Prepared by: Terry Spradlin
Report created on January 16, 2022
 
HB1001ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY; COVID-19 IMMUNIZATIONS. (LEHMAN M) Allows the secretary of family and social services (secretary) to issue a waiver of human services statutory provisions and administrative rules if the secretary determines that the waiver is necessary to claim certain enhanced federal matching funds available to the Medicaid program. Allows the secretary to issue an emergency declaration for purposes of participating in specified authorized federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) emergency allotments. Requires the secretary to prepare and submit any waivers or emergency declarations to the budget committee. Allows the state health commissioner of the state department of health or the commissioner's designated public health authority to issue standing orders, prescriptions, or protocols to administer or dispense certain immunizations for individuals who are at least five years old (current law limits the age for the commissioner's issuance of standing orders, prescriptions, and protocols for individuals who are at least 11 years old). Defines "Indiana governmental entity" and specifies that an Indiana governmental entity (current law refers to a state or local unit) may not issue or require an immunization passport. Establishes certain requirements for the temporary licensure of retired or inactive emergency medical services personnel, retired or inactive health care professionals, out-of-state health care professionals, or recently graduated students who have applied for a physician assistant, nurse, respiratory care practitioner, or pharmacist license. Allows a health care provider or an officer, agent, or employee of a health care provider who has a temporary license to qualify for coverage under the Medical Malpractice Act. Provides that an individual is not disqualified from unemployment benefits if the individual has complied with the requirements for seeking an exemption from an employer's COVID-19 immunization requirement and was discharged from employment for failing or refusing to receive an immunization against COVID-19. Provides that an employer may not impose a requirement that employees receive an immunization against COVID-19 unless the employer provides individual exemptions that allow an employee to opt out of the requirement on the basis of medical reasons, religious reasons, an agreement to submit to testing for the presence of COVID-19, or immunity from COVID-19 acquired from a prior infection with COVID-19. Provides that an employer may not take an adverse employment action against an employee because the employee has requested or used an exemption from an employer's COVID-19 immunization requirement.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - House Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Amendment #29 (Goodrich) prevailed; Roll Call 14: yeas 65, nays 23
1/13/2022 - Amendment #14 (Nisly) failed; Roll Call 13: yeas 5, nays 83
 
HB1002VARIOUS TAX MATTERS. (BROWN T) Repeals a provision that would require the budget agency to transfer the amount of combined excess reserves that exceed $2,500,000,000 in the calendar year 2022 to the pre-1996 account of the Indiana state teachers' retirement fund. Amends provisions that provide for an automatic taxpayer refund if sufficient excess reserves are available to: (1) clarify the tax return filing requirement for a refund; (2) require that refunds be distributed before May 1 of the calendar year immediately following the year in which a determination is made that the state has excess reserves; (3) remove provisions that require a taxpayer to have adjusted gross income tax liability in order to qualify for the refund; and (4) remove provisions that require the refund to be made in the form of a refundable tax credit. Provides that the minimum valuation limitation applicable to the total amount of a taxpayer's assessable depreciable personal property in a taxing district is 30% of the adjusted cost of the depreciable personal property purchased before January 2, 2022. Provides an exemption from the 30% minimum valuation limitation for new depreciable personal property purchased after January 1, 2022. Requires the department of local government finance to develop or amend forms for property taxation of assessable depreciable personal property. Repeals the utility receipts and utility services use taxes. Provides a state income tax credit for property taxes paid on certain business personal property. Specifies a formula for determining the amount of the credit. Removes the double direct test currently applied in production sales tax exemptions. Phases down the individual adjusted gross income tax rate from 3.23% in 2022 to 3% in 2026 and thereafter. Allows a taxpayer to elect a special property tax valuation method for mini-mill equipment. Requires a utility that is subject to the jurisdiction of the Indiana utility regulatory commission (IURC) for the approval of rates and charges to file a rate adjustment with the IURC that adjusts the utility's rates and charges to reflect the repeal of the utility receipts tax. Requires a utility that is: (1) subject to the utility receipts tax; and (2) not under the jurisdiction of the IURC; to adjust the utility's rates and charges to reflect the repeal of the utility receipts tax. Requires each utility to provide notice to the utility's customers that the adjustment in rates and charges reflects the repeal of the utility receipts tax. Specifies definitions for the income tax credit for property taxes paid on certain business personal property. Specifies how certain taxpayers claim the tax credit. Specifies taxpayer procedure for the repeal of the utility receipts and utility services use tax. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - House Bills on Second Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted
1/12/2022 - House Committee recommends passage, as amended Yeas: 15; Nays: 7;
 
HB1016PILOT PROGRAM TO FUND EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT. (BARTLETT J) Establishes the parent education assistance pilot program (pilot program). Provides that the office of the secretary of family and social services shall administer the pilot program. Specifies the requirements an individual must satisfy to be eligible to participate in the pilot program. Provides requirements for maintaining participation in the pilot program. Specifies the amount of an eligible individual's grant under the pilot program. Establishes the parent education assistance pilot program fund (fund) for the purpose of funding the pilot program. Provides that the office of the secretary administers the fund.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Family, Children and Human Affairs
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By John Bartlett
 
HB1023CHILD SERVICES FUNDING. (THOMPSON J) Requires the department of child services (department) to annually review the hourly and per diem reimbursement rates for community based providers compared to the average statewide cost of providing services. Requires the department to establish individualized compensation rates for child caring institutions, group homes, and child placing agencies that are based on the cost of providing care and services. Requires the department to increase the hourly family preservation rates by 15%.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Jeffrey Thompson
 
HB1034TAX INCREMENT FINANCING. (TORR J) Provides that a lien resulting from an agreement between a commission and a taxpayer in an allocation area takes priority over any existing or subsequent mortgage, other lien, or other encumbrance on the property, and must have parity with a state property tax lien under IC 6-1.1-22-13.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - House Ways and Means, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Rm. 404
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - House Ways and Means, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:00 PM, Rm. 404
1/4/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 
HB1040EDUCATION MATTERS. (PRESCOTT J) Defines "qualified school". Provides that a school corporation or qualified school is prohibited from subjecting any student to, or making available, disseminating, or providing to any student, any obscene matter or performance or certain matters or performances harmful to minors. Provides that each school corporation or qualified school shall provide for all students in grades 6 through 12 as part of required recitation concerning the system of government in Indiana and in the United States, instruction that socialism, Marxism, communism, totalitarianism, or similar political systems are incompatible with and in conflict with the principles of freedom upon which the United States was founded. Provides that a school corporation or qualified school may not provide instruction that socialism, Marxism, totalitarianism, or similar political systems are compatible with the principles of freedom upon which the United States was founded. Provides that a parent of a student or an emancipated student who attends a school corporation or qualified school may opt out of a face mask or face covering requirement. Requires the department of education (department) to develop a notice form that may be used by a parent or an emancipated student to indicate that the parent or emancipated student opts out of the face mask or face covering requirement. Provides that the governor, a state agency, a local health board or local health officer, or a school corporation or qualified school may not require a student of a school corporation or qualified school to quarantine against COVID-19 or other communicable disease if the student is asymptomatic. Provides that the governor, a state agency, a local health board or local health officer, or a school corporation or qualified school may not require, as a condition for employment, enrollment, attendance, or participation in a school corporation or qualified school or in a school extracurricular activity, a student to be immunized against COVID-19 or other communicable disease. Provides that, after December 31, 2020, the list of communicable diseases that require documentation of immunity for a student may be expanded or modified only by an act of the general assembly. Establishes certain consent requirements regarding students. Provides that, if the attorney general determines that a school corporation or qualified school: (1) discloses a student education record, or any information in a student education record; or (2) has a student who is less than 18 years of age and is not emancipated participate in any medical inspection, medical treatment, mental health assessment, mental health service, psychiatric or psychological examination or test, or psychiatric or psychological treatment without the informed written consent of the student's parent; the attorney general may assess a civil penalty against the school corporation, charter school, or laboratory school. Provides that the parent of a student or protected right petitioner may bring a civil action for certain violations. Defines "protected right violations". Defines "protected right petitioner". Establishes procedures for a protected right petitioner to file a complaint form alleging a protected right violation occurred within a school corporation or qualified school. Provides that a protected right petitioner may appeal a school corporation's or qualified school's findings to the department. Requires the department to appoint an administrative law judge to adjudicate appeals. Requires the department to issue a final order. Requires the attorney general or the attorney general's designee to review a school corporation's or qualified school's findings or the department's final order. Provides that the attorney general may assess civil penalties if the attorney general determines a protected right violation occurred. Provides that a school corporation or qualified school may not take retaliatory action against a protected right petitioner or an individual related to or associated with the protected right petitioner. Provides that, if a school corporation or qualified school uses a third party vendor in providing a personal analysis, evaluation, or survey that reveals or attempts to affect a student's attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings, the third party vendor and the school corporation or public school may not collect or maintain the responses to or results of the analysis, evaluation, or survey in a manner that would identify the responses or results of an individual student. Provides that the consent requirements for certain student personal analysis, evaluations, or surveys apply even if the analysis, evaluation, or survey is directly related to academic instruction. Requires, not later than June 30, 2022, and not later than June 30 each year thereafter, each qualified school to post on the qualified school's Internet web site, in a manner that is accessible by the public, certain information regarding learning materials and educational activities. Requires the department to develop and post on the department's Internet web site a model plan for presenting the learning material or educational activity information. Makes changes to information that must be included on a school corporation's annual performance report. Makes changes to information that must be included on a school's longitudinal dashboard. Reconciles versions of IC 10-21-1-2 that were enacted by the 2019 general assembly. Repeals provisions requiring the department to develop the children's social, emotional, and behavioral health plan. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Jeter, Davis, Morrison
 
HB1041PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL SPORTS. (DAVIS M) Requires, for purposes of interscholastic athletic events, school corporations, public schools, nonpublic schools, state educational institutions, private postsecondary educational institutions, and certain athletic associations to expressly designate an athletic team or sport as one of the following: (1) A male, men's, or boys' team or sport. (2) A female, women's, or girls' team or sport. (3) A coeducational or mixed team or sport. Prohibits a male, based on the student's biological sex at birth in accordance with the student's genetics and reproductive biology, from participating on an athletic team or sport designated as being a female, women's, or girls' athletic team or sport. Requires school corporations, public schools, certain nonpublic schools, state educational institutions, certain private postsecondary educational institutions, and certain athletic associations to establish grievance procedures for a violation of these provisions. Establishes a civil action for a violation of these provisions. Provides that school corporations, public schools, certain nonpublic schools, state educational institutions, certain private postsecondary educational institutions, and certain athletic associations are not subject to liability in a civil, administrative, disciplinary, or criminal action for acting in compliance with these provisions.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Jeter, King, Heaton
 
HB1042VARIOUS SCHOOL BOARD MATTERS. (THOMPSON J) Provides that the primary voting history of each candidate for school board office for the two most recent primary elections must be indicated on the ballot and if a candidate did not vote in the most recent primary elections, that fact must also be stated. Provides a procedure to adjust the term of office of certain elected members of the governing body of a school corporation. Increases the maximum annual salary of a school board member from $2,000 per year to $5,000 per year. Requires the state board of education to establish a maximum per diem rate for meetings of members of the governing bodies of school corporations, including Indianapolis Public Schools. Removes a provision that provides that, if a governing body is totally comprised of appointed members, the appointive authority must approve the per diem rate before the governing body may make payments to the members. Requires the governing body of each school corporation to file with the department of education (department) a copy of the school corporation's organization plan and all amendments to the organization plan. Requires the department to publish each school corporation's organization plan on the department's Internet web site. Requires a school employer that is seeking to hire a prospective employee to contact the school employer that previously employed (or is currently employing) the prospective employee and request certain information. Requires a school employer that receives a request for certain employment information to comply with that request within 10 days. Provides that a school employer who receives a request for information must provide the prospective employee, upon request, with a copy of any information that is sent to the requesting school employer.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Jeffrey Thompson
 
HB1045529 COLLEGE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. (HEINE D) Increases the maximum amount of the annual credit against adjusted gross income to which a taxpayer is entitled for a contribution to a college choice 529 education savings plan. Provides that a taxpayer shall be deemed to have made a contribution to a college choice 529 education savings plan on the last day of the preceding taxable year if the contribution is made not later than the time prescribed by law for filing the return for such taxable year (not including extensions).
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - House Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Second reading ordered engrossed
1/13/2022 - Amendment #2 (Porter) ruled out of order
 
HB1047SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION. (ERRINGTON S) Prohibits the state board of education from distributing human immunodeficiency virus literature to students without the consent of the governing body of the school corporation the students attend. Requires instruction in state accredited schools on human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases to be based on information that is medically and scientifically accurate and age appropriate. Lists the criteria that instruction on human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases must meet.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate sponsor: Senator Leising
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Education
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
HB1050FAIR AND OPEN COMPETITION FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS. (TORR J) Provides that a public agency may not do any of the following: (1) Impose by rule, ordinance, or other action, or in the bid specifications or contract documents for a public works project, a requirement inconsistent with, in addition to, or more stringent or restrictive than certain statutory prequalifications or any other requirement of an applicable public works statute. (2) Award a public works contract to a contractor under a contract award standard other than the contract award standard of the applicable public works statute. (3) Require a potential bidder on a public works project to provide any information other than the applicable financial information required by the prequalification statutes or as prescribed by the state board of accounts under the applicable public works statute. (4) By rule, ordinance, or any other action relating to contracts for public works projects, create or impose any prequalification processes that are additional to or inconsistent with those established by the prequalification statute or impose any requirements that directly or indirectly restrict potential bidders or proposers to any predetermined class of bidders defined by labor affiliation or membership or minimum training requirements inconsistent with, or more restrictive than, those required by certain public works statutes. (5) Take certain actions based on a bidder's, offeror's, or contractor's entering into, refusing to enter into, adhering to, or refusing to adhere to an agreement with a labor organization.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Miller D
 
