessor of the department's tentative assessment, or information related to tentative valuation changes, of a utility company's distributable property not later than June 1. Reinstates a provision that was repealed in SEA 325-2023 (P.L.182-2023) that includes as a "homestead" property that is an individual's principal place of residence, is located in Indiana, and is owned by an entity, if the individual is a shareholder, partner, or member of the entity that owns the property. Requires a county auditor to submit an amended certified statement of the assessed value for the ensuing year to the department by the later of: (1) September 1; or (2) 15 days after the certified statement is submitted to the department. Requires the proper officers of a political subdivision that desire to appropriate more money for a particular year than the amount prescribed in the budget for that year as finally determined to hold a public hearing after submitting information regarding the proposed additional appropriation to the department's computer gateway. Provides for a maximum property tax levy increase for Knox Township in Jay County. Prohibits certain civil taxing units that determine they cannot carry out their governmental functions for an ensuing calendar year under various levy limitations from submitting an appeal unless the civil taxing unit receives approval from the appropriate fiscal body to submit the appeal. Similarly prohibits a participating unit of a fire protection territory from submitting an appeal unless each participating unit of the fire protection territory has adopted a resolution approving submission of the appeal. Requires the department, regarding the referendum process for bonds or leases for certain projects, to certify its approval or recommendations to the county auditor and the county election board not more than 10 days after both the required certification of the county auditor and the language of the public question are submitted to the department for review. Provides for the staggering of terms for property tax assessment board of appeals members. Provides that if the department determines that certified computer software or a certified provider is not in compliance with certain specifications or standards or the rules of the department, the department may request that the provider develop a corrective action plan. Provides that a contract with a computer provider under a corrective action plan is not void unless the department: (1) determines that the provider has failed to substantially correct the noncompliance; and (2) revokes the provider's certification. Establishes corrective action plan provisions for noncompliant computer providers. Provides the amount of the additional penalty added to taxes payable if a person fails to file a personal property return within 30 days after the due date. Amends a provision regarding the local income tax rate for local costs of the state judicial system in the county. Requires the department to approve a lower levy freeze tax rate if it finds that the lower rate, in addition to: (1) the supplemental distribution as determined in an adopted resolution; and (2) the amount in certain repealed stabilization funds, as applicable; would fund the levy freeze dollar amount. Provides that certain acute care hospitals may apply to the division of mental health and addiction for certification as a community mental health center. Requires the division of mental health and addiction to review applications for certification as a community mental health center: (1) to ensure an applicant meets certain standards; and (2) without consideration for previously established exclusive geographic primary service restrictions. Requires the department to send its decision regarding referendum language to the governing body of a school corporation not more than 10 days after: (1) the certification of the county auditor; and (2) the resolution is submitted to the department. Provides that, for purposes of the transportation levy component of an operations fund property tax levy, a school corporation, whose budget for the upcoming year is subject to review by a fiscal body, may not submit an appeal to the department unless the school corporation receives approval from the fiscal body. Provides that a county fiscal body may establish a salary schedule that includes a stipend, not to exceed $2,500 in a year, to be paid to the county auditor for duties when warranted as determined by the county fiscal body. Requires a county recorder to provide the owner of a farm with: (1) a copy of the recorded document that contains the name of the owner's farm; and (2) documentation of a description of the land to which the name of the farm applies. Provides that for a county having a United States government military base that is scheduled for closing, the expiration date of the allocation area may be extended for the purposes of paying certain expenses. Repeals a provision that prohibits a local unit from amending the boundaries of an economic improvement district (EID). Instead, allows a local unit to amend the boundaries of an EID only if an owner of real property wishes to include the owner's real property in the EID and voluntarily enters into a written agreement with the legislative body of the local unit in which the owner requests and consents to increasing the boundaries of the EID to include the owner's real property. Specifies that, for real property subject to such a written agreement that is subsequently sold to a new owner, the new owner of that real property may opt out of the prior owner's agreement. Provides that no ordinance or safety board action to fix compensation may provide for any increase in the compensation of any member of a police department or fire department, or any other appointee, from the prior budget year if the city has not fixed a budget, tax rate, and tax levy for the ensuing budget year.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 225: yeas 46, nays 1
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - House Bills on Third Reading
2/27/2024 - House Bills on Third Reading
 
HB1329LOCAL GOVERNMENT MATTERS. (PRESSEL J) Authorizes the solid waste management district of Vanderburgh County to make grants and loans for certain purposes. Provides that with certain exceptions a governmental entity is prohibited from requiring that a Class 2 structure or a residential onsite sewage system be inspected in connection with or as a condition of the sale of or transfer of title to the property containing the Class 2 structure or residential onsite sewage system. Allows a governmental entity to require certain inspections of properties located in that part of St. Joseph County containing a designated sole source aquifer only if it has been more than 15 years since the property was last sold or transferred, or the Class 2 structure or system was constructed or installed. Provides, for purposes of posting a license bond, that a political subdivision may not impose any requirement for the political subdivision to be identified as an obligee on the license bond other than the requirement in statute. Provides that certain obligors may initiate a civil action against a political subdivision that does not recognize or does not allow an obligor to post a license bond that satisfies certain requirements and that, if the obligor prevails in the action, the obligor shall be awarded an amount equal to: (1) 300% of the cost of obtaining the license bond; (2) compensatory damages; and (3) reasonable attorney's fees. Provides that if a contractor: (1) has posted a license bond to obtain one license from a political subdivision; and (2) is required to obtain another license from the political subdivision to perform work that the contractor intends to perform; the contractor may not be required to post a second license bond as a condition of obtaining the second license if the type of work that the first license authorizes the contractor to perform is so closely related to the type of work that the second license will authorize the contractor to perform that both types of work are typically involved in a single residential construction project. Provides that a city, town, or county that requires a building permit for the construction of a Class 2 structure may provide for the inspection to be conducted by: (1) an individual employed by the city, town, or county, or by another city, town, or county, as a building inspector; (2) a registered architect; (3) a registered professional engineer; (4) a certified building official; or (5) a licensed home inspector.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - added as third sponsor Senator Bohacek
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - added as second sponsor Senator Rogers
2/29/2024 - removed as second sponsor Senator Bohacek
 
