Friday, January 26, 2018

It was another busy week at the statehouse as legislators continued to release more bills. The Institute has been hard at work talking with lawmakers, organizing with supporters, and providing information and support to policymakers and the public on issues affecting Hoosier working families. Senate Bill 11 which would remove the lifetime ban from SNAP placed on people with felony drug convictions successfully passed the Senate and is now on its way to the House. Our own Erin Macey has been busy working to stop two bills which would be bad for payday loan borrowers, HB1319 and SB416. Continue reading below to learn more about these bills and how you can get involved to help stop this destructive legislation.

Call Your Lawmakers to stop the expansion of payday lending and triple-digit APR's!

on HB1319 and SB416 

HB1319, the bill which would expand payday lending and impose triple digit APR's on borrowers was heard in the House Insurance and Financials committee on Thursday afternoon. A number of people came out to testify in opposition to HB1319, including veterans' organizations who have united in opposition. Erin Macey, IIWF policy analyst leading the charge against this destructive bill, testified before the committee, "The bill before you is not reform. This is a dramatic expansion of payday lending - one that would allow a borrower making $17k/year to take a $1500 loan where currently they would qualify for $250. This is a model that 88% of voters clearly want to see reformed not expanded. It is a request for extreme loosening of Indiana's current installment lending laws - laws that already allow installment loans that reach 71% APR. 72% APR is criminal loan sharking. What you are hear today to decide is whether or not to legalize what is currently considered to be felony loansharking." 

HB1319 will reach the House floor early next week. There will be an amendment proposed to drop the APR to 36%. Please ask your House member to vote YES on the 36% APR amendment for all borrowers and NO on any expansion of payday lending.


SB416 will be heard in committee next week. This bill allows all lenders - not just payday lenders - to skirt our loansharking law and make triple-digit APR loans. Call committee members and urge them to vote NO on any other expansion of payday lending. 

Also, please contact House Ways and Means members and Chair Tim Brown and ask that he give HB 1152 a hearing! This bill would greatly reduce or waive driver’s license reinstatement fees for non-safety offenses for people below 125% of the poverty line. This aligns with previous Coalition efforts to improve transportation to work & training. The bill passed House Courts & Criminal Code, but is stuck in the Ways & Means committee. We encourage you to contact members of the committee here and Chairman Tim Brown’s office at H41@iga.in.gov or 317-232-9651 by Monday to support & request a hearing.

HIGHLIGHTED BILLS AND OTHER HAPPENINGS AT THE INSTITUTE

SB 11 was scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor for a third reading on Monday January 22, due to a fiscal note and concerns over the effect the bill could have on the SNAP IMPACT job training program, the bill was referred to the Appropriations Committee. On Thursday January 25th, the Appropriations committee unanimously passed SB11 with an amendment to extend the start date by a year in order to allow the legislature time to appropriate the funding next year. SB11 will now head to back to the Senate floor Monday for a second reading.

The Senate released their Workforce Development bill SB50 this week. SB50 addresses career readiness and job training. IIWF Director Jessica Fraser testified on the bill before the Appropriations committee on Thursday, January 25th. Expressing concerns that the bill did not do enough to support the persistence of adult students in postsecondary education and training, which we see as a critical component of the state's skills mismatch. IIWF also has concerns about the proposed creation of a new 'commission for technical education' and its implications for the overall workforce system. However, IIWF's testimony also expressed conditional support for many of the provisions in the bill if our concerns can be addressed. We will attempt to improve the bill as it continues through the legislative process. SB50 was held by the committee for amendments will be be addressed again next week.   

Policy Analyst Amy Carter testified in support of HB1065 addressing broadband access. We support this bill and highlighted the need for all Hoosiers to have access to affordable, high-speed internet so they can achieve self-sufficiency.

HB1245 On Tuesday January 23 Senior Policy Analyst Andrew Bradley testified in support of HB1245 addressing occupational licensing barriers for people with criminal histories. The Institute believes there are some criminal background check provisions in this bill that could be helpful if strengthened, but also believes that their are some serious deregulatory and local provisions that are problematic and should be separated from the bill and considered independently. The bill passed out of committee by a vote of 8-3 and will go to the House floor for a second reading.

HB1285 creates a study to investigate issues related to eligibility verification and monitoring, identity authentication and work requirements for SNAP and Medicaid programs. Our partner on this SNAP legislation Emily Bryant from Feeding Indiana's Hungry testified in support of the bill.

