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Legislative Updates

2017 General Assembly

Updated April 10, 2017

Brothers and Sisters,
                                 
   I am happy to report that four of our major bills have now passed the full Senate or House floors and are on their way to the Governor to sign.   HB1171 disciplinary rights for firefighters has passed the House 91-4 and now has passed the Senate floor 49-0. 

HB1617 is a bill that will increase the disability pension to a police officer or firefighter disabled in the line of duty with a catastrophic injury to a 100% of their salary and allow their minor children to attend a State university for free, this bill has passed the House and now has passed the Senate floor 49-0.

SB80 deals with allowing a police officer or firefighter that’s in the DROP and is disabled in the line of duty to take both benefits, this bill passed the Senate 50-0,  it passed the House floor 96-0. HB1122 deals with giving confidentiality rights to crisis intervention teams. 

The passing of these bills didn't happen by accident, its because we have spent years building relationships with legislators at the Statehouse and being there everyday talking about our issues.

I am sad to report that HB1124, the bill that will notify firefighters when a structure has light weight construction in it has failed again this year. There will be further discussion about reporting light weight construction and firefighter safety at the PFFUI state convention in Muncie next month. We plan on bringing this bill back in 2018.
There were around 100 bills we started tracking at the beginning of the session, below is a list of the bills that are still alive.   

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  House Bills Senate Bills

HB1023

PUBLIC SAFETY MATTERS (FRYE R) Adds a new national firefighting training standard to current standards eligible for emergency rulemaking. Exempts government facilities from being assessed emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form fees.

Current Status:

   

3/7/2017 - Senator Delph added as second sponsor

 

HB1116

COUNTY, CITY, AND TOWN OFFICER SALARY WAIVERS (LEHMAN M) Allows an elected officer of a county, city, or town to waive all or part of the officer's compensation. (Current law allows a town officer to waive all of the officer's compensation.)

Current Status:

  

2/20/2017 - Referred to Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure

 

HB1122

CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT SERVICES (WESCO T) Provides confidentiality protection to communications that emergency responders make to critical incident stress management personnel or records that are generated by critical incident stress management personnel after providing critical incident stress management services to emergency responders following a critical incident. Provides that critical incident stress management personnel are immune from liability for any acts, errors, or omissions committed in providing critical incident stress management services to emergency responders, unless the act, error, or omission constitutes wanton, willful, or intentional misconduct.

Current Status:

   

3/7/2017 - Senators Melton, Doriot, Niemeyer, Mrvan added as cosponsors

 

HB1129

LOCAL INCOME TAX (THOMPSON J) Adds law enforcement training to the permitted uses of the local income tax. Removes the requirement that the department of local government finance (DLGF) prescribe the form for notices, ordinances, and resolutions that may be adopted under the local income tax law. Removes DLGF's duty to prescribe the hearing requirements and procedures to be used for submitting a notice and vote results on ordinances and adopting and submitting an ordinance or a resolution and replaces it with the general requirements for hearings and procedures. Requires DLGF to prescribe the procedures to be used by the adopting body or governmental entity for submissions to the DLGF. Requires DLGF to notify the submitting entity within thirty (30) days of submission as to whether the department has received the necessary information. Provides that imposing a new tax or changing an existing tax is not effective until the DLGF notifies the adopting body or governmental entity that it has received the required information. Specifies that, for a county that adopted a levy freeze under the former county adjusted gross income tax (CAGIT) or county option income tax (COIT), the levy freeze must be funded using a minimum levy freeze rate that may not be decreased or rescinded unless the levy freeze dollar amount can be funded by a lower levy freeze rate for a year. Specifies that the maximum levy freeze tax rate is one percent (1%). Requires the adopting body to adopt an ordinance to lower the levy freeze tax rate to a rate approved by the department of local government finance. Requires that the allocation of property tax credits must be on the basis of the percentage of property tax replacement revenue within a property category. Removes real property, a mobile home, and industrialized housing that would qualify as a homestead if the taxpayer had filed for a homestead credit or the standard deduction from the list of real property that may be provided a homestead credit. Specifies that an adopting body must include in its allocation ordinance whether it is allocating additional revenue to funding for a public safety answering point (PSAP). Provides that unit level allocations must be based on total property taxes being imposed by the unit for the year preceding the distribution year. Authorizes the fiscal body of Guilford Township in Hendricks County to pass a resolution to place on the ballot a local public question on a public transportation project in the township. Requires Guilford Township to fund and carry out a public transportation project in the township if the voters approve the local public question. Specifies the conditions under which Guilford Township may impose an additional local income tax rate on county taxpayers who reside in the township. Makes technical changes to the local income tax laws. Corrects conflicts that involve references to the local income tax.