HB1338SECURITY OF PROPERTY AND MEETING DECORUM. (PRESCOTT J) Allows the governing bodies of certain local government agencies (local agencies) to adopt rules or policies governing the conduct of meetings. Provides that a rule or policy may provide that the presiding member of the governing body of the local agency may: (1) issue warnings to disruptive attendees and direct them to leave the meeting on the third warning; and (2) direct a law enforcement officer to remove disruptive attendees. Provides that the rules and policies must be posted at the meeting entrance or announced before taking public testimony. Specifies that a provision of the tort claims law providing immunity to a government entity or employee in adopting and enforcing a law or rule applies. Provides that a person who enters certain locked on inaccessible areas commits criminal trespass. Specifies that: (1) the public access counselor serves at the pleasure of the governor; and (2) when issuing an advisory opinion, the public access counselor may consider only the plain text of the public access laws and valid Indiana court opinions.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted
 Recent Status:   2/27/2024 - added as third sponsor Senator Raatz
2/27/2024 - Senate Committee recommends passage, as amended Yeas: 5; Nays: 2
 
HB1352INSPECTION OF RESIDENTIAL ONSITE SEWAGE SYSTEMS. (MORRIS R) Establishes when certain officials may inspect a residential onsite sewage system or nonresidential onsite sewage system. Allows a nonresidential onsite sewage system to be installed in a lot if at least one site on the lot is determined to be suitable for the installation of the nonresidential onsite sewage system. Provides that a county onsite waste management district (district) or local health department may not assess a periodic permit or inspection fee that exceeds the actual cost of the inspection incurred by the district or local health department on an onsite sewage system or an onsite residential sewage discharging disposal system.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Doriot
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Second reading amended, ordered engrossed
2/29/2024 - Amendment #1 (Byrne) prevailed; voice vote
 
HB1383WETLANDS. (MORRISON A) Clarifies various wetland definitions. Eliminates certain wetland rulemaking requirements. Provides that certain wetland activity requires state authorization. Clarifies the compensatory mitigation that must be offered to offset certain wetland activity. Makes conforming changes and technical corrections.
 Current Status:   2/12/2024 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   2/6/2024 - Returned to the House without amendments
2/6/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 147: yeas 32, nays 17
 
HB1385PAYMENT FOR AMBULANCE SERVICES. (BARRETT B) Requires a health plan operator to provide payment to a nonparticipating ambulance service provider for ambulance service provided to a covered individual: (1) at a rate not to exceed the rates set or approved, by contract or ordinance, by the county or municipality in which the ambulance service originated; (2) at the rate of 400% of the published rate for ambulance services established under the Medicare law for the same ambulance service provided in the same geographic area; or (3) according to the nonparticipating ambulance provider's billed charges; whichever is less. Provides that certain payments for ambulance services do not apply to state employee health plans. Provides that if a health plan makes payment to a nonparticipating ambulance service provider in compliance with these requirements: (1) the payment shall be considered payment in full, except for any copayment, coinsurance, deductible, and other cost sharing amounts that the health plan requires the covered individual to pay; and (2) the nonparticipating ambulance service provider is prohibited from billing the covered individual for any additional amount. Provides that the copayment, coinsurance, deductible, and other cost sharing amounts that a covered individual is required to pay in connection with ambulance service provided by a nonparticipating ambulance service provider shall not exceed the copayment, coinsurance, deductible, and other cost sharing amounts that the covered individual would be required to pay if the ambulance service had been provided by a participating ambulance service provider. Requires a health plan operator that receives a clean claim from a nonparticipating ambulance service provider to remit payment to the nonparticipating ambulance service provider not more than 30 days after receiving the clean claim. Provides that if a claim received by a health plan operator for ambulance service provided by a nonparticipating ambulance service provider is not a clean claim, the health plan operator, not more than 30 days after receiving the claim, shall: (1) remit payment; or (2) send a written notice that: (A) acknowledges the date of receipt of the claim; and (B) either explains why the heath plan operator is declining to pay the claim or states that additional information is needed for a determination whether to pay the claim. Repeals the requirement that a health plan operator negotiate rates and terms with any ambulance service provider willing to become a participating provider, but retains the requirement that the state negotiate rates and terms with any ambulance service provider willing to become a participating provider. Repeals the requirement that the department of insurance, not later than May 1, 2024, submit a report concerning these negotiations.
 Current Status:   2/20/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 175: yeas 44, nays 5
 Recent Status:   2/20/2024 - House Bills on Third Reading
2/19/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Randolph
 