HB1052VOUCHER PAYMENTS TO CHILD CARE PROVIDERS. (GUTWEIN D) Requires the division of family resources of the office of the secretary of family and social services (division) to ensure that, to the extent not inconsistent with federal law, the method used by the division to determine the local market rate for purposes of establishing the division's reimbursement schedule for voucher payments to child care providers under the federal Child Care and Development Fund program does not result in a variation in reimbursement rates among geographic areas that does not reasonably reflect the variation in cost of living among the geographic areas.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Family, Children and Human Affairs
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Bartels
 
HB1065CULTURAL AWARENESS AND COMPETENCE TRAINING. (SHACKLEFORD R) Provides that the state health data center (center) shall maintain statistics concerning race and ethnicity, sex, primary language, and disability status. (Under current law, the center is required to maintain statistics concerning gender and ethnicity.) Requires the center to adopt and implement the data collection standards established by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Provides that a health care professional and a community health worker must complete two hours of cultural awareness and competence training every two years. Establishes certain requirements for the training. Provides that the state department of health may grant an exemption from the training requirements under certain circumstances.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Public Health
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Robin Shackleford
 
HB1067CHILD CARE. (SHACKLEFORD R) Requires the division of family services to continue waiving copays for eligible families and reimburse eligible providers using funds allocated under the federal CRRSAA and CCDF until the federal pandemic emergency ends. Urges the legislative council to assign to the interim study committee on public health, behavioral health, and human services a study concerning matters related to child care in Indiana. Requires the committee to report to the legislative council by September 30, 2022.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Family, Children and Human Affairs
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Robin Shackleford
 
HB1072SCHOOL REFERENDUM LEVIES. (BEHNING R) Provides that a school corporation must distribute a portion of revenue received from a school operating referendum tax levy or school safety referendum levy to each charter school in which students who reside within the attendance area of the school corporation attend. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - House Ways and Means, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Rm. 404
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - added as coauthor Representative Teshka J
1/4/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 
HB1080PUBLIC MEETINGS. (ABBOTT D) Provides that a member of a governing body may participate but may not vote in a meeting of the governing body by electronic communication if the governing body is attempting to take certain final actions. Restricts the circumstances in which the governing body of a state or local public agency may hold a virtual meeting during a declared disaster emergency without any of the governing body members physically present. Requires a governing body, with certain exceptions, to do the following: (1) Post an agenda at the meeting site that has each agenda item clearly specified. (2) Provide a meeting attendee with a reasonable opportunity to speak regarding an agenda item. (3) Limit all official action to the agenda items. Provides that a meeting that violates these requirements may result in a court action to: (1) void a final action, policy, or decision based upon official action taken at the meeting; or (2) assess civil penalties against the officer or employee responsible for the violation.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Government and Regulatory Reform
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Cook
 
HB1082PROPERTY TAX RATES. (THOMPSON J) Phases down the minimum valuation floor for depreciable personal property in a taxing district from 30% to 15% over a five year period beginning with the 2023 assessment date. Provides that, notwithstanding any increase in assessed value of property from the previous assessment date, the total amount of operating referendum tax that may be levied by a school corporation for taxes first due and payable in 2022 may not increase by more than 5% over the maximum operating referendum tax that could be levied by the school corporation in the previous year. Specifies that the statute requiring the adjustment of certain property tax rates does not apply to a local airport authority's cumulative building fund tax rate. Specifies that a political subdivision may increase the tax rate for its cumulative building fund without complying with procedures under the cumulative fund statute. Requires a political subdivision to give notice of the proposed increase and hold a public hearing on the proposal before increasing the tax rate. Makes technical corrections.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Jeffrey Thompson
 
HB1083TAX AND FISCAL MATTERS. (THOMPSON J) Provides that beginning in 2024, a maximum levy growth quotient is determined individually for each civil taxing unit. Provides that the maximum levy growth quotient for a civil taxing unit is determined by a formula that is based on: (1) the average growth in the taxing unit's net assessed value; and (2) the average circuit breaker losses experienced by a civil taxing unit. Eliminates Indiana nonfarm personal income as a factor in computing a maximum levy growth quotient for a civil taxing unit. Modifies the threshold amounts used for determining whether a school's or political subdivision's project is a controlled project and whether the petition and remonstrance process or the referendum process applies. Adds back the following deductions in calculating the basis for taxation of property for purposes of a referendum tax levy: (1) The homestead standard deduction. (2) The supplemental homestead deduction. (3) The mortgage deduction. Extends the state sales tax to all services beginning January 1, 2024, except for: (1) educational services; and (2) health care services. Defines "service" as any activity engaged in for another person, if the person purchases the service as the end user of the service for consideration. Specifies that the term does not include a service rendered by an employee. Excludes the wholesale sale of services that are performed by a business and rendered to another business for the use or consumption in the production of tangible personal property or the delivery of other services that are for sale (business to business transactions). Decreases the state sales and use tax rate from 7% to 6%. Extends current sales tax exemptions for various types of tangible personal property to include services. Decreases the individual adjusted gross income tax rate from 3.23% to 3% beginning January 1, 2024. Eliminates the imposition of local income tax (LIT) on individuals who maintain a principal place of business or employment in a county with a LIT but do not reside in the county. Establishes, beginning in 2024, a new allocation factor and distribution formula for LIT expenditure rate revenue for civil taxing units that is based on the taxing unit's residential assessed value. Eliminates provisions that provide for a distribution of LIT expenditure rate revenue to schools and civil taxing units in counties that imposed a rate under the prior county adjusted gross income tax (CAGIT). Increases, beginning in 2024, the maximum LIT expenditure rate for a county, other than Marion County, from 2.5% in current law to 3%. Expires the authority to impose a property tax relief rate under the LIT. Provides that an ordinance adopted to impose a LIT property tax relief rate shall expire on December 31, 2023. Provides that, in order to continue to impose an expenditure tax rate after 2023, each county must adopt a new ordinance in 2023 (before October 1, 2023) to impose the rate. Provides that, for counties that fail to adopt an ordinance to renew an existing expenditure tax rate in 2023, the expenditure tax rate for the county in 2024 shall be the greater of: (1) zero; or (2) the minimum tax rate necessary for existing debt service. Specifies that this does not prevent the county from renewing, imposing, or modifying an expenditure tax rate in subsequent years. Authorizes a city or town to impose a municipal LIT rate beginning in 2024. Provides that the municipal tax rate may not exceed: (1) the remainder of: (A) 3%; minus (B) the expenditure tax rate imposed by the county; or (2) 3%, if the municipality is in a county that does not impose an expenditure tax rate. Allows a municipality to use tax revenue from a municipal LIT for any of the purposes of the municipality. Eliminates local income tax councils beginning July 1, 2023, and instead provides that the county fiscal body is the adopting body in all counties for purposes of the LIT. Provides that, after December 31, 2023, a civil taxing unit may not pledge LIT revenue to the payment of new bonds or to new lease payments. Establishes the school operations fund (fund). Requires the auditor of state, beginning after December 31, 2023, to transfer to the fund the distribution amounts of: (1) the financial institutions tax; (2) the commercial vehicle excise tax; and (3) the motor vehicle excise tax; that would otherwise be distributed to school corporations. Caps the operations fund maximum levy for school corporations and ensures that each school receives a specified amount of funding by providing for a distribution from the fund, if needed, to achieve the targeted funding amount. Includes property taxes imposed by a school corporation for its operations fund under the provisions that apply to the allocation of protected taxes to a fund. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation may not adopt a resolution to: (1) place a referendum on the ballot for an operating referendum tax levy; or (2) extend an operating referendum tax levy; that would impose a property tax rate for an assessment date after December 31, 2023 (does not affect a resolution adopted before January 1, 2024, or an operating referendum tax levy approved or extended before January 1, 2024). Authorizes the fiscal body of certain small cities and towns to adopt a resolution to place an operating referendum tax levy on the ballot. Requires the money received from the levy to be deposited in an operating referendum tax levy fund to be used to pay the general operating, administrative, or capital expenses of the city or town. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Jeffrey Thompson
 
HB1093EDUCATION MATTERS. (BEHNING R) Amends the membership and duties of the early learning advisory committee. Makes changes to the definition of "school resource officer". Provides that, after June 30, 2023, if a school corporation or charter school enters into a contract for a school resource officer, certain school corporations or charter schools must enter into a memorandum of understanding with the law enforcement agency that employs or appointed the law enforcement officer who will perform the duties of a school resource officer. Provides that certain parties are prohibited from incentivizing the enrollment, reenrollment, or continued attendance of a student or prospective student by offering or giving an item that has monetary value. Requires the Indiana charter school board (board) to appoint an executive director to carry out the duties and daily operations of the board. Establishes the executive director's duties. Provides that the board shall establish certain processes. Establishes the Indiana charter school board fund and provides that money in the fund is appropriated continuously for purposes of the board. Provides that the department of education (department) may grant an accomplished practitioner's license under certain conditions. Provides that the instructional days tuition support distribution formula account for certain schools within a school corporation. Authorizes the department to study and, if recommended, use machine scoring. Changes the department's review period for certain funds. Repeals a provision concerning staffing of the board. Provides that the state board of education shall assign to a school or school corporation (including adult high schools) a "null" or "no letter grade" for the 2021-2022 school year.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - House Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - added as coauthor Representative Klinker
1/13/2022 - Second reading amended, ordered engrossed
 
HB1094CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. (TESHKA J) Provides that not later than December 31, 2022, the department of education (department) shall enter into an agreement under which a company or entity will provide adequate employer liability and worker's compensation insurance coverage for students enrolled in a work based learning course. Provides that the department of workforce development shall designate certain career and technical education programs as youth apprenticeship programs. Makes changes to the career and technical education enrollment grant program. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate sponsors: Senators Rogers and Raatz
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 15: yeas 88, nays 0
1/13/2022 - added as coauthor Representative Ellington
 
HB1097MATERIAL HARMFUL TO MINORS. (JETER C) Removes the defense to prosecution for dissemination of matter or conducting a performance harmful to minors that the matter was disseminated or displayed to or that the performance was performed before the recipient by a bona fide school, museum, or public library that qualifies for certain property tax exemptions, or by an employee of such a school, museum, or public library acting within the scope of the employee's employment.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Courts and Criminal Code
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Chris Jeter
 
HB1098REDUCTION OF EDUCATIONAL COSTS. (O'BRIEN T) Provides that certain eligible applicants for higher education cost exemptions are entitled to a 100% reduction in educational costs.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Bartels
 
HB1101PUBLICATION OF PUBLIC NOTICES. (CLERE E) Effective July 1, 2022: (1) Allows a notice to be published in either a locality newspaper or a regular newspaper. (2) If no locality newspaper or a regular newspaper is published in a county, requires publication in a locality newspaper or regular newspaper published in an adjoining county having a general circulation within the county placing the notice. (3) Prohibits an indigent person from being charged a fee that is greater than the governmental rate for publishing a notice. Effective January 1, 2023: (1) Changes the basic rate for publishing notices. (2) Allows for an increase January 1 of any year of the basic charges for the previous year for publishing notices by not more than the inflation rate. (3) Establishes a limit on the amount charged for publishing notices regarding estate administrations, sheriff's foreclosure sales, redemption of property, and service of summons by publication. Effective July 1, 2027: (1) Requires a notice to be published: (A) in an eligible publication; (B) on a statewide notice web site; and (C) if the notice is required by a court order, rule, or statute and is part of a court proceeding, on the Indiana supreme court web site. (2) Repeals statutes defining newspapers and other publications and publication of subsequent notices on the official web site of the political subdivision. Provides that not later than July 1, 2027, the office of technology may enter into memoranda of understanding with state agencies and an organization representing a majority of Indiana newspapers to operate a statewide notice web site. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Government and Regulatory Reform
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Karickhoff, Engleman, DeLaney
 