Current Status:

   

3/1/2017 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy

 

HB1145

STROKE PROTOCOLS FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL (ZENT D) Requires the emergency medical services commission to adopt rules concerning protocols for the identification, transport, and treatment of stroke patients by personnel providing emergency medical services. Requires the Indiana state department of health (department) to compile and maintain a list of: (1) certain certified stoke centers and hospitals; and (2) Indiana network participating hospitals. Requires certified hospitals to provide certain information to the department. Prohibits advertising that a facility is a stroke center or hospital unless the facility is certified.

Current Status:

   

3/8/2017 - Senate Health and Provider Services, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

 

HB1171

DISCIPLINARY PROCESS FOR FIREFIGHTERS (MAHAN K) Establishes minimum rights of a full-time, paid, nonprobationary member of a fire department to be represented in any interaction that may result in a firefighter's termination or demotion with cause. Allows the firefighter to choose representation by either or both of the following: (1) Legal counsel. (2) A labor organization representative or other representative. Provides that certain interactions with the firefighter's employer or supervisor may not proceed until the firefighter is provided a reasonable opportunity and amount of time to obtain the requested representation.

Current Status:

   

2/20/2017 - Referred to Senate Pensions and Labor

 

HB1318

INSURANCE MATTERS (CARBAUGH M) Provides that, for purposes of the insurance law, a United States Postal Service intelligent mail bar code tracking record, a certificate of mailing, or another similar first class mail method may be used as proof of mailing. Provides that an insurance producer education course may concern sales, motivation, psychology, and time management. Allows a prospective continuing education provider to electronically submit supporting materials for a course. Amends the description of an extraordinary dividend or distribution for purposes of the insurance holding company system law. Removes requirements for independent insurance adjuster applicants to submit Social Security numbers to the department of insurance. Changes references in the Lloyds insurance law from the auditor of state to the insurance commissioner. Removes certain transfer and notice requirements that apply to an insurer that transfers an insured under a commercial property and casualty, an automobile insurance, or a residential property policy to an affiliate of the insurer. Allows a person to exercise certain rights connected to a netting agreement, qualified financial contract, or similar agreements without respect to any provision of IC 27. Defines "cyber liability" for purposes of the tort claims act and allows the state to purchase a policy of insurance to cover cyber liability risks. Repeals a current transfer notice requirement that applies to residential property policies. Makes technical changes.

Current Status:

   

3/23/2017 - Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

 

HB1324

ACTIVATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES (FORESTAL D) Provides that a state employee who is a member of the Indiana National Guard or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States is entitled to: (1) a leave of absence without loss of time while on active duty; and (2) compensation in an amount that is equal to the difference between the member's active duty military pay and the salary the member would have received if the member was not called to active duty. Defines certain terms.