HB1387HOUSING DEVELOPMENT. (MILLER D) Makes various changes to the residential housing infrastructure assistance program. Expands the definition of "economic development facilities" applicable to the economic development and pollution control statutes to include facilities for housing for purposes of redevelopment commission programs outside Indianapolis for age-restricted housing or residential housing development. Makes a technical correction.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Doriot
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 228: yeas 46, nays 0
2/29/2024 - House Bills on Third Reading
 
SB5LEAD WATER LINE REPLACEMENT AND LEAD REMEDIATION. (KOCH E) Specifies that, for purposes of the statute concerning the replacement of customer owned lead service lines by water utilities, a municipally owned utility includes a utility company owned, operated, or held in trust by a consolidated city. Provides that the following apply with respect to the owner of a building, structure, or dwelling, other than a multi-family residential property that contains more than four dwelling units, that is served by a customer owned lead service line within or connected to a water utility's system: (1) That upon request by the water utility, the owner shall replace, or cause to be replaced, the customer owned portion of the lead service line by: (A) enrolling in the water utility's lead service line replacement program; or (B) replacing the customer owned portion of the lead service line through the owner's own agents or contractors and at the owner's own expense. (2) That if the owner: (A) does not enroll in the water utility's lead service line replacement program; (B) does not replace the customer owned portion of the lead service line; or (C) fails to communicate with the water utility regarding the replacement; the water utility or the water utility's agent may enter the property to replace the customer owned portion of the lead service line. (3) That the: (A) water utility; and (B) occupant of the property, if the property is occupied by a person other than the owner; are not liable to the owner with respect to any replacement made under these provisions. (4) That if a water utility attempts to avail itself of the remedies set forth in these provisions and is prevented from doing so by the owner of the property, the water utility may, in accordance with state law, disconnect water service to the owner's property. Provides that the following apply with respect to the owner of a multi-family residential property that contains more than four dwelling units: (1) That the owner may elect to participate in the water utility's lead service line replacement program. (2) That the owner must communicate to the water utility the owner's election to participate not later than 45 days after receiving the water utility's request. (3) That if the owner does not communicate the owner's election to participate within this 45 day period, the owner, or any future owner of the property, is responsible for replacing the customer owned portion of the lead service line through the owner's own agents or contractors and at the owner's own expense. Provides that in the case of a: (1) building; (2) structure; or (3) dwelling; that a water utility has determined to be abandoned or unserviceable, the water utility may disconnect water service to the property and require the owner, or any future owner, of the property to install a new service line. Provides that these provisions may be incorporated, without the need for further approval by the Indiana utility regulatory commission (IURC), into a water utility's lead service line replacement plan that has been previously approved by the IURC.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Senate Concurred in House Amendments ; Roll Call 239: yeas 45, nays 0
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Concurrences Eligible for Action
2/28/2024 - Motion to concur filed
 
SB10COMMUNITY CARES INITIATIVE GRANT PILOT PROGRAM. (BALDWIN S) Establishes the community cares initiative grant pilot program for the purpose of assisting in the costs of starting or expanding mobile integrated health care programs and mobile crisis teams in Indiana. Establishes the community cares initiative fund.
 Current Status:   2/15/2024 - added as cosponsor Representative Shackleford
 Recent Status:   2/13/2024 - Referred to House Ways and Means
2/13/2024 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted
 
SB33DISTRIBUTIONS OF PUBLIC SAFETY INCOME TAX REVENUE. (NIEMEYER R) Defines"courtroom costs". Provides that a county fiscal body may adopt an ordinance to impose a tax rate for: (1) in the case of a tax rate adopted before January 1, 2024, county staff expenses of the state judicial system in the county; or (2) in the case of a tax rate adopted after December 31, 2023, courtroom costs of the state judicial system in the county. Provides that the revenue shall be used by the county: (1) in the case of the tax rate adopted before January 1, 2024, only for paying for county staff expenses of the state judicial system in the county; and (2) in the case of a tax rate adopted after December 31, 2023, only for paying the courtroom costs of the state judicial system in the county. Provides that the local income tax revenue spent by each county may not comprise more than 50% of the county's total operational staffing expenses related to the courtroom costs of the state judicial system in any given year. Provides that a township fire department, volunteer fire department, fire protection territory, or fire protection district may apply to the county adopting body for a distribution of local income tax revenue that is allocated to public safety purposes. Requires the county adopting body to review certain submitted applications at a public hearing.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - Returned to the Senate with amendments
 Recent Status:   2/27/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 216: yeas 93, nays 0
2/27/2024 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
 
SB61TOURISM IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS. (HOLDMAN T) Provides that a person may circulate a petition to create a tourism improvement district (district) within the territory of a county, city, or town (local unit). Specifies the contents of the tourism improvement district plan that must be filed with a petition to establish a district. Provides that, after a hearing on a petition to establish a district, the legislative body of a local unit may adopt the ordinance establishing the district only if it determines that the petition has been signed by at least: (1) 65% of the owners within the proposed district that will pay the assessments; and (2) the owners of 65% of the total net assessed value of the real property within the proposed district that will pay the assessments. Provides that owners located within a district may be charged a special assessment to fund improvements and other district activities. Defines the term "owner". Excludes from inclusion within a district: (1) property that receives a homestead standard deduction; (2) property used for single family residential housing; and (3) property used for multi-unit residential housing. Specifies the contents of the ordinance establishing a district and the length of time for which a district may exist. Allows a district to issue bonds. Requires the county, city, or town legislative body to contract with a nonprofit district management association to administer and implement the district's activities and improvements. Requires a district management association to annually engage an independent certified public accounting firm to conduct an examination of the district's funds, accounts, and financial affairs and submit the examination to the legislative body and the fiscal body. Excludes Marion County from the provisions of the bill.
 Current Status:   2/21/2024 - House Ways and Means, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   2/19/2024 - added as cosponsor Representative King
2/15/2024 - added as cosponsor Representative Cherry
 
