Legislative Report - Indiana Association of County Commissioners
Prepared by: Barnes & Thornburg LLP
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;
 
HB1004DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION. (FRYE R) Amends and updates certain terms involving direct placement in a community corrections program. Updates the definition of "community corrections program". Specifies that a court may suspend any portion of a sentence and order a person to be placed in a community corrections program for the part of the sentence which must be executed. Provides that a person placed on a level of supervision as part of a community corrections program: (1) is entitled to earned good time credit; (2) may not earn educational credit; and (3) may be deprived of earned good time credit. Provides that when a person completes a placement program, the court may place the person on probation. Provides that a court may commit a person convicted of a Level 6 felony to the department of correction (department). (Current law provides that, under certain circumstances, a person convicted of a Level 6 felony may not be committed to the department.) Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - Referred to Senate
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - Senate sponsors: Senators Koch and Freeman
1/11/2022 - added as coauthors Representatives Lehman, May, Negele, Heaton, Teshka J, Speedy, Baird, Schaibley, Clere, Zent, Ziemke, Gutwein, Abbott D, Miller, O'Brien T, Leonard, Cook, Karickhoff, Young J, Rowray E, Manning, Linda
 
HB1011SALE OF CAPITAL ASSET. (AYLESWORTH M) Requires the fiscal body of a town to that receives proceeds from the sale of a capital asset made after December 15, 2021, and before January 1, 2023, to contract with a financial institution eligible to receive public funds of a political subdivision to assist the town in its investment program.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - House Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Second reading amended, ordered engrossed
1/13/2022 - Amendment #1 (Aylesworth) prevailed; voice vote
 
HB1018MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION MATTERS. (SHACKLEFORD R) Specifies that an individual's incarceration, hospitalization, or other temporary cessation in substance or chemical use may not be used as a factor in determining the individual's eligibility for coverage in: (1) a state employee health care plan; (2) Medicaid; (3) the healthy Indiana plan; (4) a policy of accident and sickness insurance; or (5) a health maintenance health care contract. Requires an opioid treatment program to: (1) provide a patient of the facility appropriate referrals for continuing care before releasing the patient from care by the facility; and (2) counsel female patients concerning the effects of the program treatment if the female is or becomes pregnant and provide to the patient birth control if requested by the patient. Requires the division of mental health and addiction (division) to annually perform an audit of 20% of an opioid treatment program facility's patient plans to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Requires the division to establish a mental health and addiction program to reduce the stigma of mental illness and addiction. Requires hospitals to establish emergency room treatment protocols concerning treatment of a patient who is overdosing, has been provided an overdose intervention drug, or is otherwise identified as having a substance use disorder.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Public Health
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Robin Shackleford
 
HB1019DEAD AND DYING TREES. (SAUNDERS T) Defines "dead or dying tree". Renames a county weed control board as the weed and tree control board (board). Requires the board to remove dead or dying trees located on property owned, leased, or controlled by a county, municipality, or township (unit) under certain conditions. Provides that the board may pay the costs of dead or dying tree removal. Provides immunity to a unit for failing to remove a dead or dying tree that falls on a roadway controlled by the unit.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Local Government
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Thomas Saunders
 
HB1022ANNEXATION AND ZONING. (THOMPSON J) Provides the following with regard to an annexation of territory (territory) that is at least 80% contiguous to the municipality: (1) The municipality must conduct three (instead of six) public information meetings regarding the proposed annexation. (2) A landowner may not remonstrate against the annexation. (3) The county executive may void the annexation. (4) A landowner may file a court action to void an annexation on the grounds that the municipality failed to fulfill certain statutory requirements. If successful, the landowner may collect attorney's fees and costs. (5) If voided, a municipality may not attempt another annexation of the territory for four years. Specifies, with regard to a request for a variance on property abutting a county line, who is an interested party and must be given notice of the variance hearing. Requires a board of zoning appeals to consider any effect that approval of a variance from development standards may have on wells and septic systems. Makes the following changes with regard to area plan commissions: (1) Allows only the appointing authority to remove a member of an area plan commission. (2) Requires the county legislative body (instead of the area plan commission) to appoint the executive director for an area planning department.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Local Government
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Jeffrey Thompson
 
HB1025SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECTION AND WELL WATER TESTING. (AYLESWORTH M) Provides that, after June 30, 2023, if a dwelling is connected to a residential onsite sewage system: (1) the residential onsite sewage system must be inspected by a qualified inspector and the property owner must state the inspector's determination in the real estate sales disclosure form required under current law; and (2) if the residential onsite sewage system is not inspected, if the inspector determines that the residential onsite sewage system is failing and the property owner does not state the inspector's determination in the disclosure form, or if the property owner does not submit a disclosure form to the buyer before accepting the buyer's offer, the transaction transferring ownership of the dwelling is voidable at the election of the buyer, even after the closing. Provides that, after June 30, 2023, a county recorder may not record a deed transferring a fee simple interest in a nondwelling structure connected to a commercial onsite sewage system unless: (1) the commercial onsite sewage system is inspected by a qualified inspector; (2) a document certifying that the inspection has been conducted and setting forth the inspection results is provided to the local health department, the county recorder, and the person to whom the fee simple interest is being transferred; and (3) if the commercial onsite sewage system exhibits any condition constituting system failure, the person to whom the fee simple interest in the nondwelling structure is being transferred presents to the local health department and the county recorder an affidavit stating that the cause of system failure: (A) has been eliminated; or (B) will be eliminated before the person uses the nondwelling structure for the purpose for which the person is acquiring the structure. Provides that, after June 30, 2023, a county recorder may not record a deed transferring a fee simple interest in a lot or tract of land containing a water well in addition to a residential or commercial onsite sewage system unless: (1) water from the water well is tested by a qualified tester for the presence of arsenic, nitrate, lead, and coliform bacteria; and (2) a document certifying that the testing has been conducted and setting forth the results is provided to the local health department, the county recorder, and the person to whom the fee simple interest is being transferred. Establishes exceptions to these inspection and testing requirements. Provides that the failure of the property owner to provide the document certifying and setting forth the results of the commercial onsite sewage system inspection or well water testing: (1) is a complete defense to an action brought by the property owner against a prospective transferee for breach of a contract to purchase the property; and (2) is a breach of a legal duty owed to a transferee for which the transferee may bring a civil action for compensatory damages. Requires the state department of health to adopt rules.
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - added as coauthor Representative Boy
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Environmental Affairs
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
HB1027INDIVIDUAL ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME TAX RATE. (ELLINGTON J) For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2022, reduces the tax rate imposed on the adjusted gross income of every resident person, and on the part of adjusted gross income derived from sources within Indiana of every nonresident person, from 3.23% to 3%.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Jeff Ellington
 
HB1030MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. (HARRIS JR. E) Allows a political subdivision, in consultation with the technical assistance center, to contract with mental health providers for the purpose of supplementing existing crisis intervention teams with mental health professionals. Specifies certain eligibility requirements for mental health professionals seeking an appointment to a crisis intervention team. Requires a mental health professional who is appointed to a crisis intervention team to accompany responding law enforcement or police officers to a call involving a mental health or substance abuse disorder crisis. Provides that a law enforcement or police officer (officer) may not be held liable for damages, including punitive damages, for any act or omission related to a mental health professional's contribution to a crisis intervention team or a crisis intervention team response. Specifies that no other person or entity may be held liable for certain damages by reason of an agency relationship with an officer. Defines certain terms.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Public Health
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Earl Harris Jr
 
HB1031WAGE HISTORY AND WAGE RANGE INQUIRIES. (ERRINGTON S) Prohibits, with certain exceptions, an employer from using an applicant's wage history in the hiring process. Prohibits, in certain situations, an employer from relying on the wage history of an applicant for employment. Prohibits employers from failing or refusing to provide an applicant for employment the wage range for the position for which the applicant is applying. Requires an employer to provide to an employee the wage range for the employee's job under certain circumstances. Allows for the department of labor (department) to receive and investigate complaints. Provides that the department may do the following: (1) Issue a warning for the first violation. (2) Impose a civil penalty of $50 for the second violation. (3) Impose a civil penalty of $100 for the third violation and each subsequent violation. Requires the department to maintain a list of employers who have four or more violations and provide the list to the office of the chief equity, inclusion, and opportunity officer (office). Requires the office to post the list on the equity data portal. Provides that if an employer is found to have violated this chapter, the employer shall notify its employees of the violation.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Sue Errington
 