HB1107VARIOUS EDUCATION MATTERS. (CLERE E) Amends the limits on the amount of compensation that may be paid to a member of a governing body of a school corporation for the member's service. Provides that a public agency shall not require, as part of a resolution of a due process hearing or a dispute relating to the provision of special education services to a particular student, that a parent of a student or an emancipated student enter into a nondisclosure, nondisparagement, or confidentiality agreement or clause. Provides that, for purposes of a special education due process hearing, a public agency shall have the burden of proof, including the burden of persuasion and production, of the: (1) appropriateness of the child's program or placement; or (2) program or placement proposed by a public agency. Provides that in the event that a case conference committee discusses the appointment of a guardian for the student upon completion of high school, the case conference committee shall also include a discussion of alternative options or programs for the student in lieu of the appointment of a guardian. Provides that the treasurer of state shall convene an advisory council known as the Indiana education scholarship account program advisory council (advisory council) comprised of experts in special education and advocacy organizations for students receiving special education services. Provides that the advisory council shall provide advice and feedback to the treasurer on how to improve the program's administrative materials, technology, and communications. Makes changes to the categories used to determine special education grants. Requires the department of education (department) to establish and maintain on the department's Internet web site a public data base of information concerning employees of each public school who were physically injured while on the job by students of the public school. Requires each public school to provide information concerning an employee of the public school who was physically injured while on the job by a student of the public school. Requires: (1) teacher preparation programs to include content within the curriculum regarding; and (2) certain teacher training to include training on; conflict deescalation techniques and conflict prevention and intervention strategies. Provides that each school corporation and charter school that receives or has received funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER funds) shall prioritize the use of any ESSER funds the school corporation or charter school, after June 30, 2022, has or receives to fund a program that addresses out of school factors that affect student learning by providing support services or assistance to students or connecting students with support services or assistance. Requires the commission for higher education (commission) to establish an education and career support services pilot program (pilot program). Establishes the education and career support services pilot program fund. Provides that: (1) a state educational institution may apply to the commission for participation in the pilot program; (2) the commission shall select three state educational institution campuses to participate in the pilot program; and (3) a state educational institution participating in the pilot program may only use the education and career support services pilot program grant for certain purposes, including awarding education partnership grants to eligible adult students. Requires the following: (1) Not later than July 1, 2024, and not later than July 1 each year thereafter, each participating state educational institution submit a report to the commission that includes certain information and recommendations regarding the pilot program. (2) Not later than November 1, 2024, and not later than November 1 each year thereafter, the commission prepare and submit a report to the governor and legislative council that includes certain information and recommendations regarding the pilot program. Requires the commission, in cooperation with Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, and the family and social services administration's office of early and out-of-school learning, to conduct a study regarding provision of child care services on the campuses of Indiana community colleges. Requires the commission to submit a report regarding the study not later than October 15, 2022, to specified standing committees of the general assembly and to the governor's workforce cabinet.
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - House Education, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 8:30 AM, House Chamber
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Education
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
HB1118HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY PILOT PROGRAM. (DAVIS M) Adds Elwood Community School Corporation, Anderson Community Schools, Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation, Center Grove Community School Corporation, and Greenwood Community School Corporation to the school corporations that are part of the high school equivalency pilot program. Changes the expiration date of the program from June 30, 2024, to June 30, 2025. Makes conforming changes and a technical correction.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Austin
 
HB1119INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR RECENT GRADUATES. (O'BRIEN T) Provides an adjusted gross income tax deduction for Indiana residents who obtain: (1) a bachelor or an associate degree from a postsecondary educational institution; or (2) a certificate from a high value workforce certificate program, as determined by the commission for higher education (commission); in taxable years immediately following the taxable year in which the individual obtained the degree or certificate. Provides that a qualified individual is entitled to the tax deduction in each of the first two or four taxable years, depending on the type of degree or certificate obtained, that begin immediately following the taxable year in which the qualified individual completed the applicable educational program. Provides that the tax deduction for a particular qualified year is equal to the lesser of: (1) the amount of the individual's Indiana adjusted gross income; or (2) $50,000. Requires the commission to, in part, determine and certify an individual's eligibility for the tax deduction.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By O'brien, Tim
 
HB1120DESIGN OF GOVERNMENT FORMS. (O'BRIEN T) Provides that the Indiana archives and records administration shall establish standards for the design and redesign of all forms used by state government.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Government and Regulatory Reform
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By O'brien, Tim
 
HB1125CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FUNDING. (PORTER G) Provides that the state board of finance may transfer, assign, or reassign any appropriation to the office of the secretary of family and social services for the scholarship program established to provide assistance to families for before school and after school care or early childhood education known as the Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Program.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Gregory Porter
 
HB1130PUBLIC COMMENT AT MEETINGS. (O'BRIEN T) Requires a governing body of a state or local public agency (governing body) to allow members of the public to provide oral public comment at a public meeting. Allows a governing body to permit oral public comment at a public meeting that is conducted electronically during a state or local disaster emergency.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - added as coauthor Representative Davis M
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Authored By O'brien, Tim
 
HB1134EDUCATION MATTERS. (COOK A) Defines a "qualified school". Requires each qualified school to post certain educational activities and curricular materials on the school's Internet web site. Provides that public records that are available on a qualified school's Internet web site shall be excepted from public record requests for individuals that have access to the school's Internet web site at the discretion of the qualified school. Requires the school corporation or qualified school to add functionality that allows parents of students in the school corporation to opt in to or opt out of certain educational activities and curricular materials under certain conditions. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation shall create a curricular materials advisory committee (committee) comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. Requires the committee to submit recommendations regarding curricular materials and educational activities to the governing body of a school corporation. Provides parameters for the composition of the committee, the appointment of committee members, and the appointment of a committee chairperson. Provides that the committee shall meet a certain number of times annually. Provides that a state agency, state educational institution, school corporation, or qualified school or an employee of the state agency, state educational institution, school corporation, or qualified school acting in an official capacity may not promote certain concepts as part of a course of instruction or in a curriculum or direct or otherwise compel a school employee or student to adhere to certain tenets relating to the individual's sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation. Provides that a state agency, school corporation, qualified school, or state educational institution or an employee of the state agency, school corporation, qualified school, or state educational institution acting in an official capacity may not require an employee of the school corporation, qualified school, or state educational institution to engage in training, orientation, or therapy that presents any form of racial or sex stereotyping or blame on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation. Provides that a student shall not be required to participate in a personal analysis, an evaluation, or a survey that reveals or attempts to affect the student's attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings without parental consent. Provides that, if a school corporation or qualified school uses a third party vendor in providing a personal analysis, evaluation, or survey that reveals, identifies, collects, maintains or attempts to affect a student's attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings, the third party vendor and the school corporation or qualified school may not collect or maintain the responses to or results of the analysis, evaluation, or survey in a manner that would identify the responses or results of an individual student. Provides, with certain exceptions, that before a school corporation or qualified school may provide or administer certain mental, social-emotional, or psychological services to a student, the school must provide the parent of the student or the student, if the student is an adult or an emancipated minor, with a written request for consent to provide or administer certain mental, social-emotional, or psychological services. Makes changes to the definition of "sexually explicit" for the purpose of trade regulation. Removes schools and certain public libraries from the list of entities eligible for a specified defense to criminal prosecutions alleging: (1) the dissemination of material harmful to minors; or (2) a performance harmful to minors. Adds colleges and universities to the entities eligible for a specified defense to criminal prosecutions alleging: (1) the dissemination of material harmful to minors; or (2) a performance harmful to minors.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - House Bills on Second Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted
1/12/2022 - House Committee recommends passage, as amended Yeas: 8; Nays: 5
 
HB1145SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS. (MORRISON A) Requires candidates for school board offices to be nominated in the same manner as candidates for all other elected offices are nominated. Repeals the current statute relating to nomination of candidates for school board offices. Repeals other superseded statutes. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Elections and Apportionment
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Morris
 
HB1150AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT IN SCHOOL ZONES. (JOHNSON B) Authorizes a county, city, or town to adopt and enforce an ordinance that regulates the placement and use of automated traffic enforcement safety devices (devices) to detect certain traffic offenses (offenses) in school zones. Provides civil penalties for offenses and violations. Specifies that the civil penalty must be applied first to defray the cost of the installation, operation, and maintenance of the devices, and specifies the manner in which the remaining funds are distributed. Prohibits the: (1) reporting of offenses and violations on a driving record; (2) use of offenses and violations to determine rates for motor vehicle insurance; and (3) assessment of points under the point system by the bureau of motor vehicles (bureau) for offenses and violations. Requires notification to the bureau if offenses and violations have not been paid timely. Requires the bureau to suspend the registration of a vehicle when the offenses and violations have not been paid. Makes other changes and conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - House Roads and Transportation, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 8:30 AM, Rm. 156-B
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Roads and Transportation
1/6/2022 - First Reading
 
HB1162PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE PROGRAM. (CAMPBELL C) Requires the department of workforce development (department) to establish a paid family and medical leave program to provide payments for employees who take family and medical leave. Establishes the family and medical leave fund to be funded with appropriations from the general assembly and payroll contributions. Specifies requirements for administration of the paid family and medical leave program. Provides for the department to approve an employer's use of a private plan to meet the paid family and medical leave program obligations.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Boy
 
HB1177PROHIBITION OF RACE DISCRIMINATION BASED ON HAIR. (SUMMERS V) Prohibits race discrimination based on traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Vanessa Summers
 
HB1178IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING. (SUMMERS V) Provides that after December 31, 2023, a hospital that provides inpatient maternity services and a birthing center shall implement an evidence based implicit bias training program for all health care providers who regularly provide perinatal treatment and care to pregnant women at the hospital or birthing center. Requires the health care providers to complete the training one time every two years. Provides that after December 31, 2023, a practitioner must complete implicit bias training before renewal of a license in a health care profession. Provides an exemption for a license issued by the board of veterinary medical examiners. Provides that a practitioner is not required to complete implicit bias training more than one time every two years unless specified by the board that regulates the practitioner. Requires the board to approve and publish on its Internet web site organizations approved to offer the implicit bias training to a practitioner. Allows the board to grant the practitioner a hardship waiver from the training requirement. Provides that taking implicit bias training satisfies the requirements for both training at a hospital or birthing center and the license renewal requirements.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Public Health
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Vanessa Summers
 
HB1182SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS. (PRESCOTT J) Provides that for school board offices, each candidate's affiliation with a political party or status as an independent candidate must be stated on the ballot.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - House Elections and Apportionment, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 8:30 AM, Rm. 156-C
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Elections and Apportionment
1/6/2022 - First Reading
 
HB1187GARY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS. (BROWN T) Establishes procedures to appoint members to the governing body of the Gary Community School Corporation. Establishes procedures for transferring responsibility of financial and academic matters from the emergency manager to the governing body. Provides that the Gary Community School Corporation is not subject to collective bargaining. Removes obsolete provisions and makes conforming amendments. Provides that, before October 31, 2024, and before each October 31 thereafter, the governing body must submit a report to the distressed unit appeal board summarizing the financial position and operations of the school corporation for the previous state fiscal year. Repeals provisions relating to the election of advisory board members for the Gary Community School Corporation.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Thompson
 
HB1189YOUTH EMPLOYMENT. (KING J) Specifies that certain state laws concerning the employment of minors do not prevent an employer from employing a minor who is at least 14 years of age as a farm laborer during school hours on a school day if particular requirements are met, including the submission of a statement from the minor's parent stating that the minor has withdrawn from school after completing grade 8 due to the parent's deeply held religious belief.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Joanna King
 
HB1191CHILD EXPLOITATION AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. (KARICKHOFF M) Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally produces, disseminates, or possesses with intent to disseminate an image that depicts or describes sexual conduct: (1) by a child who the person knows is less than 18 years of age; (2) by a child who appears to be less than 18 years of age and the representation of the image is obscene; or (3) that is a representation of a child who appears to be less than 18 years of age and the representation of the image is obscene; commits the offense of child exploitation. Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally receives, possesses, or accesses with intent to view an image that depicts or describes sexual conduct: (1) by a child who the person knows is less than 18 years of age; (2) by a child who appears to be less than 18 years of age and the representation of the image is obscene; or (3) that is a representation of a child who appears to be less than 18 years of age and the representation of the image is obscene; commits the offense of possession of child pornography. Specifies that it is not a required element of the offense of child exploitation or possession of child pornography that the child depicted actually exists under certain circumstances. Defines "image". Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - House Bills on Second Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Committee Report do pass, adopted
1/12/2022 - House Committee recommends passage Yeas: 9; Nays: 0
 
HB1192QUALIFIED PROVIDERS AND MEDICAID SCHOOL SERVICES. (KARICKHOFF M) Defines "qualified provider" and "school based nurse" for purposes of providing Medicaid covered services in a school setting. Specifies conditions that must be met in order for the school based Medicaid services to be provided.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Public Health
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Michael Karickhoff
 
HB1204SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION. (LAUER R) Provides that the governing body of a school corporation must minimize or eliminate school bus route stops that require a student to cross certain roads. Provides that, not later than July 1, 2023, and annually each year thereafter, the governing body of a school corporation shall review school bus routes to ensure the minimization or elimination of stops that require a student to cross certain roads.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Ryan Lauer
 
HB1218EDUCATION MATTERS. (LUCAS J) Provides that any statute or rule establishing requirements regarding teacher salary, evaluations, or curriculum or any other requirement regarding the employment of teachers other than teacher licensing requirements is, as applicable, repealed or voided. Requires the legislative services agency to prepare legislation for introduction in the 2023 regular session of the general assembly to make appropriate amendments to the Indiana Code necessary to conform with this provision. Amends the definition of "eligible student" for purposes of eligibility under the Indiana education scholarship account program.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Payne and Prescott
 
HB1223EDUCATION MATTERS. (DAVISSON J) Requires that the Indiana family friendly school designation program of the department of education (department) establish a procedure under which the department must conduct an assessment for the purpose of evaluating and improving parent involvement in the school if the parents of at least 10% of the students currently included in the average daily membership (ADM) at a particular school request an assessment. Requires that the department determine the manner in which requests may be submitted. Provides that, in the event that the parents of two or more schools within a school corporation submit a request for an assessment, the department shall conduct an assessment of each school within the school corporation. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation by resolution has the power to pay each member of the governing body a reasonable amount for service as a member. (Current law provides that the governing body of a school corporation by resolution has the power to pay each member of the governing body a reasonable amount for service as a member not to exceed $2,000.)
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Cook, Clere, DeLaney
 
HB1227SEX OFFENDER EMPLOYMENT RESTRICTIONS. (LINDAUER S) Provides that an offender against children who knowingly or intentionally: (1) obtains employment within 1,000 feet of school property, not including property of an institution providing postsecondary education, a youth program center, a public park, or a licensed day care center; (2) obtains employment within one mile of the residence of the victim of the offender's sex offense; or (3) obtains employment where a child care provider provides child care services; commits a Level 6 felony. Defines "employment". Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Courts and Criminal Code
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Shane Lindauer
 
