Friday, January 19, 2018

This week was busy with ‘Team Institute’ testifying in back-to-back hearings on legislation affecting working families, including bills to restructure the state’s workforce development system (including adult education); provide a fee amnesty for low-income drivers with suspended licenses; and to educate childcare providers about safe sleep practices. Next week, we anticipate hearings on SB 416 and HB 1319 – both create predatory lending products with triple-digit APRs; as well as a final Senate vote on SB 11 to remove the lifetime ban on nutrition assistance for people with prior drug charges. See the full list of bills we're tracking here.

This Week’s Highlights:
HB 1152,Traffic Amnesty Program, would offer a temporary reduction in fees for low-income drivers with suspended drivers’ licenses. Senior Policy Analyst Andrew Bradley testified in support, and presented data from a 2016 IU McKinney Law School report which found Indiana’s fines and fee structures disproportionately impact low-income Hoosiers, leaving nearly 1 in 10 adults over 16 without a legal way to get to work. The bill passed the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee 10-0, with a likely next stop in House Ways and Means. Representative Negele has been added as a coauthor.

SB11, Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, would remove the lifetime ban from SNAP placed upon people with felony drug charges. The bill has passed out of floor on second reading and in now scheduled for a third reading on the Senate floor Monday January 22.

SB374,Individual Development Accounts, was scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Appropriations committee on Wednesday. The Institute planned to testify in support of SB374, however the bill was pulled from the committee by Senator Doriot, the bill’s author. We hope we will still have the opportunity to talk about the amazing opportunity IDA’s provide for low income families to build assets.

HB1319, Uniform Consumer Credit Code and SB416, Consumer Credit Code were introduced last week. The Institute opposes both bills, which allow for loans with triple digit APRs in violation of our long-standing criminal loan sharking standard of 72% APR. SB416 would allow banks, credit unions and non-traditional lenders to skirt the criminal loan sharking statute and raise interest and fees on many types of consumer credit products. HB1319 creates a new installment product exclusively for payday lenders that is loaded with fees, driving the APRs above 200%. Meanwhile, our bill, SB 325, Small Loan Finance Charges, would cap APR on payday loans at 36% and protect families from predatory lending practices. You can find more information on the payday lending bills here.

HB 1002, Reorganization of Workforce Funding and Programs, would sunset many of the state’s training programs and evaluate their return on investment before reauthorizing. The bill would redirect corporate taxes into a ‘next level workforce training and development fund’ and would require all state apprenticeship programs to be registered with the USDOL, among other provisions. Senior Policy Analyst Andrew Bradley testified with support for strengthening Indiana’s workforce, but with concerns that the present bill doesn’t do enough to support low-skill adults seeking to upskill by addressing non-academic barriers and prioritizing supportive services and middle-skill credential attainment for adults. The bill was held without a vote in the House Ways and Means Committee.

SB187, Child Care, provides a mechanism for FSSA to educate child care providers about safe sleep practices and impose penalties for violations. Policy Analyst Erin Macey testified in the Senate Family and Children Services Committee in support of the bill. “All Hoosier families want and deserve safe, affordable childcare and we’re grateful that the General Assembly is taking steps to ensure that providers are educated and held accountable,” she said, also noting that there are many, many families in need of support dealing with the costs of childcare. It passed out of committee 6-0. On Monday, January 22 the bill will have a second reading on the Senate floor.

HB1344, Pregnancy and Childbirth Discrimination, would make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against women who are pregnant, require employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant women and requires the Civil Rights Commission to investigate and employee claims of discrimination has been referred to the Employment, Labor and Pensions committee. Chairman Representative Van Natter has yet to schedule the bill for a hearing. The committee has one hearing left this session - please call Rep. VanNatter at 317-234-9499 and ask that he give HB 1344, a bill with bipartisan support, a committee hearing. For more information and talking points please see our fact sheet Pregnancy Accommodations in the WorkplaceSB113, another job quality bill introduced in the Senate with bipartisan support, creates a study committee on paid leave, which the Institute supports as well.

HB1390, Equal Pay; Wage Disclosure Protection, was introduced into the House this week. The Institute is excited to see bipartisan support for this bill which aims to address gender pay discrepancies. To learn more about the gender pay gap and the affects on working women and Hoosier families please join us for drinks and dessert on Thursday January 25th from 5 – 7 at our office in Indianapolis. We will be discussing the findings in our report, Wage, Wealth and Poverty: Where Hoosier Women Stand & Ways Our State Can Close the Gaps. The event is free, but desserts for men will cost $1 and for women $0.74. Please register for the event here.

Other Institute Happenings:
On Thursday January 18th Policy Analyst Amy Carter attended and spoke at the "MLK Jr. Influence on Poverty and Nutrition Education" event held at Purdue University.  She spoke about self-sufficiency, SNAP, and poverty along with Maxine Thomas of RESULTS Indianapolis, Katy Bunder of Food Finders Bank, and Melissa Maulding of Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Programs. 

Other Bills in Committee this Week:
REPORTING ON WORKER MISCLASSIFICATION (NIEZGODSKI D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning labor and safety.
Current Status:                  1/18/2018 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted

COMPUTER SCIENCE (RAATZ J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education and to make an appropriation.
Current Status: 1/18/2018 - Committee Report amend do pass adopted; reassigned to Committee on Appropriations

CHILD SUPPORT (BRAY R) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning family law and juvenile law.
Current Status:  1/18/2018 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted

ACCESS TO FOOD PROGRAM (RUCKELSHAUS J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.
Current Status:  1/18/2018 - Committee Report do pass, adopted

WORKER'S COMPENSATION (FORD J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning labor and safety.
Current Status: 1/18/2018 - Committee Report do pass, adopted

PERINATAL LEVELS OF CARE DESIGNATION CERTIFICATION (CHARBONNEAU E) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health.
Current Status: 1/18/2018 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted

INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR K-12 EDUCATION DONATIONS (MELTON E) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation. 