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)
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - House Ways and Means, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/4/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 
HB1036WATERSHED DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS. (AYLESWORTH M) Provides that the executives of one or more counties may adopt ordinances designating their counties as members of a proposed watershed development commission and that the proposed watershed development commission is established as a legal entity with the counties as its members if it is recognized by the natural resources commission. Requires the natural resources commission, in deciding whether to recognize a proposed watershed development commission, to answer certain questions. Provides that a nonmember county may become a member of an established watershed development commission if its membership is accepted by the member counties and recognized by the natural resources commission. Requires the department of natural resources (department), with the approval of the natural resources commission, to certify the area of a member county that is within a watershed development commission's designated watershed. Sets forth certain flood control and drainage purposes for which a watershed development commission may be established. Requires a watershed development commission to develop a flood control and drainage plan for its designated watershed and grants a watershed development commission exclusive authority to perform drainage and flood control activities within the channel of the river that is the surface water outlet of the commission's designated watershed. Provides for a watershed development commission to be governed by a board that includes the director of the department (or the director's designee) and one representative of each member county. Establishes an advisory committee for each watershed development commission to provide counsel to the board. Provides for the funding of a watershed development commission through an annual special assessment against each taxable parcel of real property that is located: (1) in a member county; and (2) within the designated watershed of the watershed development commission. Authorizes a member county to adopt any of three alternative methods of funding the watershed development commission. Authorizes a watershed development commission to give preference to an Indiana business over an out-of-state business in contracting for public works. Allows the Maumee River basin commission, the St. Joseph River basin commission, or the Upper Wabash River basin commission to be transformed into a watershed development commission if the county executives of all participating counties, by vote of at least two of the three members of the county executive, approve the proposed transformation.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Natural Resources
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Abbott, Ledbetter, O'Brien
 
HB1037WASTEWATER HOLDING TANKS IN RV CAMPGROUNDS. (ENGLEMAN K) Provides that a recreational vehicle campground that is not connected to a public sewer system may include one or more holding tanks in which wastewater from recreational vehicles is stored before processing. Limits the capacity of a holding tank to not more than 10,000 gallons.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Environmental Affairs
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Bartels
 
HB1048SHERIFF'S SALE IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACTION. (EBERHART S) Allows the sheriff to conduct a public auction electronically. Raises the amount that a sheriff can charge for administrative fees from $200 to $500. Makes a conforming amendment. Makes a technical correction.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Local Government
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Sean Eberhart
 
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
 
HB1053LOCAL REGULATION OF FIREWORKS. (SCHAIBLEY D) Changes: (1) the dates on which a county or municipal ordinance may limit or prohibit the use of fireworks in the county or municipality; and (2) the types of fireworks to which such an ordinance may apply.
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - added as coauthors Representatives Torr, Saunders, Errington
 Recent Status:   1/12/2022 - House Local Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/4/2022 - Referred to House Local Government
 
HB1056KILLING A LAW ENFORCEMENT ANIMAL. (JETER C) Increases the penalty for killing a law enforcement animal to a Level 5 felony. Provides that killing a law enforcement animal in the commission of a crime is an aggravating circumstance for sentencing in criminal cases.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Courts and Criminal Code
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Manning
 
HB1058STATE PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF PROPERTY TAXES. (BARTELS S) Requires the state to make payments in lieu of property taxes (PILOTs) for qualified parcels in counties in which at least 19% of all land in the county is: (1) in the aggregate, owned or leased by the state of Indiana or the federal government; and (2) subject to an exemption from property taxes. Defines "qualified parcel" as a parcel that is: (1) owned or leased by the state of Indiana; (2) subject to an exemption from property taxes; and (3) located in a county to which this act applies. Provides that a county containing qualified parcels is entitled to receive PILOTs from the state. Provides that for purposes of calculating a PILOT, each acre of the qualified parcel is considered to have an assessed value of 1/2 of the statewide agricultural land base rate value. Provides that money received from the PILOTs must be used by the taxing units for capital expenditures related to public safety. Annually appropriates from the state general fund the amount necessary to pay the required PILOTs.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Steve Bartels
 
HB1063DE NOVO JUDICIAL REVIEW OF CERTAIN AGENCY ACTIONS. (JETER C) Requires a court to try disputed issues of fact de novo in a judicial review of certain agency actions. Provides that the burden of proving the validity of certain agency actions is the same as in the hearing before the agency. Requires the court in a judicial review of an agency action to review all issues of law and fact de novo and without deference to any previous interpretation made by the agency. Specifies that a monetary penalty issued by an agency may not be excessive and that a court may review a monetary penalty de novo to determine if the penalty is excessive.
 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: 10; Nays: 0
 
HB1064ASSOCIATIONAL STANDING FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW. (ENGLEMAN K) Provides that an association or representative organization that meets certain requirements has standing to: (1) bring a declaratory judgment action as to an ordinance adopted under the planning and development law; and (2) obtain judicial review of a zoning decision.
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - House Judiciary, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Judiciary
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
HB1070DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA. (VANNATTER H) Decriminalizes possession of two ounces or less of marijuana.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Courts and Criminal Code
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Heath VanNatter
 
HB1077FIREARMS MATTERS. (SMALTZ B) Repeals the law that requires a person to obtain a license to carry a handgun in Indiana. Specifies that certain persons who are not otherwise prohibited from carrying or possessing a handgun are not required to obtain or possess a license or permit from the state to carry a handgun in Indiana. Prohibits certain individuals from knowingly or intentionally carrying a handgun. Creates the crime of "unlawful carrying of a handgun" and specifies the penalties for committing this crime. Allows particular individuals who do not meet the requirements to receive a handgun license and are not otherwise prohibited to carry a handgun in limited places. Allows a resident of Indiana to obtain in certain circumstances a license to carry a handgun in Indiana. Makes theft of a firearm a Level 5 felony. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming amendments and repeals obsolete provisions.
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - Referred to Senate
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - added as coauthor Representative Borders
1/11/2022 - Rule 105.1 suspended
 
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
 
HB1085SUMMONS TO APPEAR. (FRYE R) Requires a local or regional advisory council to determine and compile a list of which Class B and Class C misdemeanor offenses would qualify as an offense for which a local law enforcement officer may issue a summons and promise to appear in lieu of arresting a person. Provides that the summons must: (1) include only a misdemeanor offense approved by a local or regional advisory council located in the officer's jurisdiction; and (2) set forth substantially the nature of the offense and direct the person to appear before a court at a stated place and time. Provides that, a law enforcement officer may not issue a summons if the person has committed a violent misdemeanor offense that involves a victim or a weapon or if the person has committed an offense involving the impaired operation of a motor vehicle. Provides that if the person summoned fails without good cause to appear as commanded by the summons and the court has determined that there is probable cause to believe that a crime (other than a failure to appear) has been committed, the court shall issue a warrant of arrest.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Courts and Criminal Code
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Randall Frye
 
HB1096ACCOUNTABILITY. (WESCO T) Establishes provisions that require greater transparency in state and local government actions related to incentives received by the Indiana economic development corporation or the Indiana destination development corporation (a corporation). Provides that a covered business shall disclose the source and amount of a success fee in relation to the award of incentives. Provides that a covered person shall disclose the source and amount of third party compensation made in connection with the covered person's performance in state or local government. Provides that a corporation shall disclose the source and amount of any economic development expenses paid for by a nongovernmental third party for the benefit of the corporation. Provides that a corporation shall disclose the terms of any contract for, or payment of, incentives made by a political subdivision that is not already covered under another provision. Provides that the disclosures must be made quarterly to the auditor of state and on the Indiana transparency portal Internet web site. Provides that failure to comply with the disclosure requirements results in the disgorgement of all undisclosed compensation and incentives which will be paid to the treasurer of state for deposit in the state general fund. Provides that the auditor of state may prescribe forms, rules, and procedures to implement the chapter and that the office of the attorney general shall enforce the chapter.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Ways and Means
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Timothy Wesco
 
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
 
HB1102SERVICE ANIMALS. (LEDBETTER C) Sets forth certain requirements when permitting or not permitting a person with a disability to bring a service animal on the premises of a public accommodation.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Public Health
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Karickhoff and Pack
 
HB1105FAIR AND OPEN COMPETITION FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS. (GOODRICH C) Provides that a public agency may not do any of the following: (1) Require a potential bidder on a public works project to provide any information that the potential bidder considers confidential or proprietary as a requirement for the public agency finding the bidder to be a responsive or responsible bidder. (2) By rule, ordinance, or any other action relating to contracts for public works projects for which competitive bids are required impose any requirement that directly or indirectly restricts potential bidders to any predetermined class of bidders defined by experience on similar projects, size of company, union membership, or any other criteria. (3) 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 Representatives Prescott and VanNatter
 
