Monday, February 19, 2018
Last week, all remaining moving bills switched houses. After a short break, the General Assembly reconvened and began holding committee meetings. It was a slow week for many of the bills we have been watching but is sure to pick up in the coming weeks. Check here for the current status of all the bills we're tracking this session.
The most important thing you can do today is find your Senator and call (800) 382-9467 to ask them to vote NO on HB1319 Payday Lending expansion. Watch this video about what to expect when you call, and see our factsheet about the bill. Tell your Senator:
• 88% of Hoosiers want to see reform of payday lending, but instead this bill expands what payday lenders can offer into larger, longer loans.
• #36isthefix: The Senate should reject any proposal that creates new loans over 36% APR. 36% is the rate the military requested when they saw the damage caused by high-cost lending, and 15 states now cap all loans at 36% or less.
• High-cost loans-whether two weeks or one-year create a cascade of negative consequences for borrowers that can take years to address.
Also, SB11 awaits a hearing in the House. This bill would remove the lifetime ban on nutrition assistance for people who have served their time for previous drug-related felonies.
SB232: Access to Nutritious Food Program also known as the "Food Desert" bill, passed the Family Children and Human Services committee 11-0. The bill will create a program under the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) to study food distribution systems to find best ways to distribute healthy foods to urban and rural food deserts.
SB142: Maternal Mortality Review passed out of the House Health Policy committee 11-0. Indiana has experienced maternal mortality at twice the national average dis-proportionally affecting minority communities. The study will seek to determine the causes so policy can be created to reverse the trend and help save the live of mothers.
Last week, the Institute's Director Jessica Fraser and Senior Policy Analyst Andrew Bradley joined other Indiana Skills2Compete delegates at the National Skills Coalition's Skills Summit in Washington, D.C. The group met with nearly every office of Indiana's Congressional delegation to talk about the need to invest in Hoosiers’ education and training in order to fill Indiana employers’ demand for a skilled workforce and for working Hoosier families to earn family-sustaining incomes. Follow our workforce development Skills2Compete Coalition on Facebook and Twitter!
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 8:30 AM, House Chamber
Rep. Behning: 317-232-9643
COMPUTER SCIENCE. (RAATZ J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.
HOUSE EMPLOYMENT, LABOR AND PENSIONS
Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 8:30 AM, Rm. 156-A
Rep. VanNatter: 317-234-9499
OCCUPATIONAL REGULATION OVERSIGHT AND REVIEW. (HOLDMAN T) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state offices and administration.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE MATTERS. (DORIOT B) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning labor and safety.
SENATE TAX AND FISCAL POLICY
Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 9:00 AM, Rm. 431
Sen. Holdman: 317-232-9807
*NOTE: SR 16 REMOVED FROM SCHEDULE*
*NOTE: HB 1263 ADDED TO SCHEDULE*
INNKEEPERS' TAXES. (OBER D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. (TORR J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state and local administration.
SENATE VETERANS AFFAIRS AND THE MILITARY
Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 9:00 AM, Senate Chamber
Sen. Delph: 317-232-9541
*MG CARR, NATIONAL GUARD PRESENTATION*
*DIRECTOR JIM BROWN AND MATT VINCENT IDVA PRESENTATION*
*NOTE: HB 1047 AND HB 1402 ADDED TO SCHEDULE*
EDUCATION BENEFITS FOR VETERANS. (WESCO T) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning military and veterans.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
SENATE HEALTH AND PROVIDER SERVICES
Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 9:00 AM, Rm. 431
Sen. Charbonneau: 317-232-9494
*NOTE: PRESENTATION FROM JIM MCCLELLAND*
EXPANDING MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS. (KIRCHHOFER C) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health.
SENATE PENSIONS AND LABOR
Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 10:00 AM, Rm. 233
Sen. Boots: 317-234-9054
OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING. (DEVON D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state and local administration.
SENATE EDUCATION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 1:30 PM, Senate Chamber
Sen. Kruse: 317-233-0930
*NOTE: COMMITTEE WILL ADJOURN BY 6:00 P.M.*
VARIOUS HIGHER EDUCATION MATTERS. (SULLIVAN H) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning higher education.
SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 1:30 PM, Rm. 130
Sen. Buck: 317-232-9466
ANNEXATION REMONSTRANCE WAIVERS. (BACON R) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning local government.
SENATE PUBLIC POLICY
Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 1:30 PM, Rm. 431
Sen. Alting: 317-232-9517
SUNDAY SALES OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES FOR CARRYOUT. (SMALTZ B) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning alcohol and tobacco.
HOUSE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 3:30 PM, Rm. 156-D
Rep. Burton: 317-232-9648
SMALL LOANS. (PERFECT C) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning financial institutions.
CONSUMER CREDIT CODE. (ECKERTY D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning trade regulation.
CREDIT SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS. (PERFECT C) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning trade regulation.