Current Status:

   

2/23/2017 - Referred to Senate Pensions and Labor

 

HB1350

GAMING TAXES (HUSTON T) Provides that certain tax rates apply to a riverboat in a historic hotel district. Makes the supplemental wagering tax 3% of a riverboat's adjusted gross receipts (AGR) for a riverboat that has relocated to an inland casino. Provides that the supplemental wagering tax shall be imposed starting the day operations begin at an inland casino. Provides that beginning July 1, 2018, the supplemental wagering tax is based on the riverboat's adjusted gross receipts multiplied by: (1) the total riverboat admissions tax that the riverboat paid beginning July1, 2016, and ending June 30, 2017; divided by (2) the riverboat's adjusted gross receipts beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017. Provides that for a one year period, the amount of wagering taxes that would be distributed to South Bend shall be deposited as being received from all riverboats whose supplemental wagering taxes is over 3.5% and distributed in the same manner as the supplemental wagering tax. Provides that after June 30, 2019, the amount of wagering taxes that would be distributed to South Bend shall be deposited in the state general fund. Provides that the Indiana income tax add back for: (1) 70% of deductions in state fiscal year 2019; and (2) 40% of deductions in state fiscal year 2020; is required for any deduction allowed on the taxpayer's federal income tax return for wagering taxes. Provides that after state fiscal year 2020, the Indiana income tax add back for deductions allowed under the Internal Revenue Code for taxes based on or measured by income and levied at the state level does not apply to any deduction allowed on the taxpayer's federal income tax return for wagering taxes. Removes references to "gambling excursions". Repeals flexible scheduling for riverboats.

Current Status:

   

2/23/2017 - Referred to Senate Appropriations

 

HB1370

COMPLETION OF TRAINING BY VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS (SMITH M) Requires a volunteer firefighter to successfully complete certain minimum basic training requirements before performing the emergency response duties of a volunteer firefighter.

 

Current Status:   

2/20/2017 - Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Transportation

 

HB1406

MANUFACTURING METHAMPHETAMINE (WASHBURNE T) Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally manufactures or finances the manufacture of methamphetamine commits manufacturing methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony. Specifies circumstances under which the crime is a Level 3 or Level 2 felony. Makes conforming amendments.

Current Status:

   

2/20/2017 - Referred to Senate Corrections and Criminal Law

 

