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Legislative Updates

2019 General Assembly

Updated March 14, 2019

Brothers and Sisters,

   We are now at the halfway point of the 2019 legislative session, many of our important bills are still alive. HB1170 and SB603 are the companion bills that we filed in the House and Senate, they will require a dispute mechanism in a contract that doesn't already have one in it. Any contract will have to have at a minimum of a one year evergreen clause and mandatory mediation. Both of these bills passed their respected chambers without a single no vote during the process.

Also passing the Senate without a single no vote was SB85, this is our pension enhancement bill that we have been working on for a couple of years. SB85 if passed will increase our pension from 50% at 20 years to 52% and change the maximum from 74% at 32 years to 76% at 32 years. It will also increase the widows portion from 60% to 70% of your benefit.

   February 25th and 26th the PFFUI had a very successful PEP and legislative conference with well over 100 members present for this two day event. The first day was some very good training from IAFF instructors on topics such as contract negotiations to recruiting members. The second day was filled with guest legislative speakers and a full update on the general assembly achievements so far this session.

Below is a full list of the bills we are following that are still alive, this list can and will change during the process due to language that will be amended in and out of bills as they proceed.

As always if you would like to come to the Statehouse to see how this all works contact President Hanify or myself.
   
Stay Safe,
Mike Whited
PFFUI Vice President
765-744-5853

 

 

 

HB1004 SCHOOL SAFETY (MCNAMARA W) Provides that the Indiana safe schools fund may not be used to provide grants to employ a school resource officer or a law enforcement officer. Provides that an Indiana secured school fund matching grant may be used to employ a law enforcement officer. Provides that an accredited nonpublic school may receive a grant from the Indiana secured school fund (fund). Makes changes to the maximum grant amounts that a school corporation, charter school, accredited nonpublic school, or coalition of schools may receive from the fund. Provides that a virtual charter school or a virtual accredited nonpublic school may not receive a grant from the fund. Establishes minimum grant match percentages necessary to be eligible to receive a grant from the fund. Provides that, before July 1, 2021, each school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school shall certify to the department of homeland security that the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school has conducted a threat assessment for each school building used by the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school before applying for a fund matching grant. Provides that the Indiana safe schools fund may be used to provide grants to provide school based mental health services or social emotional wellness services to students. Provides that the secured school safety board may award a secured school grant to certain schools to provide school based mental health services or social emotional wellness services to students. Provides that advances made under the school corporation and charter school safety advance program may be used to provide school based mental health services or social emotional wellness services to students. Requires that at least one of the manmade disaster drills that is required to be conducted by each school in a school corporation during each semester must be an active shooter drill and must be conducted within 90 days after the beginning of the semester. Provides that each: (1) accredited nonpublic school; and (2) charter school; must conduct at least one active shooter drill during each school year. Provides that, beginning after July 1, 2019, for each year that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Survey or a successor survey is administered by the state department of health, the state department of health shall work with each school corporation, charter school, and nonpublic school with at least one employee (school) to provide students in grades 9 through 12 with the opportunity to participate in the survey. Provides that if a school decides not to participate in the survey, the school shall notify the state department of health in writing of the school's decision not to participate. Establishes a procedure for both the state department of health and the school to use to notify the parent of a student or the student, if the student is an adult or an emancipated minor, to opt the student out of participation in the survey. Provides that each school corporation and charter school shall: (1) identify; and (2) enter into a memorandum of understanding for referral with; a provider or providers to provide appropriate and necessary mental health services to students. A memorandum of understanding for referral shall be developed by the division of mental health and addiction.
 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development

   
HB1034

POLITICAL SUBDIVISION CONTROLLED PROJECTS AND DEBT (THOMPSON J) Modifies the threshold amounts used for determining whether a political subdivision's project is a controlled project and whether the petition and remonstrance process or the referendum process applies. Bases these threshold amounts on gross assessed value. Provides that for a road, street, or designated bridge project, only the costs paid from property taxes are considered when applying these threshold amounts. Provides that if the estimated increase in a political subdivision's property tax levy for debt service for a proposed controlled project will be offset in whole or in part because of the retirement of existing debt of the political subdivision, the proper officers of the political subdivision may adopt a resolution that includes certain information and statements. Provides that if a political subdivision experiences a decrease in net assessed value it may be stated as an exception to a political subdivision's statement about maintaining its property tax rate to fund a new controlled project because of the retirement of debt. Specifies the ballot language for the referendum on such a proposed controlled project. Provides that the restrictions on supporting a position on a controlled project apply to any political subdivision that has assessed value within the same taxing district as the political subdivision proposing the project.

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy

   
HB1052

LOCAL INCOME TAX AND OTHER FINANCING MATTERS (THOMPSON J) Changes the allocation of local income tax (LIT) revenue that is based on property taxes to be based on maximum permissible property tax levies instead of actual levies. Provides that if a township passes a local public question on whether the county in which the township is located should be required to fund and carry out a public transportation project under the central Indiana public transportation projects statute, the township board shall adopt a resolution to impose a special local income tax rate on the local taxpayers residing in the township, instead of the fiscal body of the county. Allows political subdivisions to enter into public-private agreements with an operator to accomplish the design, financing, construction, acquisition, improvement, renovation, equipping, operation, or maintenance of a regional jail. Requires the department of local government finance to prepare a report before January 1, 2020, concerning school funding in each school corporation for the period beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2019. Requires the department of education to prepare a report before January 1, 2020, concerning school funding in the surrounding states, Indiana, and each school corporation in Indiana for the period beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2019.