SB105UPDATED INDIANA DRAINAGE HANDBOOK. (LEISING J) Requires the state department of agriculture (department) to oversee and take all actions necessary for the preparation and publication of an updated version of the Indiana Drainage Handbook. Authorizes the department to select a contractor to draft the updated version of the Indiana Drainage Handbook. Requires the secretary of agriculture and rural development to appoint an advisory board to advise the contractor and the department and to review and provide non-binding comments on the structure and the text of drafts of the updated Indiana Drainage Handbook. Provides that the advisory board must include representatives of certain organizations and state agencies and may include other members appointed by the secretary of agriculture and rural development.
 Current Status:   2/19/2024 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   2/19/2024 - Committee Report do pass, adopted
2/19/2024 - House Committee recommends passage Yeas: 11; Nays: 0
 
SB129POLICE OFFICER EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING COST REIMBURSEMENT. (BYRNE G) Allows a county, city, or town (unit) to be reimbursed for some or all of a police officer's employment and training costs from a unit that subsequently employs the police officer less than three years after police officer completes the law enforcement basic training course. Provides that "police officer" does not include a town marshal or town marshal deputy. Provides that if any unit does not claim reimbursement from a subsequent employing unit, any reimbursement right is terminated. Requires a subsequent employer to notify the police officer in writing if the previous employer did or did not submit a claim for reimbursement. Requires a written notification be provided to a police officer before hiring that informs the officer of the employer's right to obtain reimbursement from a subsequent employer.
 Current Status:   2/6/2024 - Referred to House Local Government
 Recent Status:   2/6/2024 - First Reading
1/25/2024 - added as coauthor Senator Vinzant
 
SB135REDISTRICTING DEADLINE. (GASKILL M) Requires certain redistricting authorities to redistrict or recertify election districts before June 30, 2025, if the election district does not have an office on the ballot during the 2024 general election. Requires certain redistricting authorities to redistrict or recertify election districts after January 1, 2025 and before June 30, 2025, if the election district does have an office on the ballot during the 2024 general election. Assesses a penalty if a redistricting authority fails to redistrict or recertify election districts. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   2/20/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 170: yeas 90, nays 0
 Recent Status:   2/20/2024 - added as cosponsor Representative Cherry
2/20/2024 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
 
SB140LOGJAM REMOVAL. (LEISING J) Provides that a person may perform certain activities without obtaining a permit from the department of natural resources (department). Provides certain guidelines for cutting, relocating, or removing logs that are crossways in a channel.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Senate Advisors appointed Taylor G and Raatz
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Senate Conferees appointed Leising and Qaddoura
2/29/2024 - House Advisors appointed Abbott, Prescott and Jackson
 
SB150ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND CYBERSECURITY. (BROWN L) Creates the artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and data governance task force (task force) to study and assess: (1) the use of artificial intelligence technology by state agencies; (2) cybersecurity issues; and (3) certain technology issues. Provides that political subdivisions, state agencies, school corporations, and state educational institutions (public entities) may adopt a: (1) technology resources policy; and (2) cybersecurity policy; subject to specified guidelines. Specifies requirements for: (1) public entities; and (2) entities other than public entities; that connect to the state technology infrastructure of Indiana. Provides, with regard to a licensing contract entered into by a state agency for use of a software application designed to run on generally available desktop or server hardware that: (1) the contract may not restrict the hardware on which the state agency installs or runs the software; and (2) information created, received, maintained, stored by, or otherwise in the control of the software or any derivative of the information is considered government information and owned by the state. Provides that an executive or legislative state agency may submit to the office of technology and the task force an inventory of all artificial intelligence technologies in use, or being developed or considered by the state agency for use, by the state agency.
 Current Status:   3/4/2024 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Second reading amended, ordered engrossed
2/29/2024 - Amendment #2 (Behning) prevailed; voice vote
 
SB157LANDLOCKED PROPERTY. (BUCK J) Defines "landlocked property" as real property that has been shut off from all public highways as a result of the vacation of one or more public highways. Provides that if an action of the state, or an agency or political subdivision of the state, causes real property to become landlocked property, the county assessor of the county in which the landlocked property is located must assess the value of the landlocked property at zero for as long as the property qualifies as landlocked property if the property owner files an affidavit stating that the property does not have access to any public highway.
 Current Status:   2/12/2024 - Referred to House Local Government
 Recent Status:   2/12/2024 - First Reading
2/6/2024 - Referred to House
 
SB159ANNEXATION. (BUCK J) With certain exceptions, requires a municipality that initiates an annexation to file with the court an annexation petition approved by the signatures of: (1) at least 51% of the owners of non-tax exempt land in the annexation territory; or (2) the owners of at least 75% in assessed valuation of non-tax exempt land in the annexation territory. Requires the court to hold a hearing if the petition has enough signatures. Adds provisions for determining the validity of signatures. Eliminates the following: (1) Remonstrances and remonstrance waivers. (2) Reimbursement of remonstrator's attorney's fees and costs. (3) Adoption of a fiscal plan for voluntary annexations requested by 100% of landowners in the annexation territory. (4) Settlement agreements in lieu of annexation. (5) Provisions regarding contiguity of a public highway.
 Current Status:   2/20/2024 - House Local Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   2/12/2024 - Referred to House Local Government
2/12/2024 - First Reading
 