HB1450

PROPERTY TAX MATTERS (LEONARD D) Provides that a political subdivision must upload a copy of a contract that the political subdivision enters into after June 30, 2016, to the Indiana transparency Internet web site if the total cost of the contract exceeds $50,000. Allows the department of local government finance (DLGF) to use estimated data to compute six year rolling averages for the purpose of determining the annual adjustments of assessed values between reassessments. Makes the statute specifying the assessed value of outdoor advertising signs permanent. Provides that certain outdoor signs shall be disregarded for the purpose of determining an assessment of the land on which the outdoor sign is located. Provides that a public utility that fails to timely file a statement concerning the property owned or used by the public utility on an assessment date shall remit the penalty to the department of state revenue. Defines the terms "installment loan" and "mortgage" for purposes of the mortgage deduction. Provides that, for purposes of claiming the mortgage deduction, the associated mortgage instrument that is recorded must include the terms of payment or other performance. Restates the conditions for when a taxpayer must reapply for various property tax deductions. Restates the requirement that a taxpayer file a certified statement with the county auditor when the taxpayer ceases to be eligible for the standard deduction for a property. Restates the provisions concerning the prohibition against dividing a controlled project in order to avoid the petition and remonstrance and referendum processes. Provides that both the executive of a political subdivision and a majority of the members of the fiscal body of a political subdivision may independently request technical assistance from the distressed unit appeal board in helping prevent the political subdivision from becoming a distressed political subdivision. Provides that a multiple county property tax assessment board of appeals shall submit to the DLGF, the Indiana board of tax review, and the legislative services agency separate reports for each county participating in the multiple county property tax assessment board of appeals. Authorizes, but does not require, the DLGF to adopt rules to limit the basis of payment for services provided by professionals who work on capital projects to a fee for service agreement. Provides that the DLGF may adopt a rule after June 30, 2016, and before September 1, 2017, that concerns or includes market segmentation and affects assessments for the January 1, 2018, assessment date. Provides that interest on a refund or credit owed to a taxpayer is computed until the date the county auditor determines the amount of the refund or credit. Provides that DLGF may not adopt a rule concerning the practice of a representative before a property tax assessment board or DLGF that restricts the ability of a certified public accountant to represent a client in a matter relating to the taxation of personal property or distributable property. Allows a county auditor, with the approval of the county treasurer, to waive, negotiate, or settle penalties that have accrued on delinquent property taxes. Eliminates the requirement in current law that the DLGF review a loan contract entered into by an airport authority. Provides that a conservancy district is not required to go through the budget review process unless the conservancy district imposes a property tax. Adds conditions that a school corporation must satisfy to increase its maximum transportation fund levy. Specifies an October 20 filing deadline for an appeal. Provides that a redevelopment commission's annual report to the unit that created the redevelopment commission must include both a list of parcels of real property and the depreciable personal property of designated taxpayers in the redevelopment area. Provides that a resolution by a provider unit to withdraw from a fire protection territory is effective on January 1 of the year following the year in which the resolution is adopted. Provides that if the provider unit of a fire protection territory withdraws, a majority of the remaining units must agree on which unit is to become the successor provider unit. Provides that the drainage board of a county may not impose interest on a drainage assessment for construction or reconstruction if the construction or reconstruction is financed through the issuance of bonds or a construction loan. Specifies accounting procedures for drainage assessment construction or reconstruction loans having a term of fewer than six years. Permits a school corporation located in Vanderburgh County to impose a property tax at a rate of up to $0.005 to provide money to a historical society for restoration and maintenance of Bosse Field. Allows certain nonprofit entities that failed to comply with the exemption filing deadlines to claim the property tax exemptions that the nonprofit entities were otherwise entitled to claim. Repeals the requirements that the budget agency publish by May 1 each year an estimate of the total amount of statewide distributions of local income tax revenue for: (1) the following two years, in an odd-numbered year; and (2) the following year, in an even-numbered year.

Current Status:

   

3/1/2017 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy

 

HB1463

TEACHERS' DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLAN (CARBAUGH M) Establishes the teachers' defined contribution plan (plan) as an account within the Indiana state teachers' retirement fund (fund). Provides that an individual who begins employment with a school corporation in a covered position that would otherwise be eligible for membership in the fund may elect to become a member of the plan. Provides that an individual who does not elect to become a member of the plan becomes a member of the fund. Provides that an individual has 36 months after the individual's initial election to make a second election concerning membership in the fund or the plan. Requires the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system (board) to establish, subject to any approval from the Internal Revenue Service that the board considers necessary or desirable, alternative investment programs within the annuity savings account as the initial alternative investment programs for the plan. Provides that, if the board considers it necessary or appropriate, the board may establish different or additional alternative investment programs for the plan, except that the board shall maintain the stable value fund. Provides that each member's contribution to the plan is 3% of the member's compensation and requires the employer to pay the member's contribution on behalf of the member. Allows a member to make additional contributions to the plan up to 10% of the member's compensation. Provides that the employer's contribution rate for the plan is equal to the employer's contribution rate for the fund as determined by the board, although the amount credited from the employer's contribution rate to the member's account may not be greater than the normal cost of the fund, and any amount not credited to the member's account is applied to the unfunded accrued liability of the fund. Provides that an employer's minimum contribution to the plan is 3% of the compensation of all members of the plan. Provides that member contributions and net earnings on the member contributions belong to the member at all times and do not belong to the employer. Provides that a member vests in the employer contribution subaccount at 50% after four years of participation in the plan with full vesting after five years of participation. Provides that, if a member separates from service with an employer before the member is fully vested in the employer contribution subaccount, the amount in the subaccount that is not vested is: (1) transferred to the member's new employer, if the new employer participates in the plan; or (2) held in the member's employer contribution subaccount until forfeited. Provides that a member who: (1) terminates service in a covered position; and (2) does not perform any service in a covered position for at least 30 days after the date on which the member terminates service; is entitled to withdraw vested amounts in the member's account. Provides that a member may elect to have withdrawals paid as: (1) a lump sum; (2) a direct rollover to another eligible retirement plan; or (3) if the member is at least 62 years of age with at least five years of participation in the plan, a monthly annuity in accordance with the rules of the board. Provides that, on the plan's effective date, school corporations become participants in the plan. Allows a member of the public employees' retirement fund (PERF) or the fund to receive a disability retirement from PERF or the fund without requiring the member to be currently employed, to be receiving employer provided income protection benefits, or to be on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Provides the board shall provide education to employers and members regarding retirement benefit options of all applicable pension and retirement funds that the board administers.