 

Current Status:

2/21/2019 - Senate sponsor: Senator Holdman

   
HB1054

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYER ORGANIZATIONS (TORR J) Provides that for purposes of unemployment compensation, a professional employer organization (PEO) that elects to use the PEO level reporting method is liable for all contributions, interest, penalties, and surcharges for the duration of a professional employer agreement or until the effective date of an election by the PEO to change to the client level reporting method. Provides that a client of a PEO is not considered to be a successor employer as a result of entering into a professional employer agreement with a PEO.

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019- Referred to Senate Pensions and Labor

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HB1139

PENSION THIRTEENTH CHECKS (BURTON W) Provides for thirteenth checks in 2019 and 2020 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:

2/27/2019 - Referred to Senate Appropriations

   

HB1059

SURVIVOR BENEFITS (CARBAUGH M) Provides that a surviving spouse or a surviving dependent of a member of the public employees' retirement fund (PERF) or the Indiana state teachers' retirement fund (TRF) who dies after June 30, 2018, and before the member retires from PERF or TRF is entitled to a survivor benefit, regardless of whether the member dies in service in a position covered by PERF or TRF or out of service, if: (1) the member has at least 10 years of creditable service; and (2) the surviving spouse or surviving dependent otherwise qualifies for the benefit. Makes conforming changes. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on pension management oversight.)

 

Current Status:   

3/14/2019 - Referred to Senate Pensions and Labor

 

HB1063

SCHOOL SAFETY EQUIPMENT (FRYE R) Adds definition of a "bleeding control kit". Provides that, subject to an appropriation by the general assembly, each school corporation and charter school shall develop and implement a Stop the Bleed program (program). Provides that the department of education in collaboration with the department of homeland security shall develop and provide training for the use of bleeding control kits. Provides that, in all matters relating to the program, school corporation or charter school personnel are immune from civil liability for any act done or omitted in the use of a bleeding control kit unless the action constitutes gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct. Requires a school's safety plan to include the location of bleeding control kits.

 

Current Status:

3/14/2019 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

   

HB1064

IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE (FRYE R) Establishes the Ivy Tech Community College public safety officer scholarship program. Provides that a public safety officer may be eligible for a scholarship for educational costs of completing a certificate program or associate degree program at Ivy Tech Community College. Establishes the Ivy Tech public safety scholarship fund.

 

Current Status:   

3/14/2019  NEED COMMITTEE HEARING - Referred to Senate Appropriations

 

HB1094

AMBULANCE SERVICE PROGRAM MEMBERSHIP (LINDAUER S) Increases from one year to five years the maximum period permitted for membership in an ambulance service program for the program to be exempt from regulation as an insurance product.

 

Current Status:

3/14/2019 - Referred to Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions

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HB1114

INTERFERING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT (MILLER D) Provides that a person commits interfering with law enforcement, a Class B misdemeanor, if the person enters a crime scene or similar location that is marked off with barrier tape, other markers, or a physical barrier. Increases the penalty if the person uses a vehicle, draws or uses a deadly weapon, or causes injury or death to another person. Provides that resisting or interfering with law enforcement is enhanced to a Level 6 felony if the person uses a vehicle to commit the offense. (Under current law, the felony enhancement to resisting law enforcement applies only if the person flees from law enforcement using a vehicle.)

 

Current Status:

2/14/2019 - added as coauthor Representative Wesco

   
HB1116

VARIOUS LOCAL GOVERNMENT MATTERS (KARICKHOFF M) Allows the governing body of a state or local government agency to discuss in an executive session strategy regarding a real estate transaction by the governing body. Allows the fiscal officer of a political subdivision to appropriate funds received from any private entity or individual for the purpose of repairing or replacing damaged property. (Current law allows only appropriation of funds from an insurance company.) Eliminates political party affiliation requirements for members of a utility service board, storm water management board, or board of aviation commissioners. Provides that if a board of aviation commissioners has four members, the executive of the county, city, town, or other municipal corporation or district that operates the airport serves as an ex officio member of the board for purposes of breaking a tie vote. Allows a political subdivision to receive electronic bids for public work projects that exceed a certain amount, if the bid solicitation states the procedure for transmitting the electronic bid and the means of transmission protects the bid contents. Requires a political subdivision that receives electronic bids to provide electronic access to the notice of the bid solicitation through the computer gateway administered by the state office of technology in addition to newspaper publication. Requires the head of the department of law of a second or third class city to reside within Indiana (instead of within the county). Provides that a hazardous tract of land containing a building that is not an unsafe building constitutes an unsafe premises and is subject to the unsafe building law. Eliminates the requirement that a negotiable note for a public work project or eligible efficiency project be repaid by a political subdivision on January 1 and July 1 of each year of the note's term.