SB170CRIMES AND ELECTION WORKERS. (WALKER G) Defines "election worker" and makes it a Level 6 felony under certain circumstances to: (1) threaten an election worker; or (2) to obstruct, interfere with, or injure an election worker.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 251: yeas 93, nays 0
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
2/28/2024 - Amendment #1 (Moed) motion withdrawn
 
SB179COMMISSION ON COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEYS. (KOCH E) Requires the office of judicial administration to create and make available a uniform form to assist a court in making an indigency determination. Changes the name of the Indiana public defender commission to the Indiana commission on court appointed attorneys (commission). Requires, by January 31 of each year, every clerk of a circuit to provide a report to the commission on court appointed attorneys concerning the fees the clerk deposited and transferred for the previous calendar year. Requires the justice reinvestment advisory council (council) to conduct a study on criminal indigency determinations by all Indiana trial courts. Requires the council to submit a report containing recommendations on specified topics to the legislative council before July 1, 2025. Establishes a statewide program that allows the commission to reimburse county misdemeanor public defense expenses at an amount not to exceed 25% of costs. Provides that the misdemeanor reimbursement is subject to the commission's available funding, and if the commission does not have sufficient funds, the misdemeanor reimbursement fund must be reduced first before reducing reimbursements for felony public defense expenses. Requires the commission to make a report not later than December 1, 2029, to the legislative council and the budget committee concerning the up to 25% reimbursement from the public defense fund for indigent defense services for misdemeanor cases. Provides that the commission must provide data concerning how the reimbursement has impacted attorney appointment rates, jail population, trial rates, and case outcomes. Provides that money in the public defense fund may be used to pay the expenses incurred by the council.
 Current Status:   3/4/2024 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Second reading ordered engrossed
2/29/2024 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
 
SB182REGULATION OF DRONES NEAR CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES. (KOCH E) Provides that the crime of trafficking with an inmate includes the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) to deliver contraband, and that the crime of public safety remote aerial interference includes operation of a drone to intentionally obstruct or interfere with the duties of a correctional officer, including a county jail officer.
 Current Status:   2/20/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 174: yeas 92, nays 0
 Recent Status:   2/20/2024 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
2/19/2024 - Second reading ordered engrossed
 
SB183COUNTY OPTION PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION. (RAATZ J) Provides that a county fiscal body may adopt an ordinance to exempt mobile homes and manufactured homes located in the county from property taxation (exemption ordinance). Provides that for an annual assessment date in which an exemption ordinance is in effect, a county assessor shall not assess a mobile home or a manufactured home granted the property tax exemption. Specifies that the discretionary adoption of an exemption ordinance does not apply to mobile homes and manufactured homes that are assessed as: (1) inventory; or (2) real property; under the property tax laws and administrative rules. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - Returned to the Senate without amendments
 Recent Status:   2/27/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 225: yeas 93, nays 1
2/27/2024 - added as cosponsor Representative Porter
 
SB190STATE DISASTER RELIEF FUND. (CARRASCO C) Makes changes to the permissible uses for the state disaster relief fund (fund). Makes changes to the requirements for an eligible entity to receive financial assistance from the fund. Makes changes to the calculations used to determine the amount of financial assistance an eligible entity may receive from the fund. Increases, from $10,000 to $25,000, the amount of loss that may be compensated for damages to an individual's property. Repeals provisions that: (1) provide a definition of "public facility"; (2) provide limitations for an entity suffering multiple disaster emergencies; and (3) provide requirements for an application of an eligible entity that is an individual to obtain financial assistance from the fund.
 Current Status:   3/4/2024 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Second reading ordered engrossed
2/29/2024 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
 
SB221STATE BOARD OF ACCOUNTS. (BASSLER E) Limits the authority of the director of the special investigations department to investigations involving public monies that are the subject of financial examinations undertaken by the state board. Provides that an internal audit or risk assessment conducted by or on behalf of the state shall remain confidential, and that the state and other individuals may not divulge information related to an internal audit or risk assessment unless required to do so in accordance with a judicial order. Provides an exception allowing the state and other individuals to divulge information related to an internal audit or risk assessment to: (1) the state examiner; (2) the director of the office of management and budget; (3) an external auditor, in accordance with professional auditing standards; or (4) any other individual for any reason that constitutes good cause as determined by the state examiner and approved by the director of the office of management and budget. Provides that if a majority of a governing body is present during an exit conference, or any conference initiated by the state examiner to discuss an examination status, the governing body shall be considered in an executive session. Removes a mandatory requirement that city clerks attend the annual training institute conducted by the state board of accounts. Limits the requirement that certain newly elected or appointed local officers complete five hours of approved training courses before the individual first takes office to only individuals first elected or appointed to the office of clerk-treasurer or city controller (and excluding city clerk). Requires an individual elected to the office of county auditor to annually certify completion of the individual's training requirements and file the certification with the state board.
 Current Status:   2/20/2024 - added as cosponsor Representative Porter
 Recent Status:   2/20/2024 - Returned to the Senate without amendments
2/19/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 161: yeas 87, nays 7
 