Current Status:

   

3/1/2017 - Referred to Senate Pensions and Labor

 

HB1537

PENSION THIRTEENTH CHECKS (GUTWEIN D) Provides for thirteenth checks in 2017 and 2018 for certain members of the: (1) Indiana state teachers' retirement fund; (2) public employees' retirement fund; (3) state excise police, gaming agent, gaming control officer, and conservation enforcement officers' retirement plan; (4) state police pre-1987 benefit system; and (5) state police 1987 benefit system.

Current Status:

   

2/23/2017 - Referred to Senate Pensions and Labor

 

HB1555

POLICE RESERVE OFFICERS AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS (MAYFIELD P) Provides that town police reserve officers are eligible for a line of duty death benefit from the special death benefit fund. Urges the legislative council to assign the topic of the potential liability exposure and other costs to political subdivisions resulting from the use of police reserve officers and other volunteers to an appropriate interim study committee.

Current Status:

   

2/23/2017 - Referred to Senate Pensions and Labor

 

HB1617

1977 FUND AND SHERIFF'S DISABILITY BENEFITS (SPEEDY M) Provides that: (1) a fund member of the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund (1977 fund); and (2) an employee beneficiary of a sheriff's pension trust; who has a permanent and total disability that is the direct result of a catastrophic personal injury that occurs in the line of duty after July 1, 2008, and that permanently prevents the fund member or employee beneficiary from performing any gainful work receives for the remainder of the individual's life a disability benefit equal to the monthly salary of a first class patrolman or firefighter (1977 fund) or the average monthly wage being received by the employee beneficiary (sheriff's pension trust) at the commencement of the disability. Provides that: (1) the 1977 fund member's disability benefit increases at a rate equal to the increases in the monthly salary of a first class patrolman or firefighter; and (2) the sheriff's pension trust employee beneficiary's disability benefit increases at a rate equal to the increases to the average monthly wage that the employee beneficiary would have received, if the employee beneficiary had remained in active service. Provides that a qualifying child or spouse of: (1) a fund member of the 1977 fund; and (2) an employee beneficiary of a sheriff's pension trust; who has a permanent and total disability that is the direct result of a catastrophic personal injury that occurs in the line of duty after July 1, 2008, and that permanently prevents the fund member or employee beneficiary from performing any gainful work may not be required to pay tuition or mandatory fees at a state supported college, university, or technical school.

Current Status:

   

3/1/2017 - Referred to Senate Pensions and Labor

 