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to Senate Local Government

   
HB1128

CONSTRUCTION PERMITS (MILLER D) Provides that a local unit may not require, as a condition precedent to granting, issuing, or approving certain permits for any Class 1 or Class 2 structures, completion of work upon which the performance bond or other surety was obtained prior to recording the secondary plat. Provides that a local unit may not require, as a condition precedent to granting, issuing, or approving a certificate of occupancy for any Class 1 or Class 2 structure, the completion of work upon which the performance bond or other surety was obtained prior to recording the secondary plat, unless required under certain state building laws or another law to meet a local unit's basic needs for public health and safety. Requires a local governmental agency to issue certain permits to a person not later than 12 business days after the person has filed a completed application and meets all required conditions, in certain instances.

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to Senate Local Government
   

HB1139

PENSION THIRTEENTH CHECKS (BURTON W) Provides for thirteenth checks in 2019 and 2020 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:   

2/27/2019 - Referred to Senate Appropriations

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HB1170

PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS (MAHAN K) Creates the following minimum requirements for a written agreement (agreement) entered into after June 30, 2019, between a county, city, town, or township and an employee organization for fire department or police department employees: (1) Requires the parties to submit to nonbinding mediation if they fail to agree to a new agreement within one year after the existing agreement expires. (2) Requires the agreement to continue without any change in its terms and conditions until the earlier of the following: (A) The parties fail to reach an agreement after mediating the dispute, at which time the written agreement no longer binds the parties. (B) The date the parties execute a new written agreement.

 

Current Status:   

3/14/2019 PRIORITY - Referred to Senate Local Government

 

HB1177

TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT ISSUES (ZIEMKE C) Requires a township to prepare a capital improvement plan for the ensuing three years if the balance in certain capital improvement funds in the preceding year exceeds 150% of the township's annual budget estimate. Prohibits the township from collecting property taxes for certain capital improvement funds in the ensuing year unless the township has adopted a capital improvement plan. Requires the legislative council to assign to the appropriate interim study committee the study of: (1) the level of preparedness of volunteer fire departments; and (2) whether volunteer fire departments have the necessary resources to perform their duties. Allows a township to make a one time transfer of an excess balance or part of an excess balance between township funds. Provides that the transfer may not be completed until after the township adopts a capital improvement plan, if the township is required to adopt a capital improvement plan. Requires the transfers must be completed not later than December 31, 2020. Provides that if an eligible municipality petitions an adjacent township to accept the transfer of the territory of the eligible municipality that is within the transferor township, the legislative body of the adjacent township must accept transfer of the territory of an eligible municipality within two years (instead of one year) after the legislative body receives the petition. Repeals a provision that prohibits the transfer of territory from taking effect in the year before a federal decennial census is conducted.

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to Senate Local Government
   
HB1181 ASBESTOS LITIGATION (LEHMAN M) Requires certain disclosures regarding asbestos trust claims in civil asbestos actions. Requires a defendant to identify additional trust claims that a defendant believes a plaintiff is eligible for in a written motion (motion). Requires a defendant to disclose, in the defendant's motion, the basis for the defendant's belief that a plaintiff is eligible for an additional trust claim. Prohibits a defendant from filing an additional motion alleging plaintiff eligibility for additional trust claims in certain instances.
 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to Senate Judiciary

   
HB1182

WORKER'S COMPENSATION (LEHMAN M) Provides that, for worker's compensation purposes, an employee who leaves work to serve as a volunteer firefighter or member of a volunteer emergency medical services association (volunteer member) is considered an employee of the firefighting unit while in the performance of duties as a volunteer firefighter or volunteer member. Increases the maximum amount of burial expenses that an employer must pay under the worker's compensation act for the burial expenses of a covered employee who dies from an injury by an accident arising out of the employee's employment from $7,500 to $12,500. Increases the maximum amount of burial expenses that an employer must pay under the worker's occupational diseases compensation act for the burial expenses of an employee who dies from an occupational disease arising out of the employee's employment from $7,500 to $12,500.

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to Senate Pensions and Labor
   
HB1185

BUNKHOUSE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS (NEGELE S) Defines "bunkhouse". Provides that, before January 1, 2021, the commission may adopt rules to exempt bunkhouses from being required to be equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system.

 

Current Status:

3/14/2019 - Referred to Senate
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HB1214

CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS AS CONSTRUCTORS; FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS (TORR J) Repeals a provision in the construction manager as constructor statute that establishes a time period for public agencies (other than state educational institutions) to use the construction manager as constructor statute. Provides that for purposes of the construction manager as constructor statute, the term "public agency" includes a public library and the health and hospital corporation. Provides that a fire protection district (district), which includes any property added to the district at any time, having a total assessed value of more than $1,000,000,000 remains within the district after annexation. (Current law provides that the annexed property ceases to be a part of the district when the annexing municipality begins to provide fire protection services to the property.) Provides that property added to a district is considered part of the district as of the date that the district was originally established. Makes provisions regarding: (1) the effective date of annexations of property within districts; and (2) indebtedness of districts that are annexed; apply to districts established after July 1, 1987 (instead of June 14, 1987). Makes a conforming change.

 

Current Status:

3/14/2019 - Senate sponsors: Senators Ruckelshaus, Koch and Spartz

 
HB1225

SAFE SCHOOLS (STEUERWALD G) Provides that school corporations, charter schools, and accredited nonpublic schools with the sheriff for the county in which the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school is located, may apply for a grant from the Indiana secured school fund to provide for the initial set up costs for an active event warning system. Requires guidelines published by the department of homeland security to include information about implementing: (1) universal electronic access to school property for law enforcement in all schools within each county; and (2) access to closed circuit cameras from a central location to be used in an emergency situation.