Senior Policy Analyst Andrew Bradley testified on Tuesday January 23 in support of HB1134, which creates a partnership between employers, workers and the state to help potential employees receive drug dependency treatment. We appreciate the innovative approach to helping employ individuals who fail their initial drug screening, especially that it combines efforts from employers, employees, and state & community services. We'll continue to work with legislators to ensure that any employee contributions don't endanger self-sufficiency. HB1134 passed out of committee 11-0.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AT THE INSTITUTE:

Thursday evening January 25th the Institute held its first Wage Gap Panel. The panel, lead by report author and IIWF policy analyst Erin Macey,  addressed and discussed the varied and multi-factorial causes of the wage gap between Hoosier men and women. Panelist participants included: 

Demetrees Hutchins, Ph. D. Indiana University School of Education - IUPUI 
Quincy Sauer, Labor & Employment Attorney for Macey Swanson LLP.
Sarah Waddle, Director of AARP
Kate Kunk, RN, Caregiving Options Counselor CICOA & In-Home Solutions
Colleen Yeakle, Coordinator of Prevention Initiatives at Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

To learn more about our panelist and watch the discussion please visit our Facebook page.

There are currently two bills in the General Assembly which address the wage gap and provide solution to help begin to remedy the problem HB1390 addresses equal pay and has bipartisan support, HB1344 calls for pregnancy accommodations in the work place and also has received bipartisan support. Please call Representative Van Natter and ask him give HB1344 a hearing: 317-232-9620

OTHER WATCHED BILLS:

HB1003
STREAMLINING AGENCY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS (GUTWEIN D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state offices and administration.

Current Status:   
1/23/2018 - Referred to Senate

Recent Status:   
1/22/2018 - Senate sponsor: Senator Bray
1/22/2018 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 22: yeas 92, nays 2

State Bill Page:   

HB1023
ANNEXATION REMONSTRANCE WAIVERS (BACON R) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning local government.

Current Status:   
1/29/2018 - House Bills on Second Reading

Recent Status:   
1/25/2018 - DO PASS AMEND Yeas: 12; Nays: 0
1/25/2018 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted

State Bill Page:   

HB1036
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (LEONARD D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning labor and safety.

Current Status:   
1/23/2018 - Referred to Senate

Recent Status:   
1/22/2018 - Senate sponsors: Senators Boots and Buck
1/22/2018 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 26: yeas 94, nays 0

State Bill Page:   

HB1048
TAX CREDITS (LEHMAN M) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.

Current Status:   
1/25/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

Recent Status:   
1/18/2018 - added as coauthors Representatives Sullivan, Slager, Goodin
1/3/2018 - Referred to House Ways and Means

State Bill Page:   

HB1080
CENTRAL INDIANA PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS (MOED J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to repeal a provision of the Indiana Code concerning transportation.

Current Status:   
1/29/2018 - House Bills on Second Reading

Recent Status:   
1/25/2018 - Committee Report do pass, adopted
1/24/2018 - DO PASS Yeas: 11; Nays: 1

State Bill Page:   

HB1116
DENTAL HYGIENIST ACCESS PRACTICE AGREEMENTS (FRIZZELL D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning professions and occupations.

Current Status:   
1/25/2018 - Senate sponsors: Senators Leising and Charbonneau

Recent Status:   
1/25/2018 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 50: yeas 92, nays 0
1/25/2018 - House Bills on Third Reading

State Bill Page:   

HB1220
FSSA MATTERS (KIRCHHOFER C) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.

Current Status:   
1/29/2018 - House Bills on Second Reading

Recent Status:   
1/25/2018 - added as coauthors Representatives Bacon and Shackleford
1/25/2018 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted

State Bill Page:   

HB1265
VETERANS' PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTION (KLINKER S) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.

Current Status:   
1/16/2018 - Referred to House Ways and Means

Recent Status:   
1/16/2018 - First Reading
1/16/2018 - Authored By Sheila Klinker

State Bill Page:   

SB29
PREKINDERGARTEN PILOT PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY (MELTON E) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Current Status:   
1/3/2018 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development

Recent Status:   
1/3/2018 - First Reading
1/3/2018 - Authored By Eddie Melton

State Bill Page:   

SB96
VETERANS PILOT PROGRAM (DELPH M) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning military and veterans.

Current Status:   
1/25/2018 - Committee Report amend do pass adopted; reassigned to Committee on Appropriations

Recent Status:   
1/24/2018 - DO PASS AMEND Yeas: 7; Nays: 0
1/24/2018 - Senate Health and Provider Services, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

State Bill Page:   

SB157
REAL WORLD CAREER READINESS PROGRAM (RUCKELSHAUS J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Current Status:   
1/25/2018 - added as coauthors Senators Crane and Bassler

Recent Status:   
1/25/2018 - added as coauthor Senator Melton
1/25/2018 - Committee Report do pass adopted; reassigned to Committee on Appropriations

State Bill Page:   

SB166
REPORTING ON WORKER MISCLASSIFICATION (NIEZGODSKI D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning labor and safety.