HB1106EMINENT DOMAIN. (GOODRICH C) Makes changes to condemnation proceedings in which appraisers are appointed after April 1, 2022. Requires a city or town to obtain the county legislative body's approval of a condemnation of property within the unincorporated area of the county.
 Current Status:   1/19/2022 - House Local Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Local Government
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
HB1110ANNEXATION OF RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. (SOLIDAY E) Allows a third class city to annex a noncontiguous residential development that: (1) has a homeowners association (HOA) governed by a board of directors; (2) is located not more than three miles outside the city's boundaries; (3) has at least 100 single family residential homes; (4) has commercial buildings; and (5) receives the third class city's sewer or water service. Provides that for an annexation to proceed: (1) the board of directors of the HOA must petition the city legislative body for annexation; and (2) the city legislative body must adopt a resolution approving initiation of the annexation process. Changes population parameters to reflect the population count determined under the 2020 decennial census.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Local Government
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Edmond Soliday
 
HB1111UTILITY REGULATORY COMMISSION REPORTING AND RULES. (SOLIDAY E) Amends the statute concerning the required annual report by the utility regulatory commission (IURC) to the governor and the legislative council as follows: (1) Requires the IURC to present the annual report to the interim study committee on energy, utilities, and telecommunications (committee) before October 1 of each year. (2) Provides that the annual report must include certain information concerning: (A) the energy utility industry; (B) the water and wastewater utility industries; (C) the communications services industry; and (D) Indiana's pipeline safety program. Makes conforming amendments to the statutes requiring the IURC to report annually to the committee concerning: (1) the energy utility industry; and (2) communications services. Makes other conforming amendments to Indiana Code sections referencing the IURC's annual report to the committee concerning communications services. Repeals Indiana Code provisions requiring the IURC to report annually to the committee concerning: (1) acquisitions under the statute concerning acquisitions of offered water or wastewater utilities; and (2) the Indiana voluntary clean energy portfolio standard program. Requires the IURC to adopt rules as the IURC determines necessary to implement Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order No. 2222 concerning distributed energy resources and distributed energy resource aggregators.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - House Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Second reading ordered engrossed
1/13/2022 - added as coauthor Representative Frye
 
HB1114SELF-DEFENSE. (LUCAS J) Specifies that "reasonable force" includes the pointing of a loaded or unloaded firearm for purposes of arrest or to prevent an escape, or for self-defense.
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - added as coauthor Representative Payne Z
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Courts and Criminal Code
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
HB1115LIABILITY FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES. (LYNESS R) Provides civil immunity for an act or omission committed by an emergency vehicle operator while operating an emergency vehicle.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Judiciary
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Randy Lyness
 
HB1124PAYMENTS TO RETIREMENT FUND MEMBERS. (PORTER G) Provides for a $250 payment in 2022 to members of the Indiana state teachers' retirement fund and public employees' retirement fund from the funds made available to the state under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Provides for an additional $250 payment in 2022 to members of the Indiana state teachers' retirement fund and public employees' retirement fund who received less than $20,000 in retirement benefits during calendar year 2020. Makes an appropriation to the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system.
 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
 
HB1127CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY. (JACOB J) Repeals the law that requires a person to obtain a license to carry a handgun in Indiana. Provides that a nonresident of Indiana may carry a handgun in Indiana without possessing a license or permit to carry a handgun from the person's state of residence. Allows a member of the: (1) general assembly; (2) general assembly's professional staff; or (3) lobby registration commission; to possess a handgun on the Indiana government center campus if the person is otherwise permitted to possess a handgun. Allows a person who wishes to carry a handgun in another state under a reciprocity agreement entered into by Indiana and the other state to obtain a license to carry a handgun. Beginning July 1, 2022, permits a person not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law to possess a firearm on any property that is: (1) affiliated with; (2) operated or managed by; (3) owned by; or (4) leased by; the department of natural resources. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Public Policy
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Nisly, Payne, Jeter
 
HB1128INDEPENDENT AUDIT OF GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO COVID. (JACOB J) Establishes the select COVID-19 audit commission to conduct an independent, in depth, and extensive audit of the COVID-19 state disaster emergency and the response of government and society to COVID-19. Makes an appropriation.
 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 Nisly, Payne, Borders
 
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
 
HB1131EMERGENCY POWERS AND ORDERS. (LUCAS J) Removes specified emergency powers of the governor. Provides that an emergency order issued by: (1) the Indiana state department of health expires after 14 days unless renewal is authorized by the general assembly; and (2) a local health officer order expires after 14 days unless renewal is authorized by the local legislative body. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Rules and Legislative Procedures
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Coauthored by Representatives Prescott, Payne, Judy
 
HB1132FIREARMS MATTERS. (LUCAS J) Allows a person to possess or carry a handgun without a license unless the person: (1) has been convicted of certain crimes or delinquent offenses; (2) has been prohibited by a court from possessing a handgun or has been found by a court to be dangerous; or (3) has been found by a court to be mentally incompetent, has been involuntarily committed, or has been the subject of a 90 day or regular commitment. Repeals the current offense of carrying a handgun without a license and makes it a Class A misdemeanor for certain persons to possess or carry a handgun. Increases the penalty to a Level 5 felony in some instances. Makes conforming amendments and repeals obsolete provisions. Makes a technical correction.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to House Public Policy
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Jim Lucas
 
HB1136NET METERING FOR ELECTRICITY GENERATION. (COOK A) Amends the statute concerning distributed electricity generation as follows: (1) Defines a "public use customer" of an electricity supplier as a customer that is: (A) a school corporation; or (B) a local unit. (2) Provides that an electricity supplier's net metering tariff must be made and remain available to customers until the earlier of: (A) January 1 of the first calendar year after the calendar year in which the aggregate amount of net metering facility nameplate capacity under the electricity supplier's net metering tariff equals at least 3% (versus 1.5% under current law) of the electricity supplier's most recent summer peak load; or (B) July 1, 2025 (versus July 1, 2022, under current law). (3) Provides that before July 1, 2022, an electricity supplier shall amend its net metering tariff, or file a new net metering tariff with the utility regulatory commission (IURC), to do the following: (A) Establish as the allowed limit on the aggregate amount of net metering facility nameplate capacity under the tariff an amount equal to at least 3% of the electricity supplier's most recent summer peak load. (B) Allow a public use customer that: (i) operates a net metering facility on a premises that the public use customer owns or controls before the installation of the net metering facility; and (ii) is billed by the electricity supplier for electricity measured at more than one meter; to choose to be billed or credited for the difference between the kilowatt hours delivered by the electricity supplier as measured by any one or more of those meters, not to exceed three, and the kilowatt hours generated and delivered to the electricity supplier by the net metering facility. (4) Provides that before July 1, 2022, the IURC shall make similar amendments to its net metering rules. (5) Specifies that any repairs, updates, or upgrades to portions of a net metering facility that do not increase the nameplate capacity of the net metering facility are not considered a replacement of the net metering facility for purposes of certain provisions providing for the extended availability of an electricity supplier's net metering tariff for customers that install a net metering facility before certain specified deadlines. (6) Specifies that net metering customers must comply with certain safety, performance, and reliability standards with which customers that produce distributed generation must comply. (7) Specifies that a net metering customer has certain rights regarding the installation and ownership of a net metering facility that a customer that produces distributed generation has with respect to the installation and ownership of distributed generation equipment. (8) Adds a noncode provision staying the implementation of a rate or tariff for the procurement of excess distributed generation for which an electricity supplier has applied or received approval from the IURC under current law, until such time as the conditions for the expiration of the electricity supplier's net metering tariff, as set forth in the bill, apply to the electricity supplier.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Schaibley
 
HB1139REGULATION OF DAMS. (LEONARD D) Provides that the laws regulating dams apply only to a structure that meets two or more of the following conditions: (1) Exceeds 20 feet in height. (2) Has a drainage area above the dam of more than one square mile. (3) Impounds a volume of more than 100 acre-feet of water. Requires the department of natural resources (department) to establish a classification system for dams based on: (1) the height of the structure and the volume of water impounded by the structure; and (2) the force of the water and the likely consequences resulting from the uncontrolled release of its contents due to a failure or misoperation of the structure. Changes the classification categories for dams from high hazard, significant hazard, and low hazard to high capacity, significant capacity, and low capacity. Changes the standard to determine potential consequences for a failure from "may cause" to "likely to cause". Requires the department to have jurisdiction over a dam to raise the dam's classification to high capacity upon receiving a request from a downstream owner. Provides that changes to the law do not affect past inspections.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Committee on Natural Resources
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Daniel Leonard
 