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Transportation

   
HB1235

JUDICIAL OFFICERS AND PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS (COOK A) Provides that a person commits battery on a public safety official if the offense is committed against a current or former public safety official: (1) while the official is engaged in the official's official duty; or (2) in retaliation for the official having engaged in the official's official duty. (Under current law, a person commits the offense only if the official is acting in the person's official duty.) Exempts a person who retires from judicial office after at least 20 years of service or because of a disability from the payment of the fee for a license to carry a handgun. Permits a former judicial officer to possess and use a handgun in the same locations as a judicial officer, and requires the supreme court to annually issue an identification card to a former judicial officer.

 

Current Status:

3/14/2019 - Referred to Senate

 

 

HB1258

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (FRYE R) Provides that the fire prevention and building safety commission will adopt rules for regulated boiler and pressure vessels. (Current law provides that the boiler and pressure vessel rules board adopts rules for regulated boiler and pressure vessels.) Provides that: (1) the division of fire and building safety (division) shall conduct a program to audit inspection agencies and inspections conducted by inspection agencies; and (2) a boiler and pressure vessel inspector shall inspect and issue regulated boiler and pressure vessel operating permits to qualified applicants. (Current law provides that the division shall conduct a program of periodic inspections of regulated boiler and pressure vessels.) Sets forth insurance requirements needed to obtain a regulated boiler or pressure vessel operating permit. Allows a member of a fire department to reside within a county that is noncontiguous to the county where the fire department is located but is not more than 50 miles from the closest boundary of the city, town, or township where the fire department is located. Includes an emergency management worker and a division fire investigator in the definition of "public safety officer" to qualify the person for the special death benefit for a public safety officer who dies in the line of duty.

 

Current Status:

3/14/2019 NEED COMMITTEE HEARING - - Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Transportation

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HB1342

TELEPHONE CPR INSTRUCTION TRAINING (BACON R) After July 1, 2020, requires an individual to complete a telephone cardiopulmonary resuscitation (T-CPR) training program (program) approved by the division of fire and building safety (division) if the individual: (1) answers 911 emergency medical telephone calls for a state or local law enforcement agency or fire protection agency, including a volunteer fire department (agency); and (2) is authorized by the agency's protocols to provide T-CPR instructions to a caller. Provides that the division may provide programs or third parties may provide programs that are approved by the division. Requires the division to: (1) adopt minimum standards for programs that meet or exceed evidence based nationally recognized emergency cardiovascular care guidelines; and (2) establish continuing education requirements. Allows the division to collect reasonable fees for providing programs and certifications that are deposited in the fire and building services fund. Sets forth certain requirements for a public safety answering point if a public safety answering point transfers a telephone caller to a public safety telecommunicator. Provides that a public safety telecommunicator who has completed a certified training program in emergency medical dispatch call handling is exempt from completing a T-CPR training program. Provides civil immunity for damages relating to the provision of T-CPR instruction. Makes a technical correction.

 

Current Status:

2/12/2019 - Senate sponsors: Senators Becker, Crider and Melton

 

 

HB1345

PROPERTY TAX MATTERS (MILLER D) Provides that if a for-profit land developer acquires land in inventory from a school corporation or a local unit of government, the land in inventory shall be assessed as agricultural land at the agricultural land base rate on the first assessment date immediately following the date on which the land developer acquires title to the land in inventory, and thereafter the land in inventory is subject to the usual provisions for reassessment of a land developer's land in inventory. Restores the property tax exemption for certain real property that is acquired for the purpose of erecting, renovating, or improving a single family residential structure that is to be given away or sold: (1) in a charitable manner; (2) by a nonprofit organization; and (3) to low income individuals who will use the land as a family residence. Provides a property tax exemption for assessment dates occurring after December 31, 2016, for certain property owned by an Indiana nonprofit public benefit corporation exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code if: (1) the property is used in the operation of a nonprofit health, fitness, aquatics, and community center; and (2) the acquisition and development of the property are provided in part under the regional cities initiative of the Indiana economic development corporation. Allows a refund for any property taxes paid in 2018 and 2019 for property that qualifies for the exemption.

 

Current Status:

2/20/2019 - Referred to Senate

 

 

HB1349

STATE POLICE SUPPLEMENTARY DEATH BENEFIT (BURTON W) Provides that the state police department (department) may not use a deceased employee beneficiary's retirement date with the department as a factor in determining the amount of the deceased employee beneficiary's supplementary death benefit.

 

Current Status:

2/12/2019 - Senate sponsor: Senator Houchin

 

 

HB1358

USE OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES (MORRIS R) Allows a law enforcement officer to use an unmanned aerial vehicle without first obtaining a search warrant if the law enforcement officer determines that the use of the unmanned aerial vehicle is required due to the need to: (1) assist public safety efforts and safeguard the public at a public event; (2) conduct efforts in response to or to mitigate a person or group of persons committing the offense of rioting or disorderly conduct; or (3) collect evidence as a result of a criminal investigation where there is probable cause that a crime has been committed and that the crime scene is at a location where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. Defines "public event". Allows a law enforcement officer to use an unmanned aerial vehicle without first obtaining a search warrant if the law enforcement officer determines that the use of the unmanned aerial vehicle is required to obtain aerial photographs or video images of a crime scene located on a public street or highway or at a public event. Provides that an emergency incident includes a public event that involves the emergency dispatch of a law enforcement agency or emergency medical services. Makes conforming amendments.