HB1228EDUCATION MATTERS. (LINDAUER S) Provides that a teacher, administrator, or other employee of a school corporation or charter school shall not require or make part of a course certain concepts related to race or sex. Provides that a student enrolled at a state educational institution shall not be required to engage in any form of mandatory gender or sexual diversity training or counseling. Provides that any orientation or requirement that presents any form of race or sex stereotyping or a bias on the basis of race or sex is prohibited. Provides that a student shall not be required to participate in a personal analysis, an evaluation, or a survey that is established or administered by: (1) a school corporation; (2) a school; (3) the department of education (department); or (4) a third party vendor of a school corporation, a school, or the department; without the prior consent of the student if the student is an adult or an emancipated minor or the prior written consent of the student's parent if the student is an unemancipated minor. (Current law provides that a student shall not be required to participate in a personal analysis, an evaluation, or a survey that is not directly related to academic instruction and that reveals or attempts to affect the student's attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings concerning certain matters without the prior consent of the student if the student is an adult or an emancipated minor or the prior written consent of the student's parent if the student is an unemancipated minor.) Establishes certain requirements for a personal analysis, evaluation, or survey collected by or shared with a third party vendor.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Shane Lindauer
 
HB1231EDUCATION MATTERS. (JACOB J) Defines "applicable school". Provides that a state agency, school corporation, or applicable school, or an employee of the state agency, school corporation, or applicable school acting in an official capacity, may not direct or otherwise compel students or a school employee to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to certain tenets relating to the individual's sex or race. Provides that a state agency, school corporation, or applicable school, or an employee of the state agency, school corporation, or applicable school acting in an official capacity, may not require an employee of the state agency, school corporation, or applicable school to engage in training, orientation, or therapy that presents any form of racial or sex stereotyping or blame on the basis of sex or race. Requires each school corporation or applicable school to adopt a policy to allow a taxpayer to observe classroom instruction at any time requested by the taxpayer. Requires, not later than July 30, 2022, and not later than June 30 each year thereafter, each applicable school to post on the applicable school's Internet web site, in a manner that is accessible by the public, certain information regarding learning materials and educational activities. Requires the department of education (department) to develop and post on the department's Internet web site a model plan for presenting the learning material or educational activity information. Establishes procedures for a petitioner to file a complaint form alleging certain violations occurred within a school corporation or applicable school. Provides that a petitioner may appeal a school corporation's or applicable school's findings to the department. Requires the department to appoint an administrative law judge to adjudicate appeals. Requires the department to issue a final order. Requires the attorney general or the attorney general's designee to review a school corporation's or applicable school's findings or the department's final order. Provides that the attorney general may assess civil penalties if the attorney general determines a violation occurred. Provides that a school corporation or applicable school may not take retaliatory action against a petitioner or an individual related to or associated with the petitioner. Repeals provisions requiring the department to develop the children's social, emotional, and behavioral health plan. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Nisly and Borders
 
HB1237PROPERTY TAXATION. (CHERRY R) Allows a total tax rate levied upon the formation of a fire protection territory established after December 31, 2022, to be implemented over a number of years, not exceeding five, and subject to review and approval by the department of local government finance. Provides that the maximum permissible ad valorem property tax levy that would otherwise apply to a participating unit does not apply to property taxes imposed by the participating unit to meet obligations to the fire protection territory over the period of years in which a total tax rate is implemented. Provides that a participating unit's proceeds of property taxes imposed to meet the participating unit's obligations to a fire protection territory are exempt from areas needing redevelopment, redevelopment project areas, urban renewal project areas, economic development areas, or economic development districts established after December 31, 2021. Provides that incremental revenues may be used by a redevelopment commission to pay operating costs, in whole or in part, of: (1) a unit's law enforcement agency; (2) a unit's fire department, including a fire protection district established under IC 36-8-11 or a fire protection territory established under IC 36-8-19; and (3) emergency medical services operated or maintained by a unit; that serve the allocation area. Provides that incremental revenues shared by a redevelopment commission with a school corporation for an education or worker program may also be used by the school corporation to pay operating costs of the school corporation.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Thompson
 
HB1240SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS. (GOODRICH C) Requires candidates for school board offices to be nominated in the same manner as candidates for all other elected offices are nominated, beginning after 2022. Provides that for school board offices elected in 2022, the political affiliation of each candidate, or the candidate's statement that the candidate is an independent candidate, must be stated on the ballot. Provides that the current statute relating to nomination of candidates for school board offices expires on January 1, 2023. Repeals other superseded statutes. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Elections and Apportionment
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Prescott, Behning, Wesco
 
HB1251VARIOUS EDUCATION MATTERS. (BEHNING R) Requires the department of education (department) to apply to the United States Department of Education to establish and operate an innovative assessment system. Requires the department to: (1) prepare a report that includes information and recommendations regarding establishing and implementing a parent-teacher compact program; and (2) submit the report to the legislative council not later than November 1, 2022. Provides that the state board of education (state board) shall, in consultation with postsecondary educational institutions and various businesses and industries, identify what skills or traits students need to be successful upon completion of high school. Requires the state board to make findings relating to academic standards needed to meet the skills or traits identified by the state board. Requires the department to: (1) develop academic standards that incorporate the findings of the state board; and (2) reduce or consolidate the total amount of all academic standards for each grade level by an amount equal to not less than 75% of the number of academic standards in effect on January 1, 2022. Provides that: (1) the governing body of a school corporation may issue an adjunct teacher permit to an individual who meets certain requirements; and (2) if a governing body of a school corporation issues an adjunct teacher permit to an individual, the school corporation may enter into an employment agreement with the individual as a part-time or full-time teacher of the school corporation. Establishes requirements for adjunct teacher employment agreements. Provides that these employment agreements are not subject to certain requirements regarding teacher salaries and school corporation local compensation plans. Provides that: (1) an adjunct teacher is not a school employee for purposes of collective bargaining; and (2) an employment agreement with an adjunct teacher is not subject to a collective bargaining agreement. Provides that it is not an unfair labor practice for a school corporation to enter into an employment agreement with an adjunct teacher. Requires the department to establish an online adjunct teacher portal on the department's Internet web site that allows: (1) a school corporation to post a vacant adjunct teacher position; and (2) an individual to submit certain information or inquiries regarding the position. Amends the definition of "primary use of the building" for certain applicable high schools to mean, in part, an occupancy classification most closely related to the intended use of the building upon construction. Amends the definition of "appropriate vehicle". Provides that a special purpose bus or an appropriate vehicle may be used to transport students under certain circumstances. Provides that the state board may adopt emergency rules relating to school accreditation. Provides that the driver of a special purpose bus or an appropriate vehicle must pass an expanded criminal history check and an expanded child protection index check.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Robert Behning
 
HB1252EDUCATION ENRICHMENT ACCOUNTS. (BEHNING R) Defines an "enrichment student" as an individual who: (1) has legal settlement in Indiana; (2) was a student in grades 3 through 8 during the 2021-2022 school year; and (3) scored either "below proficiency" or "approaching proficiency" on the statewide assessment Indiana Learning Evaluation Readiness Network (ILEARN) program, administered during the 2021-2022 school year. Establishes the Indiana student enrichment grant program (program). Provides that an enrichment student is eligible to establish an Indiana enrichment scholarship account. Provides that an enrichment student may receive $1,000 to be used for certain qualified expenses. Establishes the student enrichment grant fund. Provides that the department of education shall administer the program and student enrichment grant fund.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - added as coauthor Representative Harris
 Recent Status:   1/12/2022 - added as coauthors Representatives Clere and Goodrich
1/12/2022 - House Education, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 8:30 AM, House Chamber
 
HB1260DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE. (LEONARD D) Provides that a county assessor shall provide electronic access to property record cards on the county's official Internet web site. Provides that the authority of a property tax assessment board of appeals (county board) is not limited to review the ongoing eligibility of a property for an exemption. Defines the term "taxpayer" for purposes of the procedures for review and appeal of assessments and corrections of errors. Provides that in an appeal, an assessment as last determined by an assessing official or the county board is presumed to equal a property's true tax value until rebutted by evidence presented by the parties. Provides that a county auditor shall submit a certified statement to the department of local government finance (DLGF) not later than September 1 in a manner prescribed by the DLGF. Specifies certain dates with regard to the adjustment of maximum tax rates after a reassessment or annual adjustment. For reports filed by county boards with the DLGF, changes the requirement for the total number of "notices" to be filed to the total number of "appeals" to be filed. Requires additional information to be filed in such reports. Provides that the term "tax representative" does not include an attorney who is a member in good standing of the Indiana bar or any person who is a member in good standing of any other state bar and who has been granted temporary admission to the Indiana bar in order to represent a party before the property tax assessment board of appeals or the DLGF. Provides that the DLGF may not review certain written complaints if such a complaint is related to a matter that is under appeal. Provides that for certain airport development zones and allocation areas established after June 30, 2024, "residential property" refers to the assessed value of property that is allocated to the 1% homestead land and improvement categories in the county tax and billing software system, along with the residential assessed value as defined for purposes of calculating the rate for the local income tax property tax relief credit designated for residential property. Provides formulas for school corporations that propose to impose property taxes under a referendum tax levy. Provides that the property tax rate imposed under the provision for the public safety officers survivors' health coverage cumulative fund is exempt from the adjustment of maximum tax rates after reassessment or annual adjustment. Removes the sunset provision on the $1 pro bono legal service fee. Repeals various property tax provisions.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - added as coauthor Representative Heine
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - House Ways and Means, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Rm. 404
1/10/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 
HB1265PROHIBITING BULLYING IN SCHOOLS. (SMITH V) Requires the governing body of a school corporation to: (1) require a school corporation to prioritize the safety of a targeted student of an act of bullying; (2) require a school corporation to report an act of bullying to the parents of a targeted student within three business days and the parents of an alleged perpetrator within five business days after the incident is reported; (3) require a school corporation to approve the transfer of a targeted student of an act of bullying to another school in the school corporation; and (4) allow certain parents to review audiovisual materials that contain graphic sexual or violent content used in a bullying prevention or suicide prevention program.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Vernon Smith
 
HB1266GARY COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION DEBT. (SMITH V) Appropriates from the state general fund the amount needed to pay advances made to the Gary Community School Corporation from the common school fund that are outstanding as of June 30, 2022, regardless of the due dates for the payments.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Vernon Smith
 
HB1269PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS. (CARBAUGH M) Provides that certain public works statutes do not apply in the context of design-build public construction. Provides that a contractor that employs 10 or more employees on a design-build public works project must provide its employees access to a training program applicable to the tasks to be performed in the normal course of the employee's employment with the contractor on the public project. Provides that a tier 1 or tier 2 contractor that employs 50 or more journeymen must participate in an apprenticeship or training program that meets certain standards. Provides that a public agency awarding a contract for a construction manager as constructor project may not take certain actions based on a bidder's, offeror's, or contractor's entering into, refusing to enter into, adhering to, or refusing to adhere to an agreement with a labor organization.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Torr
 
HB1289INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR DONATIONS. (HAMILTON C) Provides for an adjusted gross income tax credit for donations to a public school foundation. Provides that the maximum individual taxpayer credit is $2,000 in the case of a single return and $4,000 in the case of a joint return. Provides that the maximum corporate taxpayer credit is the greater of 10% of the corporation's total adjusted gross income tax liability or $10,000. Makes the credit refundable.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Carey Hamilton
 
HB1290VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETINGS DURING DISASTER EMERGENCY. (LAUER R) Restricts the circumstances in which the governing body of a state or local public agency may hold a virtual meeting during a declared disaster emergency without any of the governing body members physically present.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to House Government and Regulatory Reform
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Ryan Lauer
 
HB1305SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS. (MILLER D) Requires candidates for school board offices to be nominated in the same manner as candidates for all other elected offices are nominated, beginning with the 2022 primary election. Adjusts the deadlines and other details for a candidate for a school board office to file a declaration of candidacy to accommodate the date of the 2022 primary election. Repeals the current statute relating to nomination of candidates for school board offices. Provides that a superintendent hired by a school corporation must hold: (1) a master's degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution; or (2) a bachelor's degree in business administration. Requires the state board of education to adopt rules to implement this provision. Repeals other superseded statutes. Makes conforming changes. Changes population parameters to reflect the population count determined under the 2020 decennial census.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Elections and Apportionment
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Doug Miller
 
HB1310VIRTUAL STUDENT INSTRUCTIONAL DAYS. (COOK A) Establishes: (1) a definition for "virtual student instructional day"; and (2) requirements for virtual student instructional days. Provides that a public school may conduct not more than three virtual student instructional days that do not meet the established requirements. Provides that a public school that does not comply with these provisions may not count a student instructional day towards the 180 day student instructional day requirement. Allows the department of education to waive these requirements.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Anthony Cook
 
HB1313SCREENING CHILDREN FOR LEAD POISONING. (BARRETT B) Requires the state department of health to establish guidance and standards for health care providers for screening children in Indiana for lead poisoning from January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2026. Requires a health care provider who provides health care services to a child who is less than six years of age to take certain actions concerning a blood lead screening test from January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2026. Specifies that a parent or guardian is not required to have their child receive a blood lead screening test.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Public Health
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Brad Barrett
 