SB228VARIOUS TAX MATTERS. (HOLDMAN T) Amends the economic threshold for sales tax nexus to remove the number of sales transactions in the state as one of the two current triggers that require retail merchants to collect and remit sales tax. Allows a retail merchant that receives 75% or more of its receipts from the sale of prepared food to elect to claim a sales tax exemption on transactions involving electricity equal to 50% of the tax imposed on the transactions. Makes certain changes to statutes of limitations provisions. Requires sheriffs to transfer funds collected through executions of tax warrants twice a month electronically through the department of state revenue (department) payment portal. Specifies that the service of process fee for postjudgment service can only be assessed one time per case. Authorizes the department to disclose a taxpayer's name and other personal identification information with a tax preparer or tax preparation software provider in cases where the department suspects that a fraudulent return has been filed on behalf of a taxpayer and that the system of a taxpayer's previous year tax preparer or tax preparation software provider has been breached. Specifies the pass through entity tax liability for pass through entities in certain circumstances. Repeals an outdated provision that requires an owner of a truck stop to obtain a license from the department. Reorganizes certain retail merchant certificate provisions. Makes clarifying and technical changes.
 Current Status:   3/4/2024 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Second reading ordered engrossed
2/29/2024 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
 
SB232STATEWIDE 911 SYSTEM. (WALKER K) Removes references to "enhanced 911 service". Increases the penalty for false informing if the false report is that a person is dangerous and certain other circumstances exist. Changes references from the "enhanced prepaid wireless charge" to the "911 service prepaid wireless charge". Provides that information relating to security measures or precautions used to secure the statewide 911 system may be excepted from public disclosure at the discretion of the statewide 911 board. Makes changes to or repeals certain definitions relating to the state 911 system. Provides that all originating service providers that provide 911 service for their customers: (1) shall connect to the state 911 system using an industry standard or functional equivalent; and (2) must establish and maintain the connection in accordance with all applicable regulatory requirements requiring service continuity and ensure access to public safety assistance.Provides that an emergency communications center included in the definition of PSAP may not be construed to create an additional PSAP. Makes a technical correction. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 252: yeas 92, nays 0
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
2/28/2024 - added as cosponsors Representatives Cash and Pack R
 
SB233CERTIFIED COMMUNITY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINICS. (CRIDER M) Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services and the division of mental health and addiction to include each community mental health center that meets certain requirements in: (1) the community mental health services demonstration program (program), if Indiana is approved to participate in the program and as a state plan amendment for specified reimbursement after the program; or (2) if Indiana is not approved to participate in the program, a Medicaid state plan amendment or waiver to allow for Medicaid reimbursement for eligible certified community behavioral health clinic services by certain Medicaid providers.
 Current Status:   2/15/2024 - added as cosponsor Representative Ledbetter
 Recent Status:   2/13/2024 - Referred to House Ways and Means
2/13/2024 - Committee Report do pass, adopted
 
SB234DISASTER EMERGENCY. (GARTEN C) Provides that a state of disaster emergency declared by the governor: (1) that applies to the entire state may not continue for more than 60 days unless a renewal is authorized by the general assembly; and (2) that only applies to part of the state may not continue for more than 30 days unless renewed by the governor. Provides that the renewal of a statewide disaster emergency authorized by the general assembly may continue for not more than 60 days. Specifies that if a state of disaster emergency that applies to the entire state has ended, the governor may not call a new state of disaster emergency that applies to the entire state unless the new disaster is wholly unrelated to the earlier disaster. Defines "wholly unrelated".
 Current Status:   3/4/2024 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Second reading ordered engrossed
2/29/2024 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
 
SB240PUBLIC SAFETY. (FREEMAN A) Provides that a person who knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly operates a vehicle in a repeated or continuous manner with the intent of causing a rotational skid commits reckless driving, a Class B misdemeanor, and increases the penalty if certain circumstances apply. Specifies that a person may request specialized driving privileges even after the initial hearing. Specifies that a vehicle used to commit reckless driving involving a rotational skid or obstruction of traffic involving a rotational skid is subject to seizure for purposes of civil forfeiture if the person has a prior unrelated conviction for the offense. Increases the penalty for resisting law enforcement to a Level 5 felony if a person operates a vehicle in a manner that creates a substantial risk of bodily injury to another person. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   2/26/2024 - House Courts and Criminal Code, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   2/21/2024 - House Courts and Criminal Code, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
2/20/2024 - added as cosponsors Representatives McNamara and Andrade
 
SB246ASSESSMENT OF WETLANDS CLASSIFIED AS WILDLANDS. (GLICK S) Provides that a parcel of land that: (1) is at least 1/2 of an acre in size; and (2) contains wetlands, as delineated by a person certified in wetland delineation; may be classified as wildlands for purposes of property tax assessment.
 Current Status:   2/28/2024 - Returned to the Senate without amendments
 Recent Status:   2/27/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 233: yeas 93, nays 2
2/27/2024 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
 