 

Current Status:

2/20/2019 - Referred to Senate

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HB1552

RESERVE POLICE OFFICER CONTINUING EDUCATION (MAYFIELD P) Allows a county, city, or town law enforcement agency to provide continuing education to appointed police reserve officers.

 

Current Status:

2/26/2019 - Referred to Senate
     
 

Senate Bills

SB12 SENTENCING AND BIAS CRIMES (BOHACEK M) Provides that a court may consider bias in imposing a criminal sentence. Specifies the manner in which bias crime data shall be reported to the state police department.
 

Current Status:

2/21/2019 - Cosponsor: Representative Cook
     
SB22

PENSION MATTERS (BOOTS P) Makes additional conforming changes with previous legislation for the purpose of allowing a retired member of PERF or TRF to make partial withdrawals from the member's annuity savings account. Rephrases provisions concerning the election to begin receiving PERF or TRF benefits while employed that applies to certain elected officials and other employees who have attained the age of 70. Rephrases the method for calculating service credit for leaves of absence taken by PERF members. Provides that money in the pension relief fund may be used for reasonable administrative expenses approved by the Indiana public retirement system. Rephrases certain provisions in the statutes governing the public employees' defined contribution plan and the teachers' defined contribution plan to remove references to the annuity savings accounts in PERF and TRF, which are no longer used to implement the two defined contribution plans. Adds the public employees' defined contribution plan and the teachers' defined contribution plan to the list of public pension and retirement funds that comprise the Indiana public retirement system. Provides that assets of the judges' retirement system and the prosecuting attorneys retirement fund are exempt from legal process and that a member may assign benefit payments only for certain medical insurance premiums and association dues for certain associations. Specifies that any postretirement benefit increase to the PERF part of a prosecuting attorney's retirement benefit has no effect on the part of the retirement benefit that is paid from the prosecuting attorneys retirement fund. Makes clarifying additions to certain provisions of the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund relating to the purchase of service credit by or on behalf of members. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on pension management oversight.)

 

Current Status:

2/26/2019 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions

 

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SB79

RIGHTS OF POLICE OFFICERS (SANDLIN J) Adds provisions establishing minimum due process and personnel rights of a full-time, paid, nonprobationary member of a police department (member) who is the subject of: (1) an internal investigation; or (2) an investigation of a complaint. Adds provisions regarding a member's (1) political activity; (2) disclosure of property and assets; and (3) personnel files.

 

Current Status:

3/14/2019 - Referred to House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety

 

 

 

SB85

1977 FUND RETIREMENT AND SURVIVING SPOUSE BENEFITS (FORD J) Increases the basic monthly pension benefit payable to a member of the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund (1977 fund) who retires after June 30, 2019, with 20 years of service from 50% to 52% of the monthly salary of a first class patrolman or firefighter in the year the member ended active service. Increases from 60% to 70% of the member's monthly benefit the monthly benefit paid to a surviving spouse of a 1977 fund member who dies after June 30, 2019, other than in the line of duty. Establish a supplemental allowance reserve account (reserve account) within the 1977 fund for the purpose of paying cost of living increases in benefits required under current law. Requires the contribution rate established by the Indiana public retirement system board (board) for 2020 and each year thereafter to include a surcharge that is paid to the reserve account in an amount determined annually by the board that is necessary, based on an actuarial valuation, to fully fund the estimated future cost of living increases amortized over a term not to exceed 30 years. Requires the board, before July 1, 2019, to transfer $210,500,000 from the assets of the 1977 fund to the reserve account.

 

Current Status:

3/14/2019 PRIORITY - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions

 

 

SB94

ANNEXATION (BOOTS P) Provides, with certain exceptions, that the following apply to annexations for which an annexation ordinance is adopted after April 30, 2019: (1) A municipality initiating an annexation must file a petition with the court signed by at least: (A) 51% of the owners of land that is not exempt from property taxes in the annexation territory; or (B) the owners of more than 75% in assessed valuation of land that is not exempt from property taxes in the annexation territory. (2) If the petition filed by the municipality has enough signatures, the court must hold a hearing to review the annexation. (3) Adds provisions regarding the validity of a signature on an annexation petition. (4) Eliminates the remonstrance procedure for annexations and reimbursement of remonstrator's attorney's fees and costs. (5) Voids remonstrance waivers. (6) Provides that a settlement agreement in lieu of annexation that is executed after April 30, 2019, is void. (7) Eliminates provisions regarding the contiguity of a public highway. Eliminates provisions that prohibit an annexation from taking effect in the year preceding the year that a federal decennial census is conducted.