SB46

VARIOUS PENSION MATTERS (BOOTS P) Establishes a single special death benefit fund to replace the two separate death benefit funds established under current law to pay death benefit claims to the beneficiaries of public safety officers or other state public employees who die in the line of duty. Provides that death benefits paid to beneficiaries of members of the following funds who die in the line of duty are to be paid from the special death benefit fund instead of the pension relief fund: (1) The 1925 police pension fund. (2) The 1937 firefighters' fund. (3) The 1953 police pension fund (Indianapolis). (4) The 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund. Allows an individual who is a member of both the public employees' retirement fund (PERF) and the Indiana state teachers' retirement fund (TRF) to make independent elections concerning the amounts credited to the member in the annuity savings account of each fund. Allows a member of PERF or TRF, or both, to do the following with the money credited to the member in a PERF or TRF annuity savings account, in any combination: (1) Retain and continue to invest all or part of the money in the annuity savings account. (2) Receive one or more distributions of all or part of the money in the annuity savings account. (3) Obtain an annuity with all or part of the money in the annuity savings account. Provides that if survivor benefits under PERF or TRF are forfeited for the failure of a survivor to claim the benefits within three years of the death of a member, the money to pay the benefits must be credited in the manner provided by the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system, rather than to PERF or TRF specifically. Provides that the minimum pension benefit for a regularly retired member of TRF who receives an unreduced pension benefit is $185 per month. Makes an appropriation. (The introduced verison of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on pension management oversight.)

Current Status:

   

2/28/2017 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions

 

SB47

C AND E FUND DEDUCTIONS FROM RETIREMENT BENEFITS (BOOTS P) Allows a participant in the state excise police, gaming agent, gaming control officer, and conservation enforcement officers' retirement plan (C and E fund) to authorize a deduction from the participant's monthly retirement benefit for the purpose of paying insurance premiums, charitable contributions, or labor organization dues.

Current Status:

   

2/28/2017 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions

 

SB80

DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN DISABILITY BENEFIT (BOOTS P) Revises, for a member of the 1925 police pension fund, the 1937 firefighters' pension fund, the 1953 police pension fund, or the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund who retires after June 30, 2017, because of a disability at least 12 months after the date the member enters the deferred retirement option plan (DROP), the calculation of the retirement benefit paid to the member. Allows a member who retired after January 1, 2015, and before July 1, 2017, because of a disability at least 12 months after the date the member entered the DROP to elect to have the member's retirement benefit recalculated under the new provision.

Current Status: 

  

2/28/2017 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions

 

SB119

AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE STANDARDS (BECKER V) Adds a representative of an entity that provides air ambulance services to the composition of the Indiana emergency medical services commission (commission). Requires the commission with the assistance of the state department of health to develop statewide standards for activation and use of air medical services for transport of patients from the emergency scene to a trauma center. Requires that the standards must be updated at least every three years.

Current Status: 

  

3/8/2017 - House Public Health, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

 

SB231

CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAMS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS (CRIDER M) Provides that the chairperson of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission) is a member appointed by the governor who is either the executive director for drug prevention, treatment, and enforcement or a member of the governor's staff. (Current law provides that the chairperson is a member of the governor's staff.) Specifies that the commission: (1) shall meet at the call of the chairperson, but at least four times in a calendar year; and (2) shall approve requests for substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. Transfers the administration of the technical assistance center for crisis intervention teams from the Indiana criminal justice institute to the Indiana law enforcement training board. Provides that in conjunction with the commission and the division of mental health and addiction, the law enforcement training board may establish the technical assistance center. Provides that the commission may make grants of up to $300,000 annually to the law enforcement training board to carry out the purposes of the technical assistance center. Makes a technical correction.

Current Status: 

  

2/28/2017 - Referred to House Public Health

 

SB265

PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS RETIREMENT FUND (WALKER G) Provides that the pension received by a participant in the prosecuting attorneys retirement fund (PARF) upon retirement from PARF is reduced by: (1) the actual amount of the pension the participant is receiving from the public employees' retirement fund (PERF), if the participant is receiving a pension from PERF when the participant retires from PARF; or (2) if the participant is not receiving a pension from PERF when the participant retires from PARF, the amount of the pension that the participant would be entitled to receive from PERF, if the participant were also retiring from PERF on the date the participant retires from PARF.