HB1172EMINENT DOMAIN BY PUBLIC UTILITIES. (CHERRY R) Defines a "pipeline company" and a "public utility" for purposes of the statute governing the general procedures to be used in acquiring property by eminent domain. Amends the statute with respect to an eminent domain action filed by a public utility or a pipeline company after June 30, 2022, as follows: (1) Provides that the public utility or pipeline company must pay the defendant landowner not less than the amount of damages specified in the court appraisers' report for the property or easement condemned, subject to the landowner's right to file written exceptions to the court appraisers' assessment and proceed to trial. (2) Eliminates a provision in current law exempting a plaintiff public utility or pipeline company from having to pay a defendant's reasonable costs and attorney's fees (not to exceed $25,000) incurred by the defendant in filing an objection to an eminent domain action, if the objection is sustained by a trial court or on appeal. (3) Requires a plaintiff public utility or pipeline company to pay to the circuit court clerk the amount of damages assessed by the court appraisers. (Current law allows a plaintiff in an eminent domain action to pay such amount to the court in order to take possession of and hold interest in the property acquired.) (4) Provides that the plaintiff public utility's or pipeline company's required offer of settlement before trial may not be less than the amount of damages specified in the court appraisers' report for the property or easement condemned. (5) Makes conforming amendments. Amends the statute with respect to an eminent domain action filed by any plaintiff to provide that if there is a trial and the amount of damages awarded to the defendant by the judgment is greater than the amount specified in the plaintiff's last offer of settlement, the court shall award the defendant costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, in an amount not to exceed the fair market value of the defendant's property or easement (versus an amount not to exceed the lesser of: (1) $25,000; or (2) the fair market value of the defendant's property or easement; under current law).
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Judiciary
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Negele
 
HB1184REGULATION OF PFAS CONTAMINANTS. (DVORAK R) Requires the state department of health (state department) to establish state maximum contaminant levels for PFAS in water provided by public water systems. Provides that maximum contaminant levels established by the state department: (1) must be protective of public health, including the health of vulnerable subpopulations; and (2) may not be less stringent than any maximum contaminant level or health advisory promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Environmental Affairs
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Ryan Dvorak
 
HB1206RAILROAD TRACK CROSSINGS. (YOUNG J) Provides that a railroad company must make, maintain, and repair certain of its crossings at its expense unless certain conditions are met.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Roads and Transportation
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By John Young
 
HB1209CARBON SEQUESTRATION PROJECTS. (SOLIDAY E) Provides for the mechanism for underground storage of carbon dioxide in Indiana. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - House Natural Resources, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - added as coauthor Representative Abbott D
1/12/2022 - added as coauthor Representative Manning
 
HB1224GOVERNMENT INVESTMENTS AND CONTRACTS. (MANNING E) Provides that the state, a political subdivision, or a separate or independent body corporate and politic may not make certain investments in companies that boycott energy companies or companies that do business with energy companies. Provides that a state or local governmental body may not enter into a contract with certain companies for the purchase of supplies or services unless the contract contains a written verification from the company that the company does not boycott energy companies and will not boycott energy companies during the term of the contract.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Reassigned to Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications
1/6/2022 - First Reading
 
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
 
HB1245CONNECTIONS TO WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS. (PRESSEL J) Prohibits a local unit or a water or wastewater utility from charging or collecting from a property owner a connection fee that: (1) is established after June 30, 2022; and (2) includes contributions in aid of construction. Provides that if a local unit or a utility charges a property owner a connection fee that is established after June 30, 2022, and that is based, in whole or in part, on contributions in aid of construction, the property owner may file with the Indiana utility regulatory commission (IURC), not later than 30 days after the date the connection fee is first imposed on the property owner, a petition challenging the connection fee. Provides that if the IURC determines the connection fee is based in whole or in part on contributions in aid of construction, the IURC shall invalidate the connection fee. Amends the Indiana Code section setting forth the powers of a regional water, sewer, or solid waste district (district) to eliminate the authority of a district to adopt an ordinance providing for a penalty of up to $100 for a property owner's failure to connect to a sewer system operated by the district. Provides that any such ordinance adopted by a district before July 1, 2022: (1) may not be enforced; and (2) is void and of no effect; after June 30, 2022.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Jim Pressel
 
HB1249CARBON SEQUESTRATION PILOT PROJECT. (ABBOTT D) Changes the description of the carbon sequestration pilot project that is authorized under current law. Eliminates the requirement that the operator of the carbon sequestration pilot project be designated by the director of the department of natural resources. Defines "carbon sequestration claim" as a civil action alleging actual or potential infringement of, interference with, or damage to real or personal property rights or interests arising from: (1) the operation of the carbon sequestration pilot project; or (2) the actual or potential presence or migration in the subsurface of injectate from the carbon sequestration pilot project. Provides that a person may not maintain a carbon sequestration claim unless the person pleads and proves: (1) actual interference with the reasonable use of the person's property; or (2) direct and tangible physical damage to the person's property. Provides that a person asserting a carbon sequestration claim may not recover damages for the diminution of the value of the person's real property due solely to any perceived risk associated with the operation of the carbon sequestration pilot project.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - House Natural Resources, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - added as coauthor Representative Eberhart
1/6/2022 - Referred to House Natural Resources
 
HB1256SUBDIVIDING LAND. (ELLINGTON J) Requires a unit to allow a property owner to subdivide the owner's property by deed if certain requirements are met. Requires the property owner to file an application with the plan commission accompanied by a plat drawing, the recorded deed of the parent parcel, and any application fee. Provides that the application must be reviewed and approved by the plan commission staff or the plan director, without a public hearing or the approval of the plan commission. Provides that approval of the application does not exempt the property owner from complying with any other requirements regarding construction of a new single family residential home, including obtaining a building permit. Provides that if the number of lots that are created by the subdivision make the provisions of the subdivision ordinance applicable, the property owner must comply with the ordinance, except for any provisions controlling lot size.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to House Local Government
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Jeff Ellington
 
HB1263SEWER AND STORM WATER FEES INCURRED BY TENANTS. (SMITH V) Establishes billing procedures for municipal sewage or storm water user fees assessed for real property that is occupied by someone other than the owner. Provides that a lien does not attach for user fees assessed against real property occupied by someone other than the owner under certain circumstances. Requires the assessing entity to release certain liens and delinquent user fees upon receipt of a verified demand in writing from the owner.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications
 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
 
HB1276PFAS CHEMICAL BLOOD TESTING PROGRAM. (BAUER M) Establishes the PFAS chemical blood testing program under the department of health (department) for the purpose of blood testing certain individuals for a higher concentration of PFAS chemicals to study the health effects of a higher concentration of PFAS chemicals in an individual's blood. Provides that not later than November 1 of each year, the department shall report to the legislative council on the results of the PFAS blood testing program for the previous state fiscal year.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to House Public Health
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Mayfield
 
HB1285REDISTRICTING LOCAL ELECTION DISTRICTS. (TESHKA J) Provides that redistricting election districts for local and school board offices must occur at certain times. Removes the discretionary ability of political subdivisions to redistrict election districts at times other than those required by statute. Consolidates certain local redistricting statutes in the same location. Changes population parameters to reflect the population count determined under the 2020 decennial census. Repeals obsolete statutes and makes other conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to House Elections and Apportionment
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Jake Teshka
 
HB1287CLIMATE CHANGE COMMISSION. (HAMILTON C) Establishes the Indiana climate change mitigation and resilience commission.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to House Environmental Affairs
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Carey Hamilton
 
HB1401DESCRIPTION OF POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS. (ENGLEMAN K) Amends various statutes to name the political subdivisions described by population parameters or other identifying terms. Updates multipliers that are based on a county's population and used in determining distributions made by the department of correction to county misdemeanant funds. Removes language providing that changes to boundaries of certain political subdivisions may not take effect during the year immediately before the year a federal decennial census is conducted. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Referred to House Judiciary
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - First Reading
1/13/2022 - Coauthored by Representative Young J
 