SB247WATER AND WASTEWATER UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE. (KOCH E) Amends the statute concerning the acquisition by a utility company of a water or wastewater utility to provide that if: (1) the appraised value of the utility property to be acquired does not exceed $3,000,000; and (2) the purchase price for the utility property is less than the appraised value of the utility property; the acquiring utility company may submit to the Indiana utility regulatory agency (IURC) a filing under a procedure, based on the procedures set forth in the IURC's rules governing 30 day administrative filings, to include in the acquiring utility company's rate base specified costs associated with the acquisition. Sets forth certain information that must be included in an acquiring utility company's filing. Provides that if the IURC approves an acquiring utility company's filing, the IURC: (1) may only authorize that: (A) the full purchase price; and (B) estimated: (i) incidental expenses; and (ii) other costs of acquisition; be recorded as the acquiring utility company's net original cost of acquisition; and (2) shall provide that any estimated: (i) incidental expenses; and (ii) other costs of the acquisition; are subject to a reasonableness review as part of the acquiring utility company's next base rate case. Adds language specifying that the Indiana Code chapter that governs the transfer, acquisition, and improvement of utilities by municipalities applies to a municipally owned natural gas utility (in addition to a municipally owned electric, water, wastewater, or combined water and wastewater utility).
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Senate Concurred in House Amendments ; Roll Call 236: yeas 43, nays 1
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Concurrences Eligible for Action
2/27/2024 - Concurrences Eligible for Action
 
SB252NOTICE PUBLICATION AND INDIANA STADIUM AND CONVENTION BUILDING AUTHORITY. (BUCK J) Changes the qualifications required for a newspaper to publish legal notices as follows: (1) A newspaper must have been published for one year (instead of three years). (2) A newspaper must have had an average paid circulation during the preceding year of at least 500 (instead of 200). Provides that the newspaper's average paid circulation may include the number of website page views reported by a website's host provider. (Current law only includes the average requested or paid circulation as reported in the United States Postal Service Statement of Ownership.) Requires a locality newspaper to have been published for 12 consecutive months (instead of three years) to be eligible to publish legal notices. Requires political subdivisions to publish legal notices in a newspaper or locality newspaper published within the county where the political subdivision is located (instead of in a newspaper or newspapers published within the political subdivision). Requires a paid circulation threshold for a newspaper published in a county of 2% of the county population. Reduces the membership of the board of directors of the Indiana stadium and convention building authority from seven members to three members. Provides that the director of the state budget agency or the director's designee serves as the board chair.
 Current Status:   3/4/2024 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Second reading amended, ordered engrossed
2/29/2024 - Amendment #1 (Miller D) prevailed; voice vote
 
SB256FISCAL MATTERS. (MISHLER R) Provides that money in the attorney general contingency fee fund is continuously appropriated and is not subject to allotment. Reinstates provisions concerning meetings of the budget committee. Provides that a state employee may affirmatively elect to enroll in the deferred compensation plan prior to the auto enroll date on day 31 of the state employee's employment. Requires, effective July 1, 2025, the trustee of the state police pension trust to maintain a supplemental allowance reserve account for the purpose of paying postretirement benefit adjustments. Requires certain political subdivisions to present to the interim study committee on pension management oversight concerning a delinquent employee retirement plan offered by the political subdivision. Increases the maximum date that a member or participant of certain retirement funds can participate in the deferred retirement option plan from 36 to 60 months. Reestablishes, and enumerates requirements and procedures for, a petition and remonstrance window for controlled projects funded by debt service if the project scope changes from the purpose initially advertised to taxpayers. Provides that for purposes of annually adjusting the assessed value of real property to account for changes in value since a reassessment, the department of local government finance shall use certain capitalization rates. Provides that sales of feminine hygiene products are exempt from the state gross retail tax. Increases the amount of federal civil service annuity benefits that an individual or the individual's surviving spouse may deduct from adjusted gross income tax. Increases the countable asset limitation for SNAP purposes from $5,000 (current law) to $10,000. Adds nonvoting, advisory members to the Medicaid oversight committee. Streamlines the Medicaid oversight committee duties. Authorizes the office of the secretary of family and social services (office of the secretary) to implement a risk based managed care program for certain Medicaid recipients. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to convene a workgroup and, with managed care organizations, to conduct a claims submission testing period before the risk based managed care program is established. Provides that an individual who provides services under the risk based managed care program may not be required to reside in Indiana. Establishes the community cares initiative grant pilot program for the purpose of assisting in the costs of starting or expanding mobile integrated health care programs and mobile crisis teams in Indiana. Establishes the community cares initiative fund. Requires documentation and verification of the provision of attendant care services before Medicaid reimbursement. Requires a structured family caregiving services provider to pay a principal caregiver of these services at least 80% of the Medicaid per diem reimbursement. Requires the office of the secretary to present specified information concerning structured family caregiving services to the budget committee. Requires the Indiana department of health to provide information concerning the Handle with Care notification system to each county, city, or town that operates a mobile crisis team or mobile integrated healthcare program. Authorizes the establishment of home health agency cooperative agreements. (A similar law enacted in 2022 expired on July 1, 2023.) Specifies that a home health agency may contract directly or indirectly through a network of home health agencies. Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to apply for an amendment to certain Medicaid waivers concerning attendant care services. Removes a reference in current law to outstanding bonds for which a fee replacement appropriation was made in a provision prohibiting a state educational institution from issuing bonds for refunding or advance refunding of outstanding bonds without: (1) approval of the budget agency; and (2) the board of trustees of the issuing state educational institution making certain findings. Provides that money in the high tech crimes unit fund is continuously appropriated for purposes of the fund. Prohibits a unit from entering into a sister city or cooperative agreement with a city, town, province, county, school, college, or university located in a foreign adversary. Provides parameters for the northwestern Indiana regional planning commission, beginning with calendar year 2025 and for each year thereafter through calendar year 2029, to annually adjust each participating county's portion of the budget. Extends the funding Indiana's roads for a stronger, safer tomorrow task force for one additional year. Requires budget committee review before territory may be designated as an innovation development district. Allows the Indiana economic development corporation to designate territory located in an existing allocation area as an innovation development district if certain conditions are met. Provides that if an existing allocation area is located in territory subsequently designated as an innovation development district, property tax increment revenue continues to be allocated to the existing allocation area. Provides that a fiscal body, commission, or authority may not remove a parcel of real property from various types of existing economic development districts or an existing tax increment financing district and subsequently add the parcel back into the same district. Provides that a fiscal body, commission, or authority may remove a parcel of real property from various types of existing economic development districts or an existing tax increment financing district and subsequently add the parcel into a different district. Provides that grant awards authorized in the 2023 budget bill for regional mental health facility grants to counties for use in constructing new facilities or renovating existing facilities to provide mental health services for certain incarcerated individuals may not exceed $5,000,000 per county (instead of $2,500,000 per county). Requires the office of the secretary to present a report including a forecast of enrollment and program costs of the Medicaid program to the budget committee at certain budget committee meetings. Requires the office of the secretary to present to the budget committee a detailed plan for monitoring expenses of the complete Medicaid program. Requires the office of the secretary to present to the budget committee a feasibility study concerning the creation of a Medicaid data dashboard. Requires the office of the secretary to prepare and submit a report to specified entities concerning data on the provision of applied behavior analysis services in the Medicaid program. Requires the office of the secretary to provide a report to the Medicaid oversight committee, the budget committee, and the executive director of the legislative services agency for distribution to the members of the general assembly concerning the role of intermediaries in delivery of Medicaid services. Requires the office of the secretary to provide a report to the Medicaid oversight committee, the budget committee, and the executive director of the legislative services agency for distribution to the members of the general assembly providing: (1) an explanation concerning the miscalculation in the Medicaid program forecast in 2023; and (2) strategies for preventing miscalculations in future forecasts. Requires: (1) the legislative services agency; and (2)
 Current Status:   3/4/2024 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   2/29/2024 - Second reading amended, ordered engrossed
2/29/2024 - Amendment #5 (Porter) prevailed; voice vote
 