 

Current Status:

2/26/2019 - Referred to House Government and Regulatory Reform

 

 

 

SB99

WAGE ASSIGNMENTS FOR CLOTHING AND TOOLS (BOOTS P) Provides that a wage assignment for the purchase, rental, or use of uniforms, shirts, pants and other job-related clothing may not be an amount that exceeds the direct cost paid by the employer to an external vendor for those items. Provides that a wage assignment may be made for the rental of uniform shirts, pants, and job-related clothing. Provides that a wage assignment may be made for the purchase of equipment or tools necessary to fulfill the duties of employment. Provides that a wage assignment for the purchase of equipment or tools may not be an amount that exceeds the direct cost paid by the employer to an external vendor for those items. Provides that an employee shall not be charged or subject to a wage assignment for personal protective equipment except for those instances provided under federal rules. Provides that the total amount of wages subject to assignment for the purchase of uniforms and equipment or rental of uniform shirts, pants and job-related clothing may not exceed certain amounts.

 

Current Status:

2/26/2019 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions

 

 

 

SB109

FOOD AND BEVERAGE TAX AND INNKEEPER TAX (GROOMS R) Permits the fiscal body of White County to levy the county innkeeper's tax on resorts and any other buildings or structures in the county in which lodging is regularly furnished for consideration. Authorizes the city of Greenwood, town of Danville, and town of Whitestown to adopt a food and beverage tax. Provides that the tax rate may not exceed 1%. Provides that money received from the tax shall be distributed by the treasurer of state to the city of Greenwood, town of Danville, or town of Whitestown. Specifies the uses to which receipts from the food and beverage tax may be applied.

 

Current Status:

2/26/2019 - Referred to House Ways and Means

 

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SB142

BUILDING PERMITS (BOHACEK M) Prohibits a building commissioner, building code official, or inspector for a local unit of government (unit) from issuing a building permit when the building commissioner, building code official, or inspector has a direct or indirect financial interest in the issuance of the permit. Requires a unit to adopt an ordinance to establish a procedure to address instances where a building commissioner, building code official, or inspector has a direct or indirect financial interest in the issuance of a permit.

 

Current Status:

2/26/2019 - Referred to House Local Government

 

 

 

SB156

FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PER DIEMS (RANDOLPH L) Increases the maximum amount (from $20 to $100) that a member of the board of fire trustees of a fire protection district may receive for each day that the member devotes to the work of the district.

 

Current Status:

3/5/2019 - House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

 

 

 

SB164

SURVIVORS' BENEFITS (SANDLIN J) Decreases the years of service that a participant in the state excise police, gaming agent, gaming control officer, and conservation officers' retirement plan must have in the plan at the time of the participant's death in order for the nominated survivor of the participant to be entitled to survivors' benefits from 15 years to 10 years.

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to House

 

 

 

SB172

SURVIVOR HEALTH COVERAGE (CRIDER M) Provides that, if the employer of a public safety officer who dies in the line of duty after June 30, 2019, offers health coverage for active employees, the employer shall offer to provide and pay for health coverage under the plan covering active employees for the surviving spouse and each natural child, stepchild, and adopted child of the public safety officer. Provides that health coverage for a surviving child continues: (1) until the child becomes 18 years of age; (2) until the child becomes 23 years of age, under certain circumstances; or (3) during the entire period of the child's physical or mental disability; whichever period is longest.

 

Current Status:

3/14/2019 NEED COMMITTEE HEARING - added as coauthor Senator Randolph

 

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SB221

TOWNSHIP MERGERS (KOCH E) Eliminates the requirement that one member of the township board of a merged township must reside within each of the townships that merged. Requires the voters of each merging township to vote in favor of the merger in a public question.

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to House

     
SB233

BUSINESS PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION (FREEMAN A) Increases, from $20,000 to $40,000, the acquisition cost threshold for the business personal property tax exemption. Specifies that a taxpayer who is eligible for a personal property tax exemption must include on the taxpayer's personal property tax return: (1) information concerning whether the taxpayer's business personal property within the county is in one location or multiple locations; and (2) an address for the location of the property. Provides that the appropriate county officer designated by the county executive (rather than the assessor, under current law) is responsible for: (1) maintaining data files of the geographic information system characteristics of each parcel in the county as of each assessment date; and (2) submitting those files to the geographic information office of the office of technology. Repeals provisions in current law that allow a county council to impose a local service fee on each person that has exempt business personal property because the business personal property does not exceed the acquisition threshold. Removes outdated provisions.

 

Current Status:

2/26/2019 - Referred to House Ways and Means

 

 

 

SB248

DISTRIBUTIONS OF PUBLIC SAFETY INCOME TAX REVENUE (NIEMEYER R) Requires the distribution of public safety local income tax revenues to a township that provides fire protection or emergency medical services (other than a township in Marion County). Permits a qualified fire protection territory and a qualified fire protection district (other than in Marion County) to be eligible to receive distributions of public safety local income tax revenues.

 

Current Status:

3/14/2019 - Referred to House Ways and Means

 

 

 

SB283

STATE PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF PROPERTY TAXES (HOUCHIN E) Urges the legislative council to assign to an appropriate interim study committee the task of studying the topic of state payments in lieu of property taxes to counties in which at least 15% 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.