Current Status:   
1/23/2018 - added as coauthor Senator Randolph

Recent Status:   
1/23/2018 - Cosponsors: Representatives Taylor J, Bacon and Forestal
1/23/2018 - House sponsor: Representative Morris

State Bill Page:   

SB172
COMPUTER SCIENCE (RAATZ J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Current Status:   
1/25/2018 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted

Recent Status:   
1/25/2018 - DO PASS AMEND Yeas: 11; Nays: 0
1/25/2018 - Senate Appropriations, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

State Bill Page:   

News Stories:   

SB187
CHILD CARE (HOLDMAN T) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.

Current Status:   
1/24/2018 - House sponsor: Representative Mahan

Recent Status:   
1/23/2018 - added as coauthor Senator Kruse
1/23/2018 - added as second author Senator Houchin

State Bill Page:   

SB204
VETERANS EDUCATIONAL MATTERS (FREEMAN A) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning military and veterans.

Current Status:   
1/24/2018 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

Recent Status:   
1/11/2018 - added as second author Senator Glick
1/3/2018 - Referred to Senate Education and Career Development

State Bill Page:   

SB232
ACCESS TO NUTRITIOUS FOOD PROGRAM (RUCKELSHAUS J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.

Current Status:   
1/23/2018 - added as coauthors Senators Crane, Ford, Kruse, Lanane

Recent Status:   
1/23/2018 - added as coauthor Senator Randolph
1/23/2018 - Cosponsors: Representatives Sullivan, Shackleford and Summers

State Bill Page:   

SB242
TAX ISSUES (HOLDMAN T) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.

Current Status:   
1/30/2018 - Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

Recent Status:   
1/25/2018 - added as coauthor Senator Randolph
1/23/2018 - Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

State Bill Page:   

SB250
ABSENTEE VOTING (MRVAN F) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning elections.

Current Status:   
1/22/2018 - Cosponsor: Representative Kersey

Recent Status:   
1/22/2018 - House sponsor: Representative Richardson
1/22/2018 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 37: yeas 39, nays 10

State Bill Page:   

SB290
WORKER'S COMPENSATION (FORD J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning labor and safety.

Current Status:   
1/25/2018 - Second reading amended, ordered engrossed

Recent Status:   
1/25/2018 - Amendment #2 (Tallian) prevailed; voice vote
1/25/2018 - Amendment #1 (Ford) prevailed; voice vote

State Bill Page:   

SB297
EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS CURRICULUM (RAATZ J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Current Status:   
1/25/2018 - Committee Report amend do pass adopted; reassigned to Committee on Appropriations

Recent Status:   
1/24/2018 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/17/2018 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

State Bill Page:   

SB301
CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS FOR HOME HEALTH WORKERS (RAATZ J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health.

Current Status:   
1/22/2018 - House sponsor: Representative Thompson

Recent Status:   
1/22/2018 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 40: yeas 49, nays 0
1/22/2018 - Senate Bills on Third Reading

State Bill Page:   

SB303
VARIOUS EDUCATION MATTERS (RAATZ J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Current Status:   
1/25/2018 - added as coauthor Senator Melton

Recent Status:   
1/25/2018 - Committee Report amend do pass adopted; reassigned to Committee on Appropriations
1/24/2018 - DO PASS AMEND Yeas: 10; Nays: 1

State Bill Page:   

SB329
ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION AT CENTRAL LOCATION (WALKER G) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning elections.

Current Status:   
1/25/2018 - added as second author Senator Bohacek

Recent Status:   
1/22/2018 - Senate Elections, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/4/2018 - Referred to Senate Elections

State Bill Page:   

SB353
TAX CREDITS (KRUSE D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.

Current Status:   
1/30/2018 - Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

Recent Status:   
1/25/2018 - added as coauthors Senators Stoops and Randolph
1/25/2018 - added as second author Senator Raatz

State Bill Page:   

SB360
PERINATAL LEVELS OF CARE DESIGNATION CERTIFICATION (CHARBONNEAU E) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health.

Current Status:   
1/23/2018 - added as coauthor Senator Randolph

Recent Status:   
1/23/2018 - Cosponsor: Representative Bacon
1/23/2018 - House sponsor: Representative Kirchhofer

State Bill Page:   

SB425
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE MATTERS (DORIOT B) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning labor and safety.