SB1AUTOMATIC TAXPAYER REFUND. (HOLDMAN T) Removes a provision that requires taxpayers to have adjusted gross income tax liability in order to qualify for an automatic taxpayer refund. Makes clarifying changes.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
1/11/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Gaskill
 
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)
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy
1/6/2022 - First Reading
 
SB6BAIL FOR VIOLENT ARRESTEES. (YOUNG M) Defines "violent arrestee" and "minimum bail amount", and requires: (1) a court to review the probable cause affidavit or arrest warrant before releasing a violent arrestee on bail; (2) bail to be set following a hearing in open court; and (3) a violent arrestee released on bail to pay 100% of the minimum bail amount by cash deposit. Prohibits a third party who is not a close relative of the violent arrestee from posting bail for the violent arrestee.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Corrections and Criminal Law, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - Senate Corrections and Criminal Law, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/4/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Baldwin
 
SB8NONPROFIT BAIL FUNDING. (FREEMAN A) Allows a charitable organization to pay bail on behalf of a defendant if the organization meets certain criteria. Exempts from the certification requirement a charitable organization that pays bail for not more than two individuals in any 180 day period. Provides that if money or bonds have been set, bail by surety may be substituted for the money or bonds at any time before a breach. Prohibits the state and a political subdivision from: (1) posting bail for any person; or (2) providing a grant to any entity that provides funding for any person. Requires a court to apply the bail to certain court costs. Prohibits an entity that has received a grant from the state or a political subdivision from posting bail for any person or providing a grant, directly or indirectly, to an entity that posts bail for any person.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Corrections and Criminal Law, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - Senate Corrections and Criminal Law, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/4/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Baldwin
 
SB9ELECTRONIC MONITORING STANDARDS. (WALKER K) Establishes standards, including staffing minimums and notification time frames, for persons and entities responsible for monitoring individuals required to wear a monitoring device as a condition of probation, parole, pretrial release, or community corrections. Makes conforming amendments. Provides that a defendant commits escape if the defendant disables or interferes with the operation of an electronic monitoring device. (Under current law, the defendant commits the offense by removing an electronic monitoring device.) Requires a court to revoke the bail of a defendant who commits escape.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Corrections and Criminal Law, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - Senate Corrections and Criminal Law, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Corrections and Criminal Law
 
SB15GOVERNMENT ACQUISITION AND DISPOSITION OF FIREARMS. (TOMES J) Specifies that a law enforcement agency having possession of a firearm may not destroy the firearm unless the serial number of the firearm was obliterated at the time the law enforcement agency took custody of it. Prohibits a local unit of government, including a law enforcement agency, from conducting a firearm buyback program.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - added as second author Senator Kruse
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Judiciary
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
SB18PROHIBITION OF LOCAL BANS ON SPECIFIC DOG BREEDS. (DORIOT B) Provides that a local unit of government may not adopt or continue in effect any ordinance, rule, regulation, or resolution that: (1) bans; or (2) prohibits a person from owning, possessing, keeping, harboring, transporting, purchasing, or selling; a dog in a manner that is specific to breed.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Rogers
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Local Government
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
SB20CEMETERY MANAGEMENT. (RAATZ J) Permits a city or town, county, and township to appoint a cemetery caretaker to control and manage cemeteries in the entity's care. Establishes requirements for a city or town to appoint a cemetery caretaker through a proposed ordinance. Provides that a cemetery caretaker is employed at the will of an executive of a city or town, a county board of commissioners, or a township trustee. Provides deadlines by which a vacancy in the cemetery caretaker position must be filled.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - added as second author Senator Kruse
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Local Government
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
SB21PAID EMPLOYEE LEAVE. (RANDOLPH L) Urges the legislative council to assign to an appropriate interim study committee during the 2022 legislative interim the task of studying paid personal leave from employment.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Pensions and Labor
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Lonnie Randolph
 
SB23PROTECTIVE ORDERS AND EMPLOYMENT. (RANDOLPH L) Provides that an employer may not discriminate against an employee with respect to compensation and benefits from the employer or terms and conditions of employment based on: (1) the employee's filing of a petition for a protective order, whether or not the protective order has been issued; or (2) the actions of an individual against whom the employee has filed a protective order.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Pensions and Labor
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Lonnie Randolph
 
SB26USE OF CONSUMER REPORTS FOR EMPLOYMENT PURPOSES. (RANDOLPH L) Prohibits an employer from using a consumer report for employment purposes unless certain conditions apply. Allows a consumer to bring a civil action against an employer for a violation of this provision. Provides that if the attorney general has reason to believe that an employer has violated the provision, the attorney general may bring one or both of the following: (1) An action to enjoin the violation. (2) An action to recover damages sustained by Indiana residents as a result of the violation. Makes it: (1) a Class B infraction for a knowing or intentional violation of the provision; or (2) a Class A infraction if an employer has a prior unrelated judgment for a violation of the provision.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Pensions and Labor
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Lonnie Randolph
 
SB27DRIVER INSTRUCTIONS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES. (RANDOLPH L) Requires the bureau of motor vehicles to include in any driver's manual published by the bureau: (1) a description of law enforcement procedures during a traffic stop; and (2) actions a motorist should take during a traffic stop, including appropriate interactions with law enforcement officers. Requires the driver education advisory board to consult with and advise the commissioner of the bureau of motor vehicles and the state police department regarding instruction on: (1) law enforcement procedures during traffic stops; and (2) actions a motorist should take during a traffic stop, including appropriate interactions with law enforcement officers.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Transportation
 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
 
SB29EMINENT DOMAIN. (BUCK J) Increases the compensation paid to a property owner for condemnation from the property's fair market value to 120% of the property's fair market value. Increases the amount of attorney's fees and litigation expenses that may be paid to a property owner in a condemnation action.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Committee recommends passage, as amended Yeas: 9; Nays: 0;
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Local Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/6/2022 - Senate Local Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 
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
 
SB32SESSIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. (BUCK J) Changes the legislative session cycle beginning in 2023 to: (1) eliminate the second regular session of the general assembly; and (2) require a regular session of the general assembly to adjourn sine die not later than May 15 of any odd-numbered year. Makes technical and conforming changes.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By James Buck
 
SB35LOGJAM REMOVAL FUND. (KRUSE D) Establishes the logjam removal fund through the department of natural resources for the purpose of removing logjams or obstructions in waterways.
 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 Appropriations
 
SB62SALE OF TAX SALE PROPERTIES TO NONPROFITS. (YOUNG M) Permits a county treasurer to offer for sale a tract or item of real property on the county auditor's tax sale list to an eligible nonprofit entity prior to the scheduled tax sale. Provides that not more than 10% of the real property on the tax sale list may be sold to eligible nonprofit entities. Requires an eligible nonprofit entity to file certain information with the county executive not later than 30 days prior to the scheduled tax sale in order to participate in an early sale.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Local Government
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Michael Young
 
SB68RETURN OF LOST PETS TO OWNERS. (ALTING R) Requires an animal care facility to adopt policies and procedures that govern the return of lost or stray dogs and cats to the dog's or cat's owner. Provides animal care policies and procedures that an animal care facility may include to return lost or stray dogs and cats to the dog's or cat's owner.
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - added as second author Senator Qaddoura
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Agriculture
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
SB73ANNEXATION. (BOOTS P) Provides, with certain exceptions, that the following apply to annexations for which an annexation ordinance is adopted after March 31, 2022: (1) To proceed with an annexation initiated by the municipality, the municipality must file a petition with the court signed by: (A) at least 51% of the owners of non-tax exempt land; or (B) the owners of at least 75% in assessed valuation of non-tax exempt land; in the annexation territory. (2) If the petition has enough signatures, the court must hold a hearing to review the annexation. (3) Adds provisions regarding the validity of signatures. (4) Eliminates remonstrances and reimbursement of remonstrator's attorney's fees and costs. (5) Voids remonstrance waivers. (6) Eliminates provisions regarding contiguity of a public highway and that prohibit an annexation from taking effect in the year before a federal decennial census is conducted. Voids a settlement agreement in lieu of annexation executed after March 31, 2022. (7) Eliminates the requirement that a municipality adopt a fiscal plan if the annexation is petitioned for by 100% of the owners of land within the annexation territory.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Committee recommends passage Yeas: 6; Nays: 3;
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Local Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/10/2022 - added as second author Senator Niemeyer
 