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to House

 

 

 

SB471

OFFENSES INVOLVING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE (KOCH E) Repeals the term "key facility" and replaces it with "critical infrastructure facility". Defines "critical infrastructure facility". Provides that a person who, not having a contractual interest in the property, knowingly or intentionally enters the real property of a critical infrastructure facility without the permission of the owner of the critical infrastructure facility or an authorized person commits the offense of critical infrastructure facility trespass. Provides that a person who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally damages or defaces property of a critical infrastructure facility commits the offense of critical infrastructure facility mischief. Provides criminal penalties and civil remedies for offenses involving a critical infrastructure facility. Provides that the chapter addressing offenses of related critical infrastructure facilities does not apply to protected conduct or collective bargaining agreements.

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to House

 

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SB480

MEDICAID NONEMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORT (BECKER V) Sets forth requirements for brokers of nonemergency medical transportation under the Medicaid fee-for-service program. Establishes the nonemergency medical transportation commission (commission) and sets forth duties of the commission. Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to prepare before October 1, 2019, a report concerning nonemergency medical transportation Medicaid claims and submit the report to the

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to House

 

 

 

SB485

ELEVATOR SAFETY (ALTING R) Provides that in certain instances, an elevator contractor and a person who works under an elevator contractor commit a Class C infraction if a regulated lifting device is operated and no regulated lifting device operating permit covers the operation. Allows the department of homeland security (department) to request certain types of documentation to determine that work conducted on a regulated lifting device was performed by a licensed individual. Requires the fire prevention and building safety commission (commission) to determine equivalent state licensing programs for reciprocity. Allows the commission to adopt national codes outside of a select list if the national code will improve safety and commerce. Requires the commission to adopt national codes within 24 months after the effective date of the national code. Provides that the commission may not adopt an amendment to a national code if the amendment will unreasonably impair safety. Allows the commission to set a fee that is less than the standard fee for certain permits if the acceptance inspection is performed by an inspector that is not employed by the department. Requires an individual who is renewing an operating certificate to submit all test results when making application for the renewal operating certificate. Requires the department to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Indiana professional licensing agency to administer a program to license and regulate elevator contractors, elevator mechanics, and elevator inspectors. Provides that an individual who is an applicant for an elevator inspector license shall meet the standards set forth in American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) American National Standard QEI-1 (Standard for the Qualification of Elevator Inspectors) as certified by the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities (NAESA) or a similar accredited certifying organization as determined by the commission. Removes obsolete sections. Makes conforming changes.

 

Current Status:

2/18/2019 - House sponsor: Representative Gutwein

 

 

 

SB498

MOBILE INTEGRATION HEALTHCARE (TALLIAN K) Provides that the office of the secretary of family and social services may reimburse certain emergency medical services provider agencies for covered services provided to a Medicaid recipient as part of a mobile integration healthcare program. Amends the definition of "emergency medical services" to include transportation services, acute care, chronic condition services, or disease management services as part of a mobile integration healthcare program. Provides that the emergency medical services commission (commission), in consultation with the state department of health, may develop a mobile integration healthcare program and approve mobile integration healthcare program applications. Sets forth requirements of the commission concerning the mobile integration healthcare program. Provides that the commission may establish and administer a mobile integration healthcare grant and establishes the mobile integration healthcare grant fund.

 

Current Status:

2/18/2019 - Referred to House

 

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SB535

EXTRATERRITORIAL POWERS OF CITIES AND TOWNS (BOOTS P) Repeals the general authority of a city or town (municipality) to exercise the following powers outside of its corporate boundaries: (1) Regulating conduct or property use endangering public health, safety, and welfare.(2) Capturing and destroying animals. (3) Operating recreational parks and exercising eminent domain to acquire property for park purposes. Provides that an ordinance adopted before January 1, 2019 that regulates the public health, safety, and welfare outside the municipality's boundaries is not void upon repeal of the statute and is not legalized or validated if the ordinance violates the law. Provides that ordinances adopted exercising the other extraterritorial powers under (1) and (3) are void. Provides that a municipality may only exercise eminent domain within the municipality unless a statute expressly provides otherwise. Repeals a provision that allows a municipality to exercise powers regarding watercourses within 10 miles outside its corporate boundaries. Requires a municipality to obtain the approval of the county executive before exercising advisory planning and zoning jurisdiction in the two mile area outside its municipal boundaries. Allows a municipality to continue to exercise eminent domain to acquire property outside its boundaries, if it has reached a specified point in the eminent domain proceedings on January 1, 2019.

 

Current Status:

2/18/2019 - Referred to House

 

 

 

SB545

REPORTS ON STRESS TESTS AND RISK ASSESSMENTS (SPARTZ V) Provides that: (1) the executive director of the Indiana public retirement system; and (2) the trustee of the Indiana state police pension trust; shall report to the interim study committee on pension management oversight on any stress tests or sensitivity analyses performed during a state fiscal year on the pension funds under their respective administration.