HB1316SCHOOL CHOICE. (PAYNE Z) Expands the Indiana education scholarship account program to include any individual who: (1) has legal settlement in Indiana; and (2) is at least five years of age and less than 22 years of age on August 1 of the school year in which the student applies for participation in the program. Makes changes to the definition of a "qualified school". Makes conforming amendments. Repeals provisions that: (1) require the treasurer of state to determine, based on the amount of funds available for the program, the number of grants that the treasurer of state will award under the program; and (2) require a qualified school that is a participating entity to administer the statewide assessment. Makes a continuing appropriation.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Jeter, Nisly, Jacob
 
HB1318CHILD CARE PROVIDED BY A SCHOOL CORPORATION. (SNOW C) Allows a child care program that: (1) is operated by a public or private school; and (2) provides day care on the school premises for children of students or employees of schools in the school corporation in which the public or private school is located; to be exempted from licensure as a child care facility. Provides that: (1) a preschool program that is operated by a public or private school; and (2) either or both: (A) a child care program that is located in the public or private secondary school and provides child care for children of employees or students of the public or private secondary school; and (B) a latch key program; are exempt from licensure as child care facilities if located in the same public or private school building.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Family, Children and Human Affairs
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Craig Snow
 
HB1320PURCHASES FROM YOUTH AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS. (SNOW C) Raises the total amount of food that a public school or school corporation (purchasing agency) may purchase from a youth agricultural education program to $10,000 per fiscal year. Specifies that if a purchasing agency purchases more than $10,000 of food from a youth agricultural educational program per fiscal year, the purchasing agency must comply with the applicable federal procurement requirements.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Local Government
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Craig Snow
 
HB1324JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AND DETENTION. (PRYOR C) Provides that a child less than 12 years of age may be prosecuted for juvenile delinquency only for commission of certain, specified offenses. Provides that a child who is less than 12 years of age may not be held in a juvenile detention facility, unless: (1) the child is at least 10 years of age and less than 12 years of age; and (2) the court finds that: (A) there is probable cause to believe the child committed an act that would be murder if committed by an adult; and (B) it is in the best interests of the child or the community that a petition be filed alleging that the child is a delinquent child. Requires a court that orders a child at least 10 years of age and less than 12 years of age to be detained in a juvenile facility to make specified written findings and conclusions.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Courts and Criminal Code
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Cherrish Pryor
 
HB1325PROPERTY TAX RELIEF. (PRYOR C) Permits counties, cities, and towns (including Marion County) to establish a neighborhood enhancement property tax relief program (program) to provide an assessed value deduction for longtime owner-occupants of homesteads having an assessed value of not more than $200,000 in certain designated areas. Authorizes the redevelopment commission (or the metropolitan development commission in the case of Marion County) to identify the areas for purposes of the program based on specified conditions. Requires the county auditor to notify each owner of property that qualifies for a deduction under a program and provide the owner with an application for the deduction. Requires an owner of property that qualifies for a deduction to apply to the county auditor to receive the deduction. Provides a penalty for wrongly receiving the deduction that is the same as the penalty for wrongly receiving the homestead standard deduction.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Cherrish Pryor
 
HB1357LOCAL INCOME TAXES. (PORTER G) Decreases the account balance threshold that triggers a supplemental distribution of local income tax to a county from the county's trust account from 15% to 10%.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Gregory Porter
 
HB1361TANF AND CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY. (GOODRICH C) Provides, for purposes of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF), that a TANF assistance group that has qualified for and is receiving assistance under TANF does not cease to qualify for assistance under TANF due solely to an increase in the value of the resources of the TANF assistance group so long as the resources of the TANF assistance group are valued at not more than $10,000. Provides that: (1) the value of a child's primary residence; and (2) $20,000 of total equity value in motor vehicles belonging to members of a child's family; are exempt from consideration for purposes of determining the child's eligibility for TANF. Provides that up to $15,000 in income earned by a household member while the household member is a student participating in or pursuing: (1) the household member's first postsecondary degree; (2) a workforce certificate; (3) a preapprenticeship; or (4) an apprenticeship; may not be considered in determining the amount of assistance for which the household is eligible under the Child Care and Development Fund voucher program.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Family, Children and Human Affairs
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Behning, Prescott, Pryor
 
HB1362EDUCATION MATTERS. (GOODRICH C) Provides that a school corporation or charter school may not do the following: (1) Make available to a student who is enrolled in kindergarten through grade 5 any inappropriate sexual material. (2) Make available to a student who is enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 any sexually explicit material. Provides that, if a school corporation or public school uses a third party vendor in providing a personal analysis, evaluation, or survey that reveals or attempts to affect a student's attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings, the third party vendor and the school corporation or public school may not collect or maintain the responses to or results of the analysis, evaluation, or survey in a manner that would identify the responses or results of an individual student. Provides that the consent requirements for certain student personal analysis, evaluations, or surveys apply even if the analysis, evaluation, or survey is directly related to academic instruction. Requires, not later than June 30, 2022, and not later than June 30 each year thereafter, each public school to post on the public school's Internet web site, in a manner that is accessible by the public, certain information regarding learning materials and educational activities. Requires the department of education (department) to develop and post on the department's Internet web site a model plan for presenting the learning material or educational activity information. Requires the governing body of a school corporation to: (1) create a learning materials advisory committee (committee) comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, and community members; and (2) establish and implement educational activities and curricular materials review, discussion, and recommendation procedures for the committee. Requires the department to post on the department's Internet web site certain materials that assist staff in developing cultural competency for use in providing professional development programs. Provides that: (1) a state agency, a school corporation, or a qualified school or an employee of the state agency, school corporation, or qualified school shall not direct or otherwise compel a school employee to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to; (2) a state agency, school corporation, or qualified school shall not include or promote concepts as part of a course of instruction or in a curriculum or instructional program, or allow teachers or other employees to use supplemental instruction materials that include or promote; or (3) teacher preparation programs shall not include or promote as part of a course of instruction or in a curriculum or instruction program, or allow faculty or other employees to use supplemental instructional materials that include or promote; certain tenets or concepts regarding sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation or any anti-American ideologies. Prohibits requiring an employee of a school corporation or qualified school to engage in training that presents certain stereotyping or blame. Provides a duty to ensure that students are free to express their own beliefs and viewpoints if engaged in certain activities. Establishes a complaint process and allows for certain civil actions for violations.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Behning and Prescott
 
HB1375PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS. (KLINKER S) Provides that a school corporation may provide a teacher with a salary increase if the teacher exceeds the required professional growth experience points necessary to renew a teaching license. Provides that the salary increase is subject to collective bargaining.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Sheila Klinker
 
HB1377EDUCATION FUNDING. (KLINKER S) Provides that school corporations with an average daily membership that is not more than 2,000 students on the fall count date in a school year may receive a supplemental distribution for small school corporations.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Sheila Klinker
 
HB1378PRESCHOOL AND CHILD CARE FACILITY DRINKING WATER. (JACKSON C) Requires the person or entity having authority over a child care facility or preschool to test the drinking water in the child care facility or preschool before January 1, 2025, to determine whether lead is present in the drinking water in a concentration equal to or exceeding 15 parts per billion. Excepts a child care facility or preschool from this testing requirement if its drinking water: (1) was tested through the Lead Sampling Program for Schools and Child Care Facilities conducted by the Indiana finance authority in 2019 and 2020; or (2) has otherwise been tested for lead at least once after 2017. Provides that, if testing indicates that lead in the drinking water of a child care facility or preschool equals or exceeds 15 parts per billion, the person or entity having authority over the child care facility or preschool is required to take action to reduce the concentration of lead to below 15 parts per billion.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to House Environmental Affairs
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Aylesworth and Bauer M
 
HB1385BROADCAST RIGHTS IN SCHOOL SPORTS. (DAVIS M) Provides, for purposes of a regular season school athletic event, that the school corporation of the visiting team may broadcast its own coverage of the athletic event regardless of any athletic association rule or policy to the contrary, if: (1) the school corporation has entered into an agreement with a media organization to broadcast the visiting team's games; or (2) as part of a school curricular program, the school corporation regularly broadcasts the visiting team's home games.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - First Reading
1/13/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Cook
 
HB1386PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS. (GIAQUINTA P) Repeals the provision that requires the county surveyor to make a survey of certain land, if an assessor and a landowner fail to agree on the amount of land included in assessments involving rights-of-way, levees, and public drainage ditches. Provides that a survey must be done if an assessor and a landowner fail to agree on the amount of land in those circumstances, and: (1) requires the landowner to provide written notice of the disagreement to the assessor; (2) requires the survey to be completed within six months from the date of the landowner's notice; (3) allows the landowner to elect to choose the surveyor to conduct the survey (if the landowner does not choose a surveyor, the county surveyor is required to conduct the survey); and (4) specifies the party who is required to pay for the survey. Provides that the attorney general, upon written request of a county assessor, may authorize the chief administrative officer of the office of judicial administration to hire private counsel to represent the county assessor: (1) in a judicial review initiated by the county assessor for review of a final determination of the Indiana board of tax review regarding the assessment or exemption of tangible property; and (2) in a judicial review seeking relief from the tax court to establish that the Indiana board of tax review rendered a decision that was: (A) an abuse of discretion; (B) arbitrary and capricious; (C) contrary to substantial or reliable evidence; or (D) contrary to law (the office of the attorney general may not represent the assessor in these actions under current law).
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - First Reading
1/13/2022 - Authored By Philip GiaQuinta
 
HB1389VARIOUS EDUCATION MATTERS. (JUDY C) Defines a "qualified school". Provides that a student shall not be required to participate in a personal analysis, an evaluation, or a survey that is established or administered by: (1) a school corporation; (2) a school; (3) the department of education (department); or (4) a third party vendor of a school corporation, a school, or the department; without the prior consent of the student if the student is an adult or an emancipated minor or the prior written consent of the student's parent if the student is an unemancipated minor. (Current law provides that a student shall not be required to participate in a personal analysis, an evaluation, or a survey that is not directly related to academic instruction and that reveals or attempts to affect the student's attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings concerning certain matters without the prior consent of the student if the student is an adult or an emancipated minor or the prior written consent of the student's parent if the student is an unemancipated minor.) Provides that a state agency, state educational institution, school corporation, or qualified school, or an employee of the state agency, state educational institution, school corporation, or qualified school acting in an official capacity, may not include or promote certain concepts as part of a course of instruction or in a curriculum or direct or otherwise compel a school employee or student to adhere to certain tenets relating to the individual's sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation. Defines an "operator". Establishes online privacy protection requirements to protect the disclosure of certain information of a student of a school corporation or qualified school by an operator. Provides that a student shall not be required to participate in a personal analysis, evaluation, or survey that reveals or attempts to affect the student's attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings without parental consent. Provides that before a school corporation or qualified school may provide or administer school psychology services to a student, the school must provide the parent of the student or the student, if the student is an adult or an emancipated minor, with a written request for consent to provide or administer school psychology services. Establishes procedures for a petitioner to file a complaint form alleging that certain violations occurred within a school corporation or applicable school. Provides that a petitioner may appeal a school corporation's or applicable school's findings to the department. Requires the department to appoint an administrative law judge to adjudicate appeals. Requires the department to issue a final order. Requires the attorney general or the attorney general's designee to review a school corporation's or applicable school's findings or the department's final order. Provides that the attorney general may assess civil penalties if the attorney general determines a violation occurred. Provides that a school corporation or applicable school may not take retaliatory action against a petitioner or an individual related to or associated with the petitioner.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Referred to House Education
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - First Reading
1/13/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Goodrich and Morris
 
HB1409GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. (SMALTZ B) Provides that a governmental body may not enter into a contract with a person for the purchase of supplies or services unless the contract contains a written verification from the person that the person: (1) does not have a practice, policy, guidance, or directive that discriminates against a firearm entity or a firearm trade association; and (2) will not discriminate during the term of the contract against a firearm entity or a firearm trade association. Applies this requirement to public works contracts and to contracts relating to investment of public funds.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - added as coauthors Representatives Pressel and Lucas
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Referred to House Government and Regulatory Reform
1/13/2022 - First Reading
 
SB2VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION AND TUITION SUPPORT. (RAATZ J) Provides that, in determining whether at least 50% of the instructional services that a student receives from a school corporation is virtual instruction for purposes of the 2021 fall count of average daily membership (ADM), the department of education (department) shall review the attendance of each student on each school day from the school corporation's first day of school until the school corporation's last day of school of the 2021 fall semester. Makes an exception regarding the school days the department reviews for students who transferred to or from a school corporation during the 2021 fall semester. Provides that, if a school corporation's tuition support amount is adjusted as a result of the application of this provision, the department shall, after December 31, 2021, settle any overpayment or underpayment of state tuition support to a school corporation resulting from the adjustment of tuition support on the schedule determined by the department.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Committee recommends passage Yeas: 11; Nays: 0;
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Appropriations, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Rm. 431
1/11/2022 - added as coauthors Senators Donato, Leising, Buchanan, Qaddoura
 
SB4LOCAL WORKFORCE RECRUITING AND RETENTION. (HOLDMAN T) Authorizes a local unit (county, municipality, town, township, or school corporation) to establish a workforce retention and recruitment program (program) and fund (fund) for the purposes of recruiting and retaining individuals who will satisfy the current and future workforce needs of the unit's employers or provide substantial economic impact to the unit, including providing incentives in the form of grants or loans to qualified workers. Defines "qualified worker" for purposes of the program. Requires a qualified worker who receives a grant or loan from the fund to enter into an incentive agreement. Authorizes the unit to transfer money into the fund from other sources. Provides that the executive of the unit shall administer the fund in coordination with a workforce fund board of managers (workforce fund managers) appointed by the executive of the unit. Requires the workforce fund managers to annually submit a report setting out their activities during the preceding calendar year to the executive of the unit, the fiscal body of the unit, and the department of local government finance. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 9:30 AM, Rm. 431
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy
1/6/2022 - First Reading
 