SB76MEET AND CONFER FOR PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES. (BOOTS P) Allows an employer or an exclusive recognized representative of full-time employees of a police or fire department (exclusive representative) to request, in specified circumstances, an advisory opinion from the commissioner of labor (commissioner). Specifies a process by which an employer or exclusive representative may appeal in certain instances to the commissioner to request mediation and conciliation. Makes technical corrections and a conforming amendment.
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - Referred to House
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Niezgodski
1/11/2022 - added as third author Senator Young M
 
SB781977 PENSION AND DISABILITY FUND. (BOOTS P) Provides that after July 1, 2022, if the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system (system board) determines that a new police officer or firefighter in the public employees' retirement fund (PERF) should be a member of the 1977 fund, the system board shall require the employer to transfer the member into the 1977 fund and contribute the amount that the system board determines is necessary to fund fully the member's service credit in the 1977 fund for all service earned as a police officer or firefighter in PERF. Provides that a police officer or firefighter who is an active member of the 1977 fund with an employer that participates in the 1977 fund, separates from that employer, and more than 180 days after the date of the separation becomes employed as a full-time police officer or firefighter with the same or a second employer that participates in the 1977 fund, is a member of the 1977 fund without meeting the age limitations under certain circumstances. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on pension management oversight.)
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - Referred to House
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - House sponsor: Representative Frye R
1/11/2022 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 8: yeas 46, nays 0
 
SB791977 PENSION AND DISABILITY FUND. (BOOTS P) Establishes the 1977 fund defined contribution plan (plan). Provides that current employees may make contributions to the plan. Specifies rules and requirements for the plan concerning items that include member elections, member contributions, vesting, rollover distributions, and withdrawal of funds. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on pension management oversight.)
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Appropriations, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Qaddoura
1/6/2022 - added as third author Senator Rogers
 
SB85DRAINAGE TASK FORCE. (LEISING J) Establishes a drainage task force consisting of six members of the senate, six members of the house of representatives, and six other individuals. Requires the task force to: (1) review the responsibilities of landowners and state and local authorities under current laws relating to the drainage of land; (2) make certain determinations concerning drainage and regulatory matters; and (3) determine whether the balance between state authority and local authority over drainage of agricultural land favors state authority more in Indiana than in neighboring states. Authorizes the task force to make recommendations. Requires the task force to issue a report and, not later than December 1, 2023, submit the report to the executive director of the legislative services agency for distribution to the members of the general assembly and to the governor.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
1/11/2022 - added as third author Senator Raatz
 
SB90RIGHT-OF-WAY AND THOROUGHFARES. (DORIOT B) Prohibits a county from increasing the apparent right-of-way for a county highway by requiring a dedication of additional right-of-way as part of a subdivision plat, and requires the county to acquire additional right-of-way through eminent domain. Prohibits a unit of local government from establishing or expanding a thoroughfare by requiring the dedication of private property as part of a subdivision plat, and requires the unit of local government to acquire private property for the establishment or expansion of a thoroughfare through eminent domain. Prohibits a county and a unit of local government from imposing an additional fee on applicants that file subdivision plats in which the county or unit of local government must proceed with eminent domain.
 Current Status:   1/11/2022 - added as second author Senator Rogers
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Local Government
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
 
SB116PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS. (FREEMAN A) Provides that a county treasurer shall waive the delinquent property tax penalty if a taxpayer or taxpayer's representative: (1) petitions the county treasurer to waive the penalty not later than 30 days after the due date of the installment subject to the penalty; and (2) files with the petition written proof that during the seven day period ending on the installment due date the taxpayer or an immediate family member of the taxpayer died. Provides that the county treasurer shall give written notice to the taxpayer or the taxpayer's representative by mail of the treasurer's determination on the petition not later than 30 days after the petition is filed. Provides that the department of local government finance shall prescribe the form of the petition and the type of written proof required. Provides that a taxpayer or a taxpayer's representative may appeal a determination of the county treasurer to deny a penalty waiver by filing a notice in writing with the treasurer not more than 45 days after the treasurer gives the taxpayer or the taxpayer's representative notice of the determination.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Local Government
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Aaron Freeman
 
SB117POLICE LOG INFORMATION. (WALKER K) Provides that records containing personal information, including name, relating to the victim of a crime or delinquent act who is less than 18 years of age may not be disclosed by a public agency, unless access to the records is specifically required by a state or federal statute or is ordered by a court under the rules of discovery. Provides that a law enforcement agency shall maintain a daily log or record that lists suspected or investigated crimes, accidents, or complaints. (Current law provides that a law enforcement agency shall maintain a daily log or record that lists suspected crimes, accidents, or complaints.) Prohibits, after June 30, 2023, the broadcast of a Social Security number by police radio unless the broadcast is encrypted.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
1/12/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Yoder
 
SB119TAXATION OF FARM PROPERTY. (NIEMEYER R) Makes new farm equipment and new agricultural improvements eligible for local tax abatement using the same procedures for tax abatement under current law for new manufacturing equipment, new research and development equipment, new logistical distribution equipment, and new information technology equipment, or redevelopment and rehabilitation in the case of new agricultural improvements. Limits an abatement schedule for new farm equipment and new agricultural improvements to not more than five years. Specifies how agricultural improvements shall be assessed for tax purposes.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - added as second author Senator Boehnlein
1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy
 
SB120DISTRIBUTION OF REVENUE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY PURPOSES. (NIEMEYER R) Provides that, subject to the approval of a county adopting body, a fire protection district or a qualified fire protection territory may apply for distributions of tax revenue. Provides that a township that provides fire protection or emergency medical services (other than a township in Marion County) may apply to a county adopting body for a distribution of tax revenue for public safety purposes. Requires the adopting body to conduct a public hearing to review and approve the application. Specifies the method for determining the amount of the distribution to the qualified township.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Second reading ordered engrossed
1/13/2022 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
 
SB122ANNUAL INSPECTION OF CFOS. (NIEMEYER R) Requires the owner or operator of a confined feeding operation (CFO, which is defined as an animal feeding operation having at least 300 cattle, 600 swine or sheep, 30,000 fowl, or 500 horses) to annually submit to the department of environmental management (department) a report concerning the operation of the CFO and any satellite manure storage structure associated with the CFO. Requires the department, after receiving a report concerning a CFO, to conduct an onsite inspection of the CFO to verify the information contained in the report. Requires the environmental rules board to adopt rules that: (1) adopt a form to be used by owners or operators of CFOs in submitting annual reports; (2) specify the information concerning a CFO that must be contained in an annual report; and (3) provide for the performance by the department of annual inspections of CFOs.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Environmental Affairs
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Rick Niemeyer
 
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)
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Appropriations
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
SB139MANUFACTURED HOUSING. (DORIOT B) Prohibits a governmental body from regulating or restricting the installation of a mobile home, manufactured home, or industrialized residential structure based on the age or size of the mobile home, manufactured home, or industrialized residential structure, regardless of whether: (1) the mobile home, manufactured home, or industrialized residential structure; or (2) the lot on which, or the mobile home community in which, it is or will be located or installed; constitutes a conforming structure or use, or a legal, nonconforming structure or use. Provides that after March 14, 2022: (1) a unit may not adopt, impose, amend, or enforce a regulation, or a provision in a regulation, that violates this prohibition, regardless of when the regulation or provision was originally adopted or imposed; and (2) any provision that: (A) is included in a regulation adopted or imposed by a unit; and (B) violates this prohibition; is void and unenforceable regardless of when the regulation or provision was originally adopted or imposed. Prohibits a unit from adopting, imposing, or enforcing a regulation that mandates size requirements for, or that is based on the age of, a mobile home, a manufactured home, or an industrialized residential structure that will be installed in a mobile home community, regardless of whether the mobile home community, or any part of the mobile home community, constitutes: (1) a conforming structure or use; or (2) a legal, nonconforming structure or use. Provides that after March 14, 2022: (1) a unit may not adopt, impose, amend, or enforce a regulation, or a provision in a regulation, that violates this prohibition, regardless of when the regulation or provision was originally adopted or imposed; and (2) any provision that: (A) is included in a regulation adopted or imposed by a unit; and (B) violates this prohibition; is void and unenforceable regardless of when the regulation or provision was originally adopted or imposed. Amends the statute concerning the reconstruction of nonconforming structures to provide that whenever a legal, nonconforming structure, including: (1) a mobile home; (2) a manufactured home; or (3) an industrialized residential structure; on a parcel of real property used for residential purposes is removed, the owner of the parcel shall be permitted to replace the structure without losing the status of the structure or parcel as a legal, nonconforming structure or use if the replacement meets the existing statutory requirements. Provides that these provisions concerning the continuing status of the structure or parcel as a legal, nonconforming structure or use apply after March 14, 2022, regardless of whether: (1) the structure or parcel is conferred status as a legal, nonconforming structure or use; or (2) the legal nonconforming structure is: (A) damaged, destroyed, or removed; or (B) reconstructed, renovated, repaired, or replaced; before or after March 15, 2022.
 Current Status:   1/20/2022 - Senate Local Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - added as second author Senator Rogers
1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Local Government
 