 

Current Status:

3/14/2019 - Referred to House Employment, Labor and Pensions

 

 

 

SB552

GAMING MATTERS (MESSMER M) Authorizes sports wagering at riverboats, racinos, a Vigo County casino, and satellite facilities. Provides for the administration and conduct of sports wagering. Imposes initial and annual fees on a licensed owner, operating agent, vendor, or permit holder conducting sports wagering. Imposes initial and annual licensing fees on vendors conducting sports wagering. Specifies that a vendor contracting with a certificate holder has the same authority to conduct sports wagering as the certificate holder. Requires the use of official data to determine the winner of in-play wagers. Requires the Indiana gaming commission (IGC) to deposit vendor license application fees in the sports wagering fund. Requires the IGC to deposit sports wagering service provider license application fees in the sports wagering fund. Sets forth duties for the IGC concerning: (1) sports wagering; and (2) granting certain gambling licenses. Requires the IGC to adopt administrative rules. Specifies that the IGC may act upon information received from a sports governing body in considering requests to prohibit wagering on particular events or to prohibit making wagers of a particular type. Establishes a sports wagering service provider license. Provides that certain items must be acquired from a person that holds both a supplier's license and a sports wagering service provider license. Provides that certain services must be obtained from a person holding a sports wagering service provider license. Specifies that required background checks apply to employees engaged in activities related to sports wagering. Specifies permissible sports wagering wagers. Prohibits wagering on e-sports. Provides the process for withholding delinquent child support from sports wagering winnings. Makes changes to the appointment of members on breed development advisory committees. Provides each horsemen's association, certain licensees, and any association for backside benevolence shall submit to an audit by an independent public accountant and submit the report to the commission. Repeals the provision that prohibits money distributed to a horsemen's association from being used for lobbying. Authorizes a holder of a Gary riverboat license to change locations under certain circumstances, to another location in Gary or to Vigo County. Provides that, if gaming operations are relocated within the city of Gary, certain units of government may receive supplemental payments from wagering tax distributions. Provides a procedure if the owner of one of the Gary riverboat licenses applies to operate in Vigo County to notify the other riverboat owners who may then file a declaration of interest to compete for ownership of the riverboat license to be located in Vigo County. Sets forth the procedure to determine the value of the Gary riverboat license being proposed to be relocated to Vigo County. Provides that the IGC may determine that the holder of the Gary riverboat license may be required to sell its license to another riverboat owner that filed a declaration of interest. Requires a licensed owner or permit holder operating a casino in Vigo County to enter into a development agreement. Provides that a riverboat operating in Vigo County shall pay: (1) $2,000,000 to the Indiana horse racing commission annually to be distributed to the breed development funds; (2) $1,500,000 to the department of natural resources (DNR) and DNR will deposit the payment in the West Baden Springs historic hotel preservation and maintenance fund (fund), each year, for three years; (3) certain sums to the city of Evansville, each year, for three years. Provides that the state treasurer shall distribute the tax revenue from an operating agent operating a riverboat in a historic hotel district (operating agent) to the state general fund and the fund. Provides that if the balance of the fund exceeds $25,000,000, distribution of tax revenue from the operating agent shall be paid to the state general fund. Repeals the maximum number of owner's licenses that may be issued to a riverboat owner. Provides that a racino is authorized to conduct wagering on table games after submitting a plan to the IGC that meets requirements for table games for riverboats. Provides distributions of taxes from live table games at racetracks. Provides that beginning after June 30, 2020, a licensed owner or racino may not deduct more than $9,000,000 from adjusted gross receipts from wagering on gambling games. Provides that a racino shall distribute monthly 12% of the adjusted gross receipts of live table game wagering. Imposes a gambling game tax for wagering on table games at racinos. Provides that a Gary riverboat operation relocated to Vigo County and any future relocation of a license is prohibited from relocating within 75 miles of another racetrack, riverboat, inland casino, riverboat operated by an operating agent, or relocated casino. Makes technical corrections and other changes to conform with recent changes to the riverboat law.

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to House

 

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SB602

INDEPENDENT REVIEW BOARD (BOOTS P) Urges the legislative council to assign to the appropriate interim study committee the task of studying the process by which a 1977 fund member is determined to be entitled to receive a disability benefit, including the advisability of requiring the Indiana public retirement system to establish a single independent review board for disability determinations.

 

Current Status:

3/14/2019 PRIORITY - Referred to House

 

 

SB603

PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS (BUCK J) Creates the following minimum requirements for a written agreement (agreement) entered into after June 30, 2019, between a county, city, town, or township and an employee organization for fire department or police department employees: (1) Requires the parties to submit to nonbinding mediation if they fail to agree to a new agreement within one year after the existing agreement expires. (2) Requires the agreement to continue without any change in its terms and conditions until the earlier of the following: (A) The parties fail to reach an agreement after mediating the dispute, at which time the written agreement no longer binds the parties. (B) The date the parties execute a new written agreement.

 

Current Status:

3/14/2019 NEED COMMITTEE HEARING - Cosponsor: Representative VanNatter

 

 

 

SB623

PROPERTY TAX MATTERS (BUCHANAN B) Provides that a county assessor or township assessor (if any) may request the department of local government finance (department) to perform a state conducted assessment of a particular commercial building or structure used for retail purposes. Specifies the procedures for the state conducted assessment. Provides that the true tax value of commercial real property used for retail purposes 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. Provides that a county fiscal body may adopt an ordinance to provide that the county assessor be reimbursed for legal costs (in addition to other specified costs under current law) incurred by the county assessor in defending an appeal that is uncommon and infrequent in the normal course of defending appeals.

 

Current Status:

2/27/2019 - Referred to House

 

 

 

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