SB17MATERIAL HARMFUL TO MINORS. (TOMES J) Removes schools and certain public libraries from the list of entities eligible for a specified defense to criminal prosecutions alleging: (1) the dissemination of material harmful to minors; or (2) a performance harmful to minors. Adds colleges and universities to the list of entities eligible for a specified defense to criminal prosecutions alleging: (1) the dissemination of material harmful to minors; or (2) a performance harmful to minors.
 Current Status:   1/19/2022 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:30 PM, Senate Chamber
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - added as coauthors Senators Leising, Doriot, Garten, Baldwin, Kruse, Niemeyer
1/4/2022 - added as third author Senator Young M
 
SB22TAX CREDIT FOR TEACHERS' CLASSROOM SUPPLIES. (RANDOLPH L) Increases the maximum amount of the income tax credit for an individual employed as a teacher for amounts expended for classroom supplies from $100 to $500 per taxable year.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Lonnie Randolph
 
SB28PROHIBITION OF FIREARMS AT POLLING PLACES. (RANDOLPH L) Prohibits a person from carrying a firearm in, on, or near: (1) a chute; (2) polls; (3) areas where voters congregate or are likely to congregate; or (4) any room where ballots are being counted. Provides that the offense is a Class C misdemeanor. Enhances the offense to a: (1) Class A misdemeanor if the person has a prior unrelated conviction for the offense; or (2) Level 6 felony if the person points the firearm at another person. Specifies: (1) a defense; and (2) certain notice requirements. Prohibits certain other defenses. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Corrections and Criminal Law
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Lonnie Randolph
 
SB30WORKPLACE IMMUNIZATION. (KRUSE D) Prohibits an employer from requiring, as a condition of employment, an employee or prospective employee to receive any immunization if the immunization would pose a significant risk to the employee's or prospective employee's health or if receiving the immunization is against the employee's religious beliefs or conscience. Allows for a civil action against an employer for a violation.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Tomes
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - added as second author Senator Raatz
1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Health and Provider Services
 
SB31WORKPLACE COVID-19 IMMUNIZATION. (KRUSE D) Prohibits an employer from requiring, as a condition of employment, an employee or prospective employee to receive an immunization against COVID-19 if the immunization would pose a significant risk to the employee's or prospective employee's health or if receiving the immunization is against the employee's religious beliefs. Allows for a civil action against an employer for a violation.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Tomes
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - added as second author Senator Raatz
1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Health and Provider Services
 
SB63EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY. (FORD J) Extends certain antidiscrimination educational rights statutes to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By J.D. Ford
 
SB74PREFERENCES IN PUBLIC WORKS AND PUBLIC PURCHASING. (BOOTS P) Provides that a manufacturing business, defined as a business that processes raw materials or parts into finished goods, is not a small business if it employs more than 100 persons or if its annual sales for its most recently completed fiscal year exceed $4,000,000. Provides that any state agency that purchases goods, supplies, or services for the state must report by October 1 of each year to the budget committee the amount of Indiana business and Indiana small business preferences granted in the agency's procurement of goods, supplies, or services for the state.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Committee recommends passage Yeas: 9; Nays: 0
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Commerce and Technology, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Rm. 130
1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Commerce and Technology
 
SB81SCHOOL CURRICULUM. (LEISING J) Requires each school corporation, charter school, and state accredited nonpublic elementary school to include cursive writing in its curriculum.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Jean Leising
 
SB82FAFSA REQUIREMENT. (LEISING J) Requires all students, except for students at certain nonpublic schools, in their senior year to complete and submit the FAFSA unless: (1) a parent of a student or a student, if the student is an emancipated minor, signs a waiver that the student understands what the FAFSA is and declines to complete it; or (2) the principal or school counselor of the student's high school waives the requirement due to extenuating circumstances. Requires that the: (1) model notice prepared by the commission for higher education; and (2) notice that each school corporation is required to send regarding the FAFSA; include information regarding the requirements and exceptions for completing the FAFSA.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Jean Leising
 
SB83MEETINGS OF SCHOOL BOARDS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS. (LEISING J) Requires the governing body of a school corporation or charter school (governing body) to allow public comment at meetings. Allows a governing body to conduct an electronic meeting (other than an executive session) only in the following circumstances: (1) The charter school or school within the school corporation is closed because of an outbreak of communicable disease not more than five days before the meeting. (2) The school or schools have not reopened for in-person classroom instruction. (3) Public comment is allowed during the meeting. (Current law allows a governing body to conduct an electronic meeting if: (1) at least 50% of the members are physically present; or (2) a state or local disaster emergency is declared.)
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Jean Leising
 
SB84SUICIDE AND DRUG OVERDOSE DEATH REPORTING. (LEISING J) Provides that the state department of health (department) shall annually prepare a report concerning all suicide and overdose fatalities in Indiana that occurred during the preceding calendar year. Requires the report to include: (1) the number of fatalities that occurred in each county; (2) the number of fatalities that occurred during each month; (3) the age, sex, and race of each fatality victim; and (4) the method of suicide or overdose, including the type of weapon used. Provides that the first report must also include information from the 2020 calendar year. Requires the department to submit the report and an executive summary of the report to the general assembly and the governor.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - added as third author Senator Charbonneau
1/12/2022 - added as second author Senator Becker
 
SB89HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS. (ROGERS L) Provides that the commission's annual schedule of awards must provide award amounts on the basis of a federal needs calculation. Amends language concerning teacher stipends to teacher scholarships. Provides that the total amount of scholarships or other financial aid received by an individual may not exceed certain total expenses.
 Current Status:   1/19/2022 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:30 PM, Senate Chamber
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
SB91ACCREDITATION OF TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS. (ROGERS L) Allows a teacher preparation program to report the program's admission practices, in accordance with the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) standards, for teacher preparation programs accredited by the AAQEP. Requires the department of education to approve at least two accreditors that: (1) accredit teacher preparation programs; and (2) are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; to accredit teacher preparation programs for use in Indiana.
 Current Status:   1/19/2022 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:30 PM, Senate Chamber
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - added as coauthors Senators Kruse and Leising
1/12/2022 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 2:00 PM, Senate Chamber
 
SB92SCHOOL BUS STOPS. (BOHACEK M) Provides that a person driving a vehicle who approaches a stationary school bus displaying alternately flashing amber lights must take certain actions to yield the right of way. Provides that under certain conditions, including the display of alternately flashing amber lights, a school bus driver may load or unload students without extending the school bus stop arm.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Transportation
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Mike Bohacek
 
SB93SCHOOL CORPORATION DISANNEXATION. (BOHACEK M) Establishes a process to disannex a township from an existing school corporation and annex the township to an adjacent school corporation.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Mike Bohacek
 
SB113INDIANA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. (RAATZ J) Amends the membership of the state board of education.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - added as second author Senator Kruse
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
SB114VACCINE STATUS DISCRIMINATION. (TOMES J) Provides that certain acts by a person or a government entity concerning an individual's vaccination status or whether an individual has an immunity passport are against public policy. Provides that the Indiana department of labor may investigate and issue administrative orders for violations or threatened violations. Establishes a separate private right of action for violations or threatened violations.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - added as second author Senator Kruse
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Health and Provider Services
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
SB115SCHOOL EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT. (FREEMAN A) Provides that a policy adopted by a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school with at least one employee addressing expanded criminal history background checks or expanded child protection index checks (background checks) must prohibit the hiring or continuing employment of a person who has been convicted of an offense requiring license revocation, unless the conviction has been reversed, vacated, or set aside on appeal. (Current law provides that such a policy addressing background checks must prohibit the hiring of a person who has been convicted of an offense requiring license revocation, unless the conviction has been reversed, vacated, or set aside on appeal.) Provides that an entity: (A) with which a school corporation or charter school contracts for services; and (B) that has employees who are likely to have direct, ongoing contact with children within the scope of the employees' employment; shall use information obtained from the background checks concerning an individual's conviction for certain offenses as grounds to not employ, continue employment, or contract with the individual. Provides that, in the event that an entity obtains information that an individual employed by the entity who works at a particular school corporation or charter school has been convicted of certain offenses, the entity shall immediately notify the school corporation or charter school of the employee's conviction. Makes changes to the list of offenses for which the department of education shall permanently revoke a teacher's license. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - added as third author Senator Crider
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - added as second author Senator Houchin
1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 
SB118MONTESSORI PROGRAM DAY CARE LICENSURE EXEMPTION. (RAATZ J) Provides that an educational program that is validated as a Montessori program by the United Montessori Schools of Indiana is exempt from licensure as a day care center.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - added as second author Senator Kruse
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
SB121SCHOOL BUS STOP ARM VIOLATION ENFORCEMENT. (NIEMEYER R) Provides that a registered owner of a motor vehicle commits an infraction if the owner's vehicle is used to violate the school bus stop arm law. Provides a defense for a registered owner who provides certain information to law enforcement and fully cooperates with law enforcement, if: (1) the vehicle was stolen; (2) the registered owner routinely engages in the business of renting the vehicle; or (3) the registered owner provided the vehicle for the use of an employee. Specifies that: (1) the bureau of motor vehicles may not assess points for the infraction; and (2) an adjudication for the infraction does not create a presumption of liability in a civil action.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Transportation
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Rick Niemeyer
 
SB123DYSLEXIA SCREENING AND INTERVENTION. (FREEMAN A) Provides that the dyslexia screening and intervention provisions apply to: (1) qualified districts or qualified high schools; and (2) innovation network schools. Provides that the following may not waive or suspend the dyslexia screening and intervention provisions: (1) A coalition of continuous improvement school districts. (2) State accredited schools. Requires state accredited nonpublic schools to comply with the dyslexia screening and intervention provisions. Adds, for consistency, the dyslexia screening and intervention provisions to the list of statutes that apply to charter schools. (Under current law, the dyslexia screening and intervention requirements already apply to charter schools because of the language in the dyslexia screening and intervention provisions.)
 Current Status:   1/19/2022 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:30 PM, Senate Chamber
 Recent Status:   1/12/2022 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 2:00 PM, Senate Chamber
1/4/2022 - added as second author Senator Houchin
 
SB128PROHIBITED DISCRIMINATION IN CIVIL RIGHTS STATUTES. (LANANE T) Extends certain antidiscrimination and civil rights statutes to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status. Provides that every discriminatory practice relating to the acquisition or sale of real estate, education, public accommodations, employment, or the extending of credit is considered unlawful unless it is specifically exempted.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Judiciary
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Timothy Lanane
 
SB130STATEWIDE ASSESSMENT RESULTS. (LEISING J) Provides that, after a school receives statewide assessment score reports, a teacher of a student shall discuss the student's statewide assessment results with a parent at the next parent/teacher conference or, if the school does not hold parent/teacher conferences, send a notice to a parent of the student offering to meet with the parent to discuss the results. (Current law requires that, after a school receives statewide assessment score reports, the school shall offer a parent/teacher conference to discuss a student's statewide assessment results with a parent who requests the parent/teacher conference or the parent of each student who does not receive a passing score on the test.) Requires the department of education to include in a contract entered into or renewed after June 30, 2022, with a statewide assessment vendor a requirement that the vendor provide a summary of a student's statewide assessment results that meets certain requirements.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Jean Leising
 
SB131UNIFORM ELECTRONIC LEGAL MATERIAL ACT. (FREEMAN A) Implements the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act, which establishes a process for certain legal materials stored electronically to be: (1) designated as official; (2) authenticated; (3) preserved; and (4) made available to the public.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Committee Report do pass, adopted
1/12/2022 - Senate Committee recommends passage Yeas: 11; Nays: 0;
 
SB134APPROPRIATION OF DONATED MONEY. (BROWN L) Requires certain review and budgeting procedures when a state agency or local unit of government receives money in the form of a donation made by a nongovernmental organization.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Appropriations, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Rm. 431
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Appropriations
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
SB141STATE TAX CREDIT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTIONS. (BUCHANAN B) Provides a 25% state tax credit for contributions made to a public school foundation for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2022, and before January 1, 2025. Provides that the amount allowable as a credit in a taxable year may not exceed: (1) $1,000 in the case of an individual filing a single return or a corporation; or (2) $2,000 in the case of a married couple filing a joint return. Provides that the maximum amount of credits that may be awarded in a state fiscal year may not exceed $5,000,000.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Brian Buchanan
 
SB144SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS. (BALDWIN S) Provides that a candidate for election to the governing body of a school corporation may not be any of the following: (1) A teacher employed by the school corporation. (2) A member, an employee, or a contractor of a labor organization with which the school corporation engages in collective bargaining. Provides that candidates for election to the governing body of a school corporation may request that the candidate's affiliation with a major political party be indicated with the candidate's name on the general election ballot. Provides that, beginning with the 2022 general election, all members of the governing body of a school corporation must be elected, eliminating the appointment of members of the governing body. Changes population parameters to reflect the population count determined under the 2020 decennial census.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Scott Baldwin
 