SB142COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS BILLBOARDS. (SANDLIN J) Provides that the: (1) board of directors (board) of an agricultural fair society, association, or corporation; or (2) the county legislative body that owns or operates a county fairgrounds; may request the placement of one digital billboard at a location on the real property of the fairgrounds selected by the board. Provides that the county or municipality or other governing body with authority to zone land shall permit the placement of one digital billboard on the real property of the county fairgrounds if the board makes such a request. Provides that the owner of the real property of the county fairgrounds shall receive any revenue attributable to the placement of the digital billboard on the real property.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Local Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - added as second author Senator Doriot
1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Local Government
 
SB143SELF-DEFENSE. (BALDWIN S) Specifies that "reasonable force" includes the pointing of a loaded or unloaded firearm for purposes of self-defense and arrest statutes.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Corrections and Criminal Law, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Corrections and Criminal Law
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
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
 
SB146ATTACHMENTS TO ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION POLES. (KOCH E) Amends the statute concerning attachments of equipment by cable operators (attaching entities) to electric distribution poles owned or controlled by rural electric cooperatives or by municipalities providing electric service (pole owners) as follows: (1) Specifies that an attaching entity must have the pole owner's written permission specifically authorizing an attachment for each pole on which the attaching entity seeks to place an attachment. (2) Provides that: (A) an attaching entity is responsible for transferring an authorized attachment not later than 30 days (versus 90 days under current law) after receiving written notice from the pole owner to do so; and (B) if, after the expiration of this 30 day (versus 90 day under current law) period, the attaching entity has failed to rearrange or transfer the attaching entity's system (or portion of the attaching entity's system), the pole owner may rearrange, transfer, or relocate the system (or portion of the system), and the attaching entity shall reimburse the pole owner for the pole owner's costs. (3) Specifies that the attaching entity shall indemnify and hold harmless the pole owner from any loss or liability in connection with the pole owner's actions in rearranging, transferring, or relocating the attaching entity's system (or portion of the system).
 Current Status:   1/20/2022 - Senate Utilities, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Utilities, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Utilities
 
SB153ANNUAL CUSTOMER REPORTS BY UTILITIES. (BREAUX J) Requires a utility that: (1) is under the jurisdiction of the Indiana utility regulatory commission (IURC) for the approval of rates and charges; and (2) provides electric, natural gas, water, or wastewater utility service at retail to residential customers and low income customers in Indiana; to annually report to the IURC certain data concerning customer accounts and low income customer accounts. Provides that: (1) a utility shall report all required information in the aggregate and in a manner that does not identify individual customers and low income customers; and (2) the IURC may not require utilities to disclose confidential and proprietary business information without adequate protection of the information. Authorizes the IURC to adopt rules and emergency rules to implement these provisions. Provides that, beginning in 2023, the IURC shall annually compile and summarize the information received from utilities for the most recent reporting period and include the IURC's summary of the information in the IURC's annual report to the interim study committee on energy, utilities, and telecommunications.
 Current Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Utilities
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - First Reading
1/4/2022 - Authored By Jean Breaux
 
SB157DISPOSITION OF REAL PROPERTY BY INDOT. (CRIDER M) Provides that an agency real estate professional may determine the fair market value of real property the department of transportation (INDOT) owns and is seeking to sell under certain conditions. Makes conforming changes. Provides that real property shall be appraised prior to acquisition by INDOT, except under certain conditions concerning donation and valuation of the real property. Requires INDOT to prepare a waiver valuation if an appraisal is unnecessary. Suspends certain rules for persons preparing or reviewing a waiver valuation. Provides that INDOT may sell real property without advertising or competitive bids under certain circumstances. Extends the sunset of certain public-private agreement provisions from June 30, 2023, to June 30, 2031.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Bills on Third Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - added as second author Senator Doriot
1/13/2022 - Second reading ordered engrossed
 
SB158PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATORS. (CRIDER M) Requires a public safety telecommunicator to successfully complete certain minimum basic training requirements and to annually complete 24 hours of continuing education.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Homeland Security and Transportation, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Transportation
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
SB163TOWN FISCAL MANAGEMENT. (YOUNG M) Changes the population point that distinguishes a second class city from a third class city from 35,000 to 34,000. Authorizes a town with a population of more than 34,000 to create the office of town controller, appointed by the town legislative body.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Local Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Local Government
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
SB166TAX EXEMPTION FOR P3 PROPERTY. (WALKER K) Adds definitions for "transportation facility" and "transportation project". Provides that a governmental body may enter into a public-private agreement with respect to a transportation project. Provides that any public-private agreement with respect to a transportation project may use tolling or availability payments to finance all or a portion of the project. Provides that a governmental body may also enter into a development agreement with a private party for the development, construction, and financing of a privately owned and operated transportation or infrastructure project if the development agreement meets certain conditions. Provides for a property tax exemption and a sales tax exemption.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/4/2022 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy
1/4/2022 - First Reading
 
SB176AGRICULTURAL LAND USED FOR WIND OR SOLAR ENERGY. (LEISING J) Requires the Indiana utility regulatory commission (IURC) to include in its annual report to the governor and the chairman of the legislative council the following information concerning utility grade wind power devices (devices) and utility grade solar energy facilities (facilities) for each county in Indiana: (1) The total number of devices and facilities installed or under construction. (2) The total generating capacity of the devices and facilities. (3) The county's total land acreage that is occupied by, or otherwise part of a project or development that includes, one or more devices or facilities. (4) Of the occupied acreage, the percentage of that acreage that was assessed as agricultural land for property tax purposes: (A) as of the most recent assessment date; or (B) immediately before the commencement of construction of one or more devices or facilities on the land. Requires the IURC to present: (1) the IURC's annual report to the interim study committee on energy, utilities, and telecommunications (committee) before October 1 each year; and (2) the new information required under the bill: (A) before October 1, 2022, to the 21st century energy policy development task force; and (B) before October 1 of each year, to the standing committees of the senate and the house of representatives having subject matter jurisdiction over agricultural matters. Makes conforming amendments to the statute governing the committee's duties to monitor changes and competition in the energy utility industry.
 Current Status:   1/20/2022 - Senate Utilities, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - added as second author Senator Koch
1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Utilities
 
SB181DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION MATTERS. (FREEMAN A) Establishes certain conditions of parole for a person on lifetime parole and makes the violation of parole conditions and commission of specified other acts by a person on lifetime parole a Level 6 felony, with an enhancement to a Level 5 felony for a second or subsequent offense. Provides that, for purposes of calculating accrued time and good time credit, a calendar day includes a partial calendar day.
 Current Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Corrections and Criminal Law
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - First Reading
1/6/2022 - Authored By Aaron Freeman
 
SB184RESIDENTIAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. (HOLDMAN T) Removes the requirement that the governing body of a school corporation affected by a residential housing development program (program) approve the program by resolution before the program may take effect.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Local Government, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
 Recent Status:   1/6/2022 - Referred to Senate Local Government
1/6/2022 - First Reading
 
SB190WAIVER OF PENALTIES AND INTEREST. (HOLDMAN T) Provides that the fiscal body of a county may adopt an ordinance to establish a property tax amnesty program and require a waiver of interest and penalties added before January 1, 2022, on delinquent taxes and special assessments on real property in the county if: (1) all of the delinquent taxes and special assessments on the real property were first due and payable before January 1, 2022; and (2) before November 1, 2023, the taxpayer has paid all of these delinquent taxes and special assessments and has also paid all of the taxes and special assessments that are first due and payable after December 31, 2021. Requires the waiver of interest and penalties in these circumstances, notwithstanding any payment arrangement entered into by the county treasurer and the taxpayer. Provides that the waiver of interest and penalties under a program shall not apply to interest and penalties added to delinquent property tax installments or special assessments on real property that was purchased or sold in any prior tax sale.
 Current Status:   1/18/2022 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Bills on Second Reading
1/12/2022 - added as second author Senator Buchanan
 