SB275PENSION MATTERS. (BUCHANAN B) Provides that a state employee may affirmatively elect to enroll in the deferred compensation plan prior to the auto enroll date on day 31 of the state employee's employment. Removes a provision that sets a maximum employer surcharge for the legislators' defined benefit plan, state excise police, gaming agent, gaming control officer, and conservation enforcement officers' retirement plan, public employees' retirement fund, and Indiana state teachers' retirement fund (fund). Requires the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system (board) to develop the technological and administrative capabilities sufficient to categorize fund members into separate groups in which: (1) certain members receive a service based thirteenth check; and (2) certain members receive a cost of living adjustment. Requires the board to set the surcharge rates at a level to actuarially prefund: (1) annual indexed thirteenth checks for all current retired members and beneficiaries retired before July 1, 2025; and (2) 1% annual cost of living adjustments to future in-payment members and beneficiaries retired on or after July 1, 2025. Provides that the board shall not reduce the surcharge rates from the prior year. Allows the board to increase the surcharge rates by not more than 0.1% of payroll from the prior year. Requires certain political subdivisions to present to the interim study committee on pension management oversight regarding a delinquent employee retirement plan offered by the political subdivision. Requires, effective July 1, 2025, the trustee of the state police pension trust to maintain a supplemental allowance reserve account for the purpose of paying postretirement benefit adjustments. Increases the maximum date that a member or participant of certain retirement funds can participate in the deferred retirement option plan from 36 to 60 months. Requires the member or participant to notify their employer if the member or participant elects to enter or extend the deferred retirement option plan.
 Current Status:   2/19/2024 - added as cosponsor Representative Cash
 Recent Status:   2/15/2024 - Referred to House Ways and Means
2/15/2024 - Committee Report do pass, adopted
 
SB295INDIANA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. (BUCHANAN B) Provides for appointment to the board of the Indiana economic development corporation (IEDC) of two nonvoting, advisory members who are members of the general assembly. Requires the IEDC, before purchasing land in a county that exceeds 100 acres, to first give notice to the county or municipality, or both, in which the land is located not later than 30 days before the closing date for the purchase. Provides that a school corporation that receives a transfer of incremental property tax revenue from a local innovation development district fund may use those funds with no restrictions or specified uses.
 Current Status:   2/12/2024 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   2/12/2024 - First Reading
2/1/2024 - added as coauthor Senator Ford J.D
 
SB297ADMINISTRATIVE RULES. (GARTEN C) Requires an agency to conduct a regulatory analysis for certain proposed rules, including if the implementation and compliance costs are at least $1,000,000. Requires the office of management and budget to notify the legislative council of certain proposed rules that have a fiscal impact of over $1,000,000 over the course of two years. Provides that certain proposed rules shall not be effective until the general assembly passes a bill authorizing the rule.
 Current Status:   2/13/2024 - added as cosponsor Representative Bartels
 Recent Status:   2/12/2024 - Referred to House Judiciary
2/12/2024 - First Reading
 
actionTRACK - HANNAH NEWS SERVICE - MIDWEST, LLC.