SB145PROPERTY TAX MATTERS. (BUCHANAN B) Provides that the true tax value of commercial real property used for retail purposes that is at least 100,000 square feet and that is occupied by the original owner or by a tenant for which the improvement was built shall be determined by the cost approach for the first 10 years of occupancy of the property, less normal depreciation and normal obsolescence under the rules and guidelines of the department of local government finance (department). Requires the department to annually establish a standard construction cost per square foot for these properties for each county based on the average market cost in the county (or region) to be used for purposes of the assessment, unless the taxpayer has provided the taxpayer's determination of actual construction costs to the appropriate assessing official not later than 45 days after the date of the assessment notice that is the subject of the review. Requires the taxpayer, if a taxpayer has provided the taxpayer's determination of actual construction cost within 45 days after the assessment notice, to provide to the county property tax assessment board of appeals (PTBOA) information necessary to determine the actual construction costs for the real property. Requires that the taxpayer's actual construction costs must be used for purposes of the assessment if the PTBOA determines that actual construction costs for the real property are less than the standard construction cost established by the department for the county. Requires the fiscal officer of the county to establish a separate account for the tax receipts that are attributable to the property tax assessment that is the subject of review. Provides that a county assessor or township assessor (if any) may request the department to perform a state conducted assessment of these properties for a specific assessment date. Sets out the procedures for a state conducted assessment.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Senators Boots and Baldwin
 
SB167EDUCATION MATTERS. (BALDWIN S) Defines a "qualified school". Requires each qualified school to post educational activities and curricular materials on the school's Internet web site. Provides that public records that are available on a qualified school's Internet web site shall be excepted from public record requests for individuals that have access to the school's Internet web site at the discretion of the qualified school. Requires the school corporation or qualified school to add functionality that allows parents of students in the school corporation to opt in to or opt out of certain educational activities and curricular materials under certain conditions. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation shall create a curricular materials advisory committee (committee) comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. Requires the committee to submit recommendations regarding curricular materials and educational activities to the governing body of a school corporation. Provides parameters for the composition of the committee, the appointment of committee members, and the appointment of a committee chairperson. Requires the governing body to create educational activities and curricular materials review, discussion, and recommendation procedures for the committee. Provides that the committee shall meet a certain number of times annually. Provides that a state agency, state educational institution, school corporation, or qualified school or an employee of the state agency, state educational institution, school corporation, or qualified school acting in an official capacity may not include or promote certain concepts as part of a course of instruction or in a curriculum or direct or otherwise compel a school employee or student to adhere to certain tenets relating to the individual's sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation. Provides that a state agency, school corporation, qualified school, or state educational institution or an employee of the state agency, school corporation, qualified school, or state educational institution acting in an official capacity may not require an employee of the school corporation, qualified school, or state educational institution to engage in training, orientation, or therapy that presents any form of racial or sex stereotyping or blame on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation. Provides that a student shall not be required to participate in a personal analysis, an evaluation, or a survey that reveals or attempts to affect the student's attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings without parental consent. Provides that, if a school corporation or qualified school uses a third party vendor in providing a personal analysis, evaluation, or survey that reveals, identifies, collects, maintains or attempts to affect a student's attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs, or feelings, the third party vendor and the school corporation or qualified school may not collect or maintain the responses to or results of the analysis, evaluation, or survey in a manner that would identify the responses or results of an individual student. Provides that before a school corporation or qualified school may provide or administer certain mental, social-emotional, or psychological services to a student, the school must provide the parent of the student or the student, if the student is an adult or an emancipated minor, with a written request for consent to provide or administer certain mental, social-emotional, or psychological services. Makes changes to the definition of "sexually explicit" for the purpose of trade regulation. Removes schools and certain public libraries from the list of entities eligible for a specified defense to criminal prosecutions alleging: (1) the dissemination of material harmful to minors; or (2) a performance harmful to minors. Adds colleges and universities to the entities eligible for a specified defense to criminal prosecutions alleging: (1) the dissemination of material harmful to minors; or (2) a performance harmful to minors.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Kruse
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Gaskill
1/6/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Freeman
 
SB171TEACHERS AND COUNSELORS. (FORD J) Requires the department of education (department) to establish and maintain a data base of information concerning employees of public schools who were physically injured while on the job by students of the public schools. Requires public schools to provide information concerning an employee of a public school who was physically injured while on the job by a student of the public school. Requires: (1) teacher preparation programs to include content within the curriculum regarding; and (2) certain teacher training to include training on; conflict deescalation techniques and conflict prevention and intervention strategies. Provides that each school corporation and charter school that receives or has received funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER funds) shall prioritize the use of any ESSER funds the school corporation or charter school, after June 30, 2022, has or receives for hiring additional: (1) licensed school counselors; (2) licensed social workers; or (3) licensed school psychologists. Urges the legislative council to assign to the interim study committee on education the task of studying the impediments that may exist for underrepresented groups in seeking to become teachers and other licensed school employees.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By J.D. Ford
 
SB174STUDENT HEALTH. (FORD J) Requires the governing body of a school corporation or chief administrative officer of a nonpublic school system to authorize the absence and excuse of a student due to the student's mental or behavioral health concerns. Limits the number of excused absences for mental or behavioral health concerns, without documentation, to three instructional days in a school year. Allows a student to be excused for more than three instructional days if the student provides certain documentation. Requires that a school selected to participate in the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behaviors Survey or a successor survey participate in the survey. Provides that the commission for higher education shall, before January 1, 2023, work with the statewide suicide prevention coordinator to develop a suicide prevention training for students at each state educational institution (institution). Requires each student at an institution, after July 1, 2023, to participate in the training in the student's first year at the institution. Requires each institution to collect and report certain information concerning suicide prevention to the statewide suicide prevention coordinator. Establishes a mental health and suicide prevention in higher education task force (task force). Provides that the task force shall create a statewide suicide prevention resource guide for institutions. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By J.D. Ford
 
SB178TEACHER COMPENSATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. (FORD J) Provides that, in calculating whether a school corporation has met the 45% teacher compensation threshold, a school corporation: (1) may include only salaries paid from the state tuition support distributions during the state fiscal year; and (2) shall count the total funds received in state tuition support distributions to the school corporation during the state fiscal year. Provides that a school corporation is not considered to be in deficit financing if the sum of the ending respective cash balance on June 30 of the immediately preceding state fiscal year of: (1) the school corporation's rainy day fund; plus (2) the school corporation's education fund; exceeds an amount equal to 20% of the school corporation's most recently adopted annual budget. Requires a school employer to bargain collectively class size, health and safety matters, and teacher preparation time with an exclusive representative.
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 2:00 PM, Senate Chamber
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
1/6/2022 - First Reading
 
SB198EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS STUDY COMMISSION. (POL JR. R) Creates a commission to identify information concerning educational support professionals in each school corporation. Requires the commission to report its findings to the general assembly.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Rodney Pol Jr
 
SB206THIRTEENTH CHECK. (NIEZGODSKI D) Provides for a thirteenth check in 2022 for certain members of the: (1) Indiana state teachers' retirement fund; (2) public employees' retirement fund; (3) state excise police, gaming agent, gaming control officer, and conservation enforcement officers' retirement plan; (4) state police pre-1987 benefit system; and (5) state police 1987 benefit system.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Appropriations
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By David Niezgodski
 
SB208SCHOOL CITY OF EAST CHICAGO LOAN. (RANDOLPH L) Transfers, not later than July 1, 2022, to the school disaster loan fund from the state general fund an amount sufficient to pay off the loan that was made to the School City of East Chicago school corporation from the school disaster loan fund.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Appropriations
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Lonnie Randolph
 
SB213ACADEMIC TRANSPARENCY. (TOMES J) Requires, not later than June 30, 2023, and not later than June 30 each year thereafter, each public school to post on the public school's Internet web site, in a manner that is accessible by the public, certain information regarding learning materials and educational activities that are used for student instruction. Requires each public school to update the information and post a notice of the update on the public school's Internet web site. Provides that a resident of a school district may bring an action to compel the governing board to comply with transparency requirements.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Withdrawn
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
1/6/2022 - First Reading
 
SB215MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION AND SCREENINGS. (MRVAN F) Requires a school corporation's health education curriculum to include mental health wellness education. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation may provide mental health screenings to students. Provides that the department of education shall provide a school corporation with resources regarding mental health wellness upon request by the school corporation.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Frank Mrvan
 
SB216FEDERAL FUNDING FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. (MRVAN F) Provides that any funds that Indiana receives under the American Rescue Plan Act or any other federal funds that Indiana receives for the purpose of providing funding for early childhood education, including prekindergarten, or kindergarten: (1) must be used for early childhood education, including prekindergarten, or kindergarten; (2) may not be used for any other purpose; and (3) may not revert to the state general fund or any other fund to be used for any other purpose.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Appropriations
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Frank Mrvan
 
SB225DISCLOSURE OF FOREIGN GIFTS TO EDUCATIONAL ENTITIES. (BALDWIN S) Requires a school corporation, charter school, state accredited nonpublic school, or postsecondary educational institution (school entity or institution) to file a disclosure report with the auditor of state and the attorney general whenever any school entity or institution is owned or controlled by a foreign source or receives a gift from or enters into a contract with a foreign source, the value of which is $50,000 or more. Provides that whenever it appears that a school entity or institution has failed to comply with gift disclosure requirements, a civil action may be brought by the attorney general or at the request of: (1) a member of the general assembly; (2) the governor; (3) a member of the commission for higher education; (4) a member of the state board of education; or (5) an Indiana taxpayer; to compel compliance with the gift disclosure requirements.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Scott Baldwin
 
SB234CHILD AND DEPENDENT CARE TAX CREDIT. (TAYLOR G) Provides a refundable child and dependent care tax credit to taxpayers whose adjusted gross income for the taxable year is not more than 250% of the federal poverty level. Provides that the credit is equal to the lesser of: (1) an amount ranging from $200 to $1,000, depending on the extent to which the taxpayer's adjusted gross income exceeds the federal poverty level; or (2) 20% of the taxpayer's employment related expenses.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Greg Taylor
 
SB235AGE FOR COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. (TAYLOR G) Provides that a student is bound by compulsory school attendance requirements from the beginning of the fall school term for the school year in which the student is five years of age on August 1 of that school year. (Current law provides that a student is bound by compulsory school attendance requirements from the beginning of the fall school term for the school year in which the student becomes seven years of age.) Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Greg Taylor
 
SB237NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEETINGS. (BOEHNLEIN K) Requires an agency of a political subdivision (local agency) under the open door law to post a meeting notice and meeting agenda (if any) on the local agency's official web site, in addition to giving notice by any other method required by law. Specifies that the local agency's official web site may be on a social media platform for purposes of: (1) the open door law; and (2) the law allowing a local agency to make the first required publication of a notice in the newspaper and any required subsequent publications of the notice on the local agency's official web site. Specifies that the official web site of a local agency may not require a user to register or pay a fee to access the web site.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Local Government
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Kevin Boehnlein
 
SB252CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION. (ALTING R) Provides that a determination of cause, instead of probable cause, by the civil rights commission is exempt from agency action under the Indiana administrative orders and procedures act. Removes the requirement that a complainant sign a complaint filed under the Indiana civil rights act. Requires that a complaint under the Indiana civil rights act be received within 180 days instead of filed within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory practice. Removes the requirement that a majority of the commissioners sign a consent agreement reached by the commission. Requires that the complainant, respondent, and aggrieved person on whose behalf a complaint was filed under the Indiana fair housing act shall agree in writing to have the claims decided in court. Provides that a court or the civil rights commission may only award reasonable attorney's fees if there has been a finding that a discriminatory practice has occurred.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Judiciary
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Ron Alting
 
SB257MILITARY SERVICE CREDIT FOR TEACHERS. (ALTING R) Provides that a member of the state teachers' retirement fund who retires after June 30, 2022, and served time in voluntary or involuntary active military service is entitled to a military service credit for the member's active military service in an amount equal to the duration of the member's active military service, if the member: (1) received an honorable discharge; and (2) has at least 10 years of in-state service credit. Provides that not more than six years of military service credit may be granted. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Pensions and Labor
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Ron Alting
 
SB258TEACHER PREPARATION TIME. (ALTING R) Requires that each governing body must provide teachers with at least one class period each day that is free of duties and reserved for class preparation.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Ron Alting
 
SB279ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. (WALKER G) Provides that the governing body of a school corporation may change the school corporation's organizational plan to provide that candidates for election to the governing body are elected in a nonpartisan election or as all other elected offices are elected. Amends current statutes relating to nomination of candidates for school board offices to reflect this option. Repeals other superseded statutes. Makes conforming changes. Changes population parameters to reflect the population count determined under the 2020 decennial census.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Greg Walker
 
SB282STATE AND LOCAL AUDIT EXAMINATIONS. (BUCK J) Provides that after June 30, 2022, a political subdivision may not issue or guarantee a debt obligation until the fiscal officer of the political subdivision has: (1) prepared a debt capacity analysis report (report) on a standard form prescribed by the state board of accounts (SBOA) with the assistance of the department of local government finance (DLGF); and (2) presented the report to the fiscal body of the political subdivision in a public hearing. Provides that after June 30, 2022, political subdivisions must provide information concerning pledges, covenants, and agreements that they have made to secure or guarantee a financial obligation of another person to the DLGF in the form and on the schedule specified by the DLGF. Requires the SBOA to establish standards for the state and political subdivisions that require disclosure of pledges, covenants, and agreements that have been made to secure or guarantee a financial obligation of another person, including guarantees for private bond issues of private companies. Specifies that the standards must be consistent with generally accepted governmental accounting principles. Requires, in reporting periods beginning after June 30, 2022, the state and political subdivisions to include the disclosures in the notes of the entity's annual financial statements.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By James Buck
 
SB283ELECTRONIC PUBLICATION OF NOTICES. (BUCK J) Allows a political subdivision or local public official to publish notices on the political subdivision's official web site instead of in a newspaper. Allows the department of natural resources to publish a notice regarding a bond release for a surface coal mining and reclamation operation on the official web site of a county where the operation is located instead of in the newspaper. Resolves conflicts between two versions of a statute passed in P.L.22-2021 and P.L.152-2021 by repealing both versions of the statute and adding new statutes. Makes various stylistic changes.
 Current Status:   1/20/2022 - Senate Local Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Rm. 233
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Local Government
1/10/2022 - First Reading
 