Current Status:

   

2/28/2017 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions

 

SB350

PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT (ECKERTY D) Provides, with limited exceptions, that: (1) the only factor permitted to be used in changing the assessed value of most real property from year to year is the annual adjustment factor; and (2) an assessing official may not change the real property's underlying parcel characteristics (including age, grade, or condition of the real property) until the real property has been reassessed under the county's reassessment plan, there is a change in an objective factor or feature relating to a property, or there is a need to correct an error. Provides a process that must be followed by an assessing official who wishes to apply an exception. Permits a taxpayer to name an attorney in fact who may take the place of the taxpayer under the property tax laws, including appeals. Allows a taxpayer alone to stipulate to an assessed value determined by an Indiana registered appraiser. Provides that the office of the assessing official and taxpayer each pay 50% of the appraisal costs. Makes conforming changes.

Current Status:

   

2/28/2017 - Senator Zakas added as coauthor

 

SB383

PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER SURVIVOR HEALTH COVERAGE (CRIDER M) Urges the legislative council to assign to the pension management oversight committee or another appropriate interim study committee the topic of whether the employer of a public safety officer who dies in the line of duty should offer to provide and pay for survivor health coverage.

Current Status: 

  

2/28/2017 - Referred to House Insurance

 

SB384

ELIMINATION OF STATE AGENCY PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CRIDER M) Abolishes the state agency public safety committee.

Current Status: 

  

2/28/2017 - Referred to House Select Committee on Government Reduction

 

SB407

EDUCATION MATTERS (HOUCHIN E) Requires a school employer to submit a copy of the affidavit submitted by the exclusive representative indicating the number of teachers who are members of the exclusive representative to the Indiana education employment relations board (board). Requires the board to compile information included in the affidavit from each school corporation and post aggregate information on the board's Internet web site. Provides that the information posted by the board may not include any information that would identify a particular school employee. Requires the board to develop and post on its Internet web site training modules, videos, or other instructional material informing school employees of their rights to select an exclusive representative. Provides that each school year in which school employee participation in a school employee organization currently serving as the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit does not represent a majority of the school employees within the unit, the board shall notify the school employees of the bargaining unit of their right to: (1) representation; and (2) the ability to change their exclusive representative. Urges the general assembly to assign certain issues relating to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act to the education interim study committee.

Current Status:

   

3/7/2017 - Referred to House Education

 

SB409

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING (HOUCHIN E) Provides that formal collective bargaining between a school corporation and an exclusive representative may not begin before September 15. Provides that before September 15 of the first year of the state budget biennium, the department of education shall provide the parties with an estimate of the general fund revenue available for bargaining in the school corporation from the school funding formula. Provides that if the parties do not receive a certified estimate from the department of education within 30 days after the fall count of ADM, the parties may use the school corporation's estimate of the general fund revenue available based on the school corporation's fall count of ADM. Provides that a factfinder must conduct a public hearing not before November 15, and the hearing must be completed by February 15 of the calendar year after the start of formal collective bargaining.

Current Status:

   

3/7/2017 - Referred to House Education

 

SB467

FIRE DEPARTMENT REIMBURSEMENT (BUCK J) Requires payment under a property insurance policy that provides coverage for reimbursement for fire protection services (policy) to pay the fire department's charges, subject to certain limitations, in response to a claim for which the insurer is liable under the policy. Requires notice to the claimant when a fire department is reimbursed under a policy.

Current Status:

   

3/7/2017 - Referred to House Insurance

 

SB517

DISTRIBUTION OF LOTTERY REVENUE FOR VETERANS' PURPOSES (ALTING R) Provides that from January 1, 2018, through June 30, 2020, the state lottery commission shall, before the last business day of January, April, July, and October of each year, transfer $125,000 of the surplus lottery revenue to the treasurer of state for deposit in a grant account established within the veterans' affairs trust fund. Authorizes the Indiana veterans' affairs commission to use money in the grant account to make grants to be used for the purpose of providing services to veterans.

Current Status: 

  

3/7/2017 - Referred to House Ways and Means

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