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
 
SB248DISTRIBUTED ENERGY GENERATION. (BROWN L) Amends as follows the statute concerning electricity supplied to and generated by an electricity supplier's customers who own a distributed generation facility: (1) Specifies that "excess distributed generation" means the difference between: (A) the kilowatt hours of electricity generated by a customer and supplied back to the electricity supplier; and (B) the kilowatt hours of electricity delivered by the electricity supplier to the customer; as netted over the monthly billing period. (2) Provides for: (A) the billing or crediting, on a monthly basis, of a distributed generation customer for the kilowatt hours of electricity received by or supplied by the customer, as applicable; and (B) the rates at which the customer is to be credited or billed, as applicable, for those kilowatt hours. (3) Makes conforming changes in other provisions of the statute. Adds a noncode provision to address electricity suppliers that have applied for approval, or received approval, for an excess distributed generation rate or tariff from the utility regulatory commission (IURC) under current law, and to require that: (1) the IURC not approve any pending petitions unless those petitions comply with the bill's provisions; and (2) an electricity supplier that has been granted approval by the IURC of an excess distributed generation rate and tariff to file with the IURC, not later than 30 days after the enactment of the bill, an amended rate and tariff, so that both the rate and the tariff, as amended, comply with the bill's provisions.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Utilities
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Liz Brown
 
SB255CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE. (ALTING R) Establishes the climate and environmental justice task force (task force). Provides that the task force consists of 17 members. Requires the task force to: (1) develop a climate action plan that recommends policies the state should implement to systematically mitigate climate change, facilitate adaptation to the effects of climate change in Indiana, and simultaneously enhance statewide economic development; and (2) not later than November 1, 2022, submit the climate action plan to the executive director of the legislative services agency for distribution to the members of the general assembly and the governor. Requires the utility regulatory commission, not later than June 1, 2022, to issue a report forecasting the greenhouse gas emissions that will be produced by the power generation of Indiana's investor owned utility companies in each year from 2022 to 2050, based on the investor owned utility companies' current integrated resource plans.
 Current Status:   1/12/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Qaddoura
 Recent Status:   1/11/2022 - added as coauthor Senator Bohacek
1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Environmental Affairs
 
SB265CARBON SEQUESTRATION PILOT PROJECT. (FORD J) Changes the description of the carbon sequestration pilot project that is authorized under current law. Eliminates the requirement that the operator of the carbon sequestration pilot project be designated by the director of the department of natural resources. Defines "carbon sequestration claim" as a civil action alleging actual or potential infringement of, interference with, or damage to real or personal property rights or interests arising from: (1) the operation of the carbon sequestration pilot project; or (2) the actual or potential presence or migration in the subsurface of injectate from the carbon sequestration pilot project. Provides that a person may not maintain a carbon sequestration claim unless the person pleads and proves: (1) actual interference with the reasonable use of the person's property; or (2) direct and tangible physical damage to the person's property. Provides that a person asserting a carbon sequestration claim may not recover damages for the diminution of the value of the person's real property due solely to any perceived risk associated with the operation of the carbon sequestration pilot project.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Environmental Affairs
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Jon Ford
 
SB269REGULATION OF DAMS. (DONATO S) Provides that the laws regulating dams apply only to a structure that meets two or more of the following conditions: (1) Exceeds 20 feet in height. (2) Has a drainage area above the dam of more than one square mile. (3) Impounds a volume of more than 100 acre-feet of water. Requires the department of natural resources (department) to establish a classification system for dams based on: (1) the height of the structure and the volume of water impounded by the structure; and (2) the force of the water and the likely consequences resulting from the uncontrolled release of its contents due to a failure or misoperation of the structure. Changes the classification categories for dams from high hazard, significant hazard, and low hazard to high capacity, significant capacity, and low capacity. Changes the standard to determine potential consequences for a failure from "may cause" to "likely to cause". Requires the department to have jurisdiction over a dam to raise the dam's classification to high capacity upon receiving a request from a downstream owner. Provides that changes to the law do not affect past inspections.
 Current Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Natural Resources
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - First Reading
1/10/2022 - Authored By Stacey Donato
 
SB272WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE. (KOCH E) Provides that the Indiana finance authority (authority) shall serve as the executive branch coordinator for funding allocated or made available to the state or local communities from federal, state, and other sources for purposes related to water, wastewater, or storm water infrastructure and systems. Sets forth the duties of the authority with respect to this role. Provides that as a condition for receiving a loan or other financial assistance through the wastewater revolving loan program or the drinking water revolving loan program, a participant must: (1) demonstrate to the authority that it has developed an asset management program; and (2) submit the asset management program to the authority not later than the time of submission of the participant's preliminary engineering report for any project for which the loan or other financial assistance will be provided. (Current law provides that a participant must demonstrate that it has developed or is in the process of developing an asset management program.) Specifies that the authority shall coordinate the executive branch activities related to the state's water and wastewater programs. (Current law provides that the authority shall serve such a role with respect to the state's water programs.) Establishes a water and wastewater infrastructure research and extension program (program) to provide data collection and information, training, and technical assistance concerning: (1) water infrastructure; (2) wastewater infrastructure; and (3) storm water infrastructure; in Indiana. Provides that the authority shall: (1) contract with a state supported college or university in Indiana to provide the program; and (2) financially support the program from funds appropriated to the authority. Provides that the program may be housed within, or share staff with, the existing research and highway extension program at Purdue University. Provides that the program shall provide the following services and programs to, or for the benefit of, utilities providing water, wastewater, or storm water service in Indiana: (1) Assisting utilities in the development of asset management programs. (2) Serving as a central repository for data concerning infrastructure used to provide water, wastewater, or storm water service in Indiana. (3) Providing training and technical assistance to utilities and Indiana's water, wastewater, and storm water utility industry workforces. Requires the authority to make, not later than July 1, 2023, all: (1) utility asset management programs; and (2) information concerning utility asset lifecycle management costs; submitted to or reviewed by the authority available on an Internet web site maintained by the authority or the program. Requires that in carrying out all information gathering and reporting duties under the bill's provisions, the authority and the program shall use any data the authority or the program acquires in a manner that: (1) protects the confidential information of individual utilities and customers; and (2) is consistent with applicable statutory exclusions from disclosure under the state's public records act. Provides that as a condition for receiving a loan, grant, or other financial assistance through the water infrastructure assistance program or the water infrastructure grant program, a participant must do the following: (1) Submit the participant's required asset management program to the authority not later than the time of submission of the participant's preliminary engineering report for any project for which the loan, grant, or other financial assistance will be provided. (Current law does not specify when the asset management program must be submitted.) (2) Submit to the authority information on the estimated and actual life cycle management costs over the useful life of the asset financed. (3) In the case of a participant that is not under the jurisdiction of the Indiana utility regulatory commission (IURC), regularly report to all: (A) customers; (B) counties; and (C) municipalities; within the participant's service territory information concerning the participant's asset management program. Provides that the authority's project prioritization system for awarding assistance from the water infrastructure assistance fund and the water infrastructure grant fund must include as a variable the effect of a project on the environment. Requires the state board of education (state board) to approve, for purposes of the state's career and technical education graduation pathway, a utility career cluster that allows students to acquire knowledge and skills related to employment in the electric, natural gas, communications, water, and wastewater utility industries. Provides for the following with respect to a wastewater utility that is not subject to the jurisdiction of the IURC for the approval of rates and charges and that has been issued one or more enforcement orders (orders) by the department of environmental management (department) after June 30, 2022: (1) For the first order, the utility is subject to a summary review of its: (A) rate and charges; and (B) asset management program; by the IURC, in accordance with procedures determined by the IURC. (2) For a second order that is issued within two years of the first order, the utility is subject to rate regulation, following two base rate cases, by the IURC for a minimum period of five years. (3) For any order issued during the required rate regulation period, the IURC may, in consultation with the department, initiate a receivership proceeding with respect to the utility. Requires the governor's workforce cabinet (cabinet), in consultation with the state board, the department of education, and the department of workforce development, to create course sequences for the utility career cluster. Requires the cabinet to: (1) collect data each year regarding approved career clusters and course sequences to inform decision making around approving, creating, and amending current and future career clusters and course sequence requirements; and (2) prepare and submit, not later than November 1 of each year, a report to the legislative council regarding the collected data.
 Current Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Committee recommends passage, as amended Yeas: 10; Nays: 0;
 Recent Status:   1/13/2022 - Senate Utilities, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/10/2022 - added as second author Senator Charbonneau
 
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)
 Recent Status:   1/10/2022 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy
1/10/2022 - First Reading
 
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