Senator Mishler, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee heard SB364 however he did not call for a vote. SB364 was introduced along with two other similar bills addressing the same topic. Sen. Mishler chose to hear the bill and give the bills supporters a chance to present their arguments. Since SB364 deals with tax credits which affect the state budget the bill will need to be reintroduced in a budget year.

COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS (BOOTS P) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.
Current Status: 1/18/2018 - Committee Report amend do pass adopted; reassigned to Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy

REVERSE TRANSFER AGREEMENTS AND DEGREES (ECKERTY D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning higher education.
Current Status: 1/17/2018 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

URGING SUPPORT OF CHIP RE-AUTHORIZATION (BREAUX J)
Current Status: 1/18/2018 - Committee Report do pass, adopted

Scheduled for hearings:

HIGH SPEED INTERNET SERVICE (OBER D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning utilities.
Current Status: 1/17/2018 - House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing) Held until next week.

REAL WORLD CAREER READINESS PROGRAM (RUCKELSHAUS J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.
Current Status:  1/24/2018 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

SMALL LOANS (PERFECT C) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning financial institutions.
Current Status: 1/18/2018 - Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

Referred:

UNIFORM CONSUMER CREDIT CODE (CARBAUGH M) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning trade regulation.
Current Status: 1/11/2018 - Referred to House Financial Institutions

Picked up Second Authors and Co-Authors:

HIGHER EDUCATION RESIDENT TUITION FOR ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS (HARRIS JR. E)    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning higher education.
Current Status: 1/18/2018 - added as coauthor Representative Clere
                         1/9/2018 - Referred to House Education
                         1/9/2018 - First Reading

TAX CREDITS (LEHMAN M) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.
Current Status:1/18/2018 - added as coauthors Representatives Sullivan, Slager, Goodin
                                                            1/3/2018 - Referred to House Ways and Means
                                                            1/3/2018 - First Reading

Bills Discussed and Voted on House Floor: (second and third readings)
VARIOUS HIGHER EDUCATION MATTERS (SULLIVAN H) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning higher education. Third Reading Passed 92-0

EDUCATION BENEFITS FOR VETERANS (WESCO T) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning military and veterans. Third Reading Passed 94-0

Bills Discussed and Voted on Senate Floor: (second and third readings)
MATERNAL MORTALITY REVIEW COMMITTEE (LEISING J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health. Third Reading Passed 49-0
Current Status: Sent to House
1/18/2018 - Cosponsor: Representative Kirchhofer

FSSA MATTERS (CHARBONNEAU E) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code  
concerning human services. Third Reading Passed 49-0
Current Status: 1/18/2018 - Cosponsor: Representative Bacon
Recent Status:   1/18/2018 - House sponsor: Representative Kirchhofer

Next Week:
Monday, January 22, 2018

SENATE ELECTIONS
Committee Video Link   Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 9:30 AM, Senate Chamber
 Sen. Walker: 317-232-9984

REDISTRICTING STANDARDS. (WALKER G) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning elections.

ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION AT CENTRAL LOCATION. (WALKER G) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning elections.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

HOUSE EMPLOYMENT, LABOR AND PENSIONS
Committee Video Link   Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 8:30 AM, Rm. 156-A
 Rep. VanNatter: 317-234-9499

DRUG ADDICTION WORKFORCE RECOVERY PROGRAM. (DAVISSON S) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.

SENATE TAX AND FISCAL POLICY
Committee Video Link   Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 9:00 AM, Rm. 431
 Sen. Holdman: 317-232-9807

TAX ISSUES. (HOLDMAN T) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.

TAX CREDITS. (KRUSE D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.

SENATE VETERANS AFFAIRS AND THE MILITARY
Committee Video Link   Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 10:00 AM, Rm. 233
 Sen. Delph: 317-232-9541

EMERGENCY RULES FOR VETERANS' PROGRAMS. (BECKER V) A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning military and veterans.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

SENATE HEALTH AND PROVIDER SERVICES
Committee Video Link   Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 9:00 AM, Rm. 431
 Sen. Charbonneau: 317-232-9494

HOSPICES AND MEDICAID. (BECKER V) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.

VETERANS PROGRAMS. (DELPH M) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning military and veterans.

SENATE EDUCATION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Committee Video Link   Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 1:30 PM, Senate Chamber
Sen. Kruse: 317-233-0930

REAL WORLD CAREER READINESS PROGRAM. (RUCKELSHAUS J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

VETERANS EDUCATIONAL MATTERS. (FREEMAN A) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning military and veterans.

VARIOUS EDUCATION MATTERS. (RAATZ J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.
Thursday, January 25, 2018

SENATE INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Committee Video Link   Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 10:00 AM, Rm. 130
 Sen. Perfect: 317-232-9541

CONSUMER CREDIT CODE. (ECKERTY D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning trade regulation. 





House Floor:
 HB1003               
 STREAMLINING AGENCY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS (GUTWEIN D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state offices and administration. Scheduled for 3rd reading 1/22

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (LEONARD D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning labor and safety. Scheduled For 3rd reading 1/2

SUNDAY SALES OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES FOR CARRYOUT (SMALTZ B) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning alcohol and tobacco. Second Reading 1/22

DENTAL HYGIENIST ACCESS PRACTICE AGREEMENTS (FRIZZELL D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning professions and occupations. Second Reading 1/22

PROFESSIONAL LICENSING AGENCY MATTERS (ZENT D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning professions and occupations. Second Passed order Engrossed Third Reading 1/22

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