SB290VARIOUS EDUCATION MATTERS. (RAATZ J) Requires the department of education to establish a career coaching pilot program to award grants to school corporations to establish career coaching programs for students of the school corporation. Provides that, if the total amount of state tuition support that a school corporation receives or will receive during a school year decreases under the student instructional day reduction of tuition support provision by an amount that is equal to or more than $250,000 from the amount the school corporation would otherwise be eligible to receive during the school year, the budget committee shall review the amount of and the reason for the decrease before the implementation of the decrease. Provides that, if an adjustment by the state board of education (state board) of the count of enrolled eligible pupils for one or more school corporations would increase or decrease the total distribution of state tuition support in an amount that is equal to or more than $250,000, the adjustment must be reviewed by the budget committee before the state board may adjust the enrollment count. Provides that, if the state board determines that extreme patterns of certain conditions on the count day or the subsequent adjustment date cause the enrollment to be unrepresentative of the enrollment of one or more school corporations by a count of eligible pupils that would increase or decrease the total distribution of state tuition support in an amount that is equal to or more than $250,000 as a result of changing the count day, the state board may designate another day for determining the enrollment of the one or more school corporations after review by the budget committee. (Current law allows the state board to designate another day for determining a school corporation's enrollment if the state board determines that extreme patterns of certain conditions on the count day or the subsequent adjustment date cause the enrollment to be unrepresentative of the school corporation's enrollment.) Provides that the state board shall assign to a school or school corporation (including adult high schools) a "null" or "no letter grade" for the 2021-2022 school year.
 Current Status:   1/20/2022 - Senate Appropriations, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 9:00 AM, Rm. 431
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - added as second author Senator Kruse
1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Appropriations
 
SB297SCHOOL EMPLOYEE DUES DEDUCTIONS. (BOOTS P) Amends the content of the statement that is required to be included on an authorization form for deducting school employee organization dues from school employee pay. Provides that certain deduction authorization provisions apply only to collective bargaining agreements or contracts entered into, renewed, modified, extended, or amended after June 30, 2022.
 Current Status:   1/19/2022 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:30 PM, Senate Chamber
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - added as second author Senator Rogers
1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 
SB315EDUCATION STUDY COMMITTEE. (BECKER V) Provides that, before May 1, 2022, the department of education shall establish a committee for the purpose of quantifying: (1) appropriate class sizes; (2) maximum caseloads for speech-language pathologists; (3) maximum caseloads for school social workers; (4) appropriate guidance counselor to student ratios; and (5) the number of unfilled position vacancies that exist in Indiana for each position. Requires issuance of a final report to the secretary of education, governor, and legislative council not later than November 1, 2022.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Vaneta Becker
 
SB327TANF ELIGIBILITY. (FORD J) Sets the income eligibility requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program at a specified percentage of the federal income poverty level. Requires the division of family resources (division) to amend the state TANF plan or take any other action necessary to implement the income requirements. Increases certain payment amounts under the TANF program. Requires the payments to be annually adjusted using the Social Security cost of living adjustment rate, but provides that the total adjustment in a year must be reduced to the extent the adjustment would result in the transfer to the Child Care and Development Fund grant program being less than the maximum allowable transfer under federal law. Authorizes emergency rulemaking concerning the payments. Repeals language regarding: (1) payments for a child born more than 10 months after a family qualifies for assistance; (2) the adoption of rules authorizing certain vouchers; (3) eligibility for child support enforcement services; (4) encouraging a family that receives assistance to receive family planning counseling; and (5) requiring the division to apply a percentage reduction to the total needs of TANF applicants and recipients in computing TANF benefits. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to Senate Family and Children Services
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Jon Ford
 
SB331EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP ACCOUNT PROGRAM. (BUCHANAN B) Authorizes the treasurer of state to deduct up to 10% of funds made available for the Indiana education scholarship account program to cover costs of administering the program. Establishes the Indiana education scholarship account administration fund (fund) to support the administration of the program. Requires any amounts deducted by the treasurer of state for administration costs to be deposited in the fund. Requires the treasurer of state to convene an advisory council for students with a disability of not more than six members, all appointed by the treasurer of state. Requires an eligible student with a disability to choose in the application process whether the eligible student will receive special education services from: (1) the school corporation required to provide the special education services to the eligible student; or (2) a qualified school that provides the necessary special education or related services to the eligible student. Specifies the annual grant amount calculation for an eligible student based on the eligible student's application choice. Makes a technical correction.
 Current Status:   1/19/2022 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:30 PM, Senate Chamber
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
1/11/2022 - First Reading
 
SB335ELIMINATION OF SCHOOL TEXTBOOK FEES. (BREAUX J) Requires each public school to provide curricular materials at no cost to each student enrolled in the public school. Establishes the curricular materials fund (fund) to provide state advancements for costs incurred by public schools in providing curricular materials to students at no cost. Provides that the department of education shall administer the fund. Provides that money in the fund is continually appropriated. Provides that a governing body or organizer of a charter school: (1) may purchase from a publisher any curricular materials selected by proper officials; (2) may rent curricular materials to certain nonpublic schools; and (3) may not rent the curricular materials to any student enrolled in any public school. Repeals a requirement that a school corporation must offer curricular materials at a reasonable rate to a family that moves during the school term. Repeals a requirement that a township trustee must use specified accounting methods for a curricular materials rental fund. Makes conforming changes. Appropriates from the state general fund to the office of the secretary of family and social services an amount sufficient to meet maintenance of effort requirements for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022. Makes an appropriation from the state general fund to the curricular materials fund for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Jean Breaux
 
SB356TEACHER MATTERS. (ROGERS L) Provides that: (1) the governing body of a school corporation may issue an adjunct teacher permit to an individual who meets certain requirements; and (2) if a governing body of a school corporation issues an adjunct teacher permit to an individual, the school corporation may enter into a contract for employment with the individual as a part-time teacher of the school corporation. Establishes requirements for adjunct teacher employment contracts. Provides that the employment contracts are not subject to certain requirements regarding teacher salaries and school corporation local compensation plans. Provides that: (1) an adjunct teacher is not a school employee for purposes of collective bargaining; and (2) an employment contract with an adjunct teacher is not subject to a collective bargaining agreement. Provides that it is not an unfair labor practice for a school corporation to enter into an employment contract with an adjunct teacher. Provides that the department of education shall establish an online adjunct teacher portal on the department's Internet web site or incorporate a functionality into the teacher referral system to allow: (1) a school corporation to post a vacant adjunct teacher position; and (2) an individual to submit a resume and other information. Makes changes to the requirements necessary to obtain an initial practitioner license for an individual who completes an alternative teacher certification program. Provides that, for school years beginning after June 30, 2022, a school corporation may provide a supplemental payment to a teacher in excess of the salary specified in the school corporation's compensation plan. (Current law allows a school corporation to provide supplemental payment to a teacher in excess of the salary specified in the school corporation's compensation plan if certain circumstances apply.) Removes a provision that requires a discussion on a supplement be held with an exclusive representative.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By Linda Rogers
 
SB368COMPLEXITY INDEX WITHIN THE SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA. (FORD J) Requires, for state fiscal years beginning after June 30, 2023, the state board of education to determine each school corporation's complexity index two times each year. Provides that the complexity index count dates coincide with the average daily membership count days. Allows a school corporation to request an adjustment to the school corporation's complexity index. Provides a maximum amount of money attributable to complexity index calculations that may be distributed for all school corporations in a particular state fiscal year.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to Senate Appropriations
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - First Reading
1/11/2022 - Authored By J.D. Ford
 
SB372TAXATION. (ZAY A) Phases down the individual adjusted gross income tax rate from 3.23% in 2022 to 1.73% in 2027 and thereafter. Phases out the corporate adjusted gross income tax rate from 4.99% in 2022 to 0% in 2026 and thereafter. Extends the state sales tax to all services beginning January 1, 2023, excluding government services. Defines "service" as any activity engaged in for another person, if the person purchases the service as the end user of the service for consideration. Specifies that the term does not include a service rendered by an employee. Excludes the wholesale sale of services that are performed by a business and rendered to another business for the use or consumption in the production of tangible personal property or the delivery of other services that are for sale (business to business transactions). Imposes a surcharge tax on social media providers. Defines "social media provider" as a social media company that: (1) maintains a public social media platform; (2) has more than 1,000,000 active Indiana account holders; (3) has annual gross revenue derived from social media advertising services in Indiana of at least $1,000,000; and (4) derives economic benefit from the data individuals in Indiana share with the company. Provides that the surcharge tax is equal to: (1) the annual gross revenue derived from social media advertising services in Indiana in a calendar year multiplied by 7%; plus (2) the total number of the social media provider's active Indiana account holders in a calendar year multiplied by $1. Establishes the online bullying, social isolation, and suicide prevention fund (fund) for the purposes of providing: (1) online bullying prevention; or (2) social isolation and suicide prevention; training and research for counselors and educational institutions. Provides that the division of mental health and addiction shall administer the fund. Transfers 10% of the revenue from the surcharge tax to the fund. Transfers the remaining surcharge tax revenue to the rural broadband fund.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Andy Zay
 
SB378ASSESSMENT OF BUSINESS PERSONAL PROPERTY. (BUCHANAN B) Increases the acquisition cost threshold for the business personal property tax exemption from $80,000 to $250,000. Provides an exemption for business personal property regardless of the acquisition cost that applies only if the property is placed in service in calendar year 2023. Allows the exemption for the entire useful life of the property. Requires the department of local government finance to adopt rules to amend the Indiana Administrative Code to reduce the minimum valuation percentage for depreciable personal property from 30% to 27.5% for the 2023 assessment date, and to 25% for assessment dates beginning in 2024 and thereafter. Amends the county option exemption for business personal property to allow counties to adopt an exemption ordinance that applies only to the first five year period after new business personal property is placed in service and that would require the personal property to be placed back on the tax rolls beginning in the sixth year of its useful life. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 9:30 AM, Rm. 431
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy
1/10/2022 - First Reading
 
SB379SCHOOLS AND COVID-19. (RAATZ J) Provides that the governing body of a school corporation, a charter school, a state accredited nonpublic school, or an eligible school: (1) may require a student or employee to wear a face mask or face covering on school premises or while using school transportation; and (2) may not require a student or employee to quarantine or isolate unless the student or employee tests positive for COVID-19 or exhibits a symptom of COVID-19. Allows a student or employee who exhibits a symptom of COVID-19 to return to school if the student or employee has a subsequent negative COVID-19 test. Requires a school to adopt a policy concerning a student's or employee's religious and medical needs. Provides that certain governmental entities may make recommendations to, but may not impose certain requirements on, a school concerning the prevention of COVID-19. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - added as second author Senator Kruse
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to Senate Health and Provider Services
1/11/2022 - First Reading
 
SB380EDUCATION POLICY COMMITTEE. (RAATZ J) Establishes the education policy committee (committee) consisting of four legislative members, the secretary of education, and four alternate legislative members. Provides that the primary function of the committee is to serve as liaison between the legislative and executive branches of government about all matters relating to education policy of the state and the implementation of that policy by the executive branch. Provides that the committee's chair may place on the committee's meeting agenda any topic relating to education policy for discussion by the committee and for the committee to make an advisory recommendation about that topic. Requires the committee to provide an advisory recommendation about the adoption of any rule permitted or required to be adopted under IC 20 or to decline to provide an advisory recommendation about the adoption of the rule. Requires the committee's advisory recommendation or declination to give an advisory recommendation to be published with the text of the proposed rule at the time the proposed rule is published as provided in the rulemaking statute.
 Current Status:   1/19/2022 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:30 PM, Senate Chamber
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - added as second author Senator Kruse
1/11/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 
SB393INSURANCE POOLING FOR POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS. (BECKER V) Permits political subdivisions, acting jointly, to pool resources to purchase insurance coverage.
 Current Status:   1/20/2022 - Senate Local Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Rm. 233
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to Senate Local Government
1/11/2022 - First Reading
 
SB396SCHOOL BOARD AND LIBRARY BOARD MEETINGS. (TOMES J) Requires a school board or library board, with certain exceptions, to do the following: (1) Post an agenda at the meeting site that has each agenda item clearly specified. (2) Provide a meeting attendee with a reasonable opportunity to speak regarding an agenda item. (3) Limit all official action to the agenda items. Provides that a meeting that violates these requirements may result in a court action to: (1) void a final action, policy, or decision based upon official action taken at the meeting; or (2) assess civil penalties against the officer or employee responsible for the violation.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - added as second author Senator Kruse
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
1/11/2022 - First Reading
 
SB415SCHOOL DISCRIMINATION. (HOUCHIN E) Provides that a teacher, administrator, or other employee of a school corporation or charter school shall not require or make part of a course certain concepts related to race or sex. Provides that a school corporation or a charter school, or an employee of a state agency, school corporation, or charter school acting in an official capacity, shall not direct or otherwise compel a school employee to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to certain tenets relating to race or sex. Provides that a student enrolled at a state educational institution shall not be required to engage in any form of mandatory gender or sexual diversity training or counseling. Provides that any orientation or requirement that presents any form of race or sex stereotyping or a bias on the basis of race or sex is prohibited.
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development
 Recent Status:   1/12/2022 - First Reading
1/12/2022 - Authored By Erin Houchin
 
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