Current Status:   
1/25/2018 - added as coauthor Senator Ruckelshaus

Recent Status:   
1/25/2018 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted
1/24/2018 - DO PASS AMEND Yeas: 10; Nays: 0

State Bill Page:   

SB438
STUDY COMMITTEE OF STATE AGENCY MANAGEMENT (SPARTZ V) A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning state offices and administration.

Current Status:   
1/25/2018 - added as coauthor Senator Stoops

Recent Status:   
1/25/2018 - added as coauthor Senator Randolph
1/25/2018 - added as third author Senator Perfect

State Bill Page:   

SR6
URGING SUPPORT OF CHIP RE-AUTHORIZATION (BREAUX J) 

Current Status:   
1/23/2018 - Withdrawn

Recent Status:   
1/23/2018 - Senate Resolutions Eligible for Adoption
1/22/2018 - Senate Resolutions Eligible for Adoption

State Bill Page:   

 NEXT WEEK: (Click the Committee name to watch live)
Monday, January 29, 2018
Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 10:00 AM, House Chamber

Rep. Kirchhofer: 317-232-9793

VETERANS RECOVERY PILOT PROGRAM. (ZENT D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning military and veterans. 

Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 10:30 AM, Rm. 404

Rep. Brown: 317-232-9651

REORGANIZATION OF WORKFORCE FUNDING AND PROGRAMS. (HUSTON T) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state offices and administration. 

Report(s): 1.16 - 1.19, My Tracked Bills
INNKEEPERS' TAXES. (OBER D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation. 

Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 1:00 PM, Rm. 156-B

Rep. Ober: 317-232-9643

HIGH SPEED INTERNET SERVICE. (OBER D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning utilities. 
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 9:00 AM, Rm. 130

Sen. Young: 317-232-9517

BIAS MOTIVATED CRIMES. (GLICK S) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning criminal law and procedure. 

Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 9:00 AM, Rm. 431

Sen. Holdman: 317-232-9807

PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING. (ECKERTY D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation. 
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. 
COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS. (BOOTS P) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation. 

Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 10:00 AM, Rm. 233

Sen. Delph: 317-232-9541

REGISTRY OF EMPLOYERS PREFERRING VETERANS. (MRVAN F) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state and local administration. 
VETERANS MATTERS. (BOOTS P) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning military and veterans. 
EMERGENCY RULES FOR VETERANS' PROGRAMS. (BECKER V) A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning military and veterans. 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 9:00 AM, Rm. 431

Sen. Charbonneau: 317-232-9494

OFFICE BASED OPIOID TREATMENT PROGRAMS. (HOUCHIN E) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services. 

Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 1:30 PM, Senate Chamber

Sen. Kruse: 317-233-0930
*NOTE: SB 43 ADDED TO SCHEDULE*

WORKFORCE READY GRANT. (ZAKAS J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning higher education. 
THE INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. (KRUSE D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education. 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 9:00 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. 

ON THE FLOOR:


INDIANA SENATE
Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 1:30 PM
Senate Clerk - 317-232-9421



SENATE BILLS ON SECOND READING

SB11** 
ELIGIBILITY FOR SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE. (BOHACEK M) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.
SB62** 
HOSPICES AND MEDICAID. (BECKER V) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.
SB172** 
COMPUTER SCIENCE. (RAATZ J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.
SB326** 
REDISTRICTING STANDARDS. (WALKER G) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning elections.
SB420** 
CREDIT SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS. (PERFECT C) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning trade regulation.
SB425** 
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE MATTERS. (DORIOT B) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning labor and safety.
INDIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 1:30 PM
House Clerk - 317-232-9608


HOUSE BILLS ON SECOND READING

HB1007** 
EXPANDING MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS. (KIRCHHOFER C) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health.
HB1023** 
ANNEXATION REMONSTRANCE WAIVERS. (BACON R) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning local government.
HB1080** 
CENTRAL INDIANA PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS. (MOED J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to repeal a provision of the Indiana Code concerning transportation.
HB1104** 
PROPERTY TAX MATTERS. (LEONARD D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.
HB1141** 
COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER FUNDING. (SCHAIBLEY D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.
HB1220** 
FSSA MATTERS. (KIRCHHOFER C) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.
HB1245** 
OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING. (DEVON D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state and local administration.
HB1285** 
NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE. (VANNATTER H) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.
HB1288** 
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. (TORR J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state and local administration.
HB1319** 
SMALL LOANS AND UNSECURED CONSUMER INSTALLMENT LOANS. (CARBAUGH M) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning trade regulation.

See the full list of bills the Institute is tracking here.




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