Friday, February 23, 2018


The pace has picked up in the General Assembly as we head into the final third of the session. There was movement on a few key bills including reorganizing workforce development, reforming occupational licensing, and studying paid family leave. Meanwhile, we expect a committee vote on expanded payday lending on March 1st, so keep the calls coming to (800) 382-9467!

SR25 a resolution to study paid family leave was introduced by Senator Tallian in the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee. In the 2017 session, the legislature passed SB253 and it was signed into law by Governor Holcomb. SB253 called for study of paid family leave. In spite of this, leadership in the House and Senate did not assign paid leave as a topic to be studied over the summer. SR25 once again calls on the legislature to study this topic. The resolution passed by a vote of 7-1. See the Institute's research and recommendations for paid leave here.

HB1245 reforms background checks for occupational licencing and calls for licensing restrictions based upon criminal histories to be applicable to the crime. The bill takes into consideration factors such as length of time passed from conviction, and would provide individuals the opportunity to provide evidence of mitigation and rehabilitation. A section contained in HB1245 preempted the authority of local county government to require county issued occupational licencing. This section created a divide among those who otherwise supported the sections of the bill which would make licensing options available to more people. Chairman Senator Phillip Boots called for an amendment to remove Section II, the controversial section of the bill, which passed 5-4. The amended HB1245 then passed out of the Pensions and Labor committee 9-0.

SB142 Maternal Mortality Review Passed 3rd reading in the House 194-0. This bill will enable us to better understand why women are dying during and following the childbirth.

SB416 A consumer credit code bill that would have allowed for banks, credit unions, and non-traditional lenders to skirt our criminal loansharking statute and raise interest rates and fees on many types of consumer credit products was not heard as scheduled by the House Financial Institutions Committee. Chairman Burton stated his intent to contact the Legislative Council to be sure the issue was studied over the summer.

We are continuing to work to defeat HB1319, the payday lending expansion bill. Thank you to everyone who has called their legislators. They are not only receiving, but mentioning the flood of calls they have received from Hoosiers against any payday expansion that exceeds 36 percent APR. Recently, Indiana's faith leaders leaders from across the state composed a letter urging legislators to reject HB1319. The letter was picked up by newspapers across the state including the Fort Wayne News Sentinel, the Evansville Courier & Press, the Lafayette Journal & Courier and the Indianapolis Star. Please help keep calls rolling in to legislators by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper. You can use these three main points to help guide you as you write:
• 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.
• For more information and talking points see our HB1319 factsheet here.

The Institute's Director Jessica Fraser testified on SB50 Workforce Development, Career and Technical Education in the House Ways and Means Committee. SB50 does much to address career readiness for K-12 students but could go further to address upskilling for low-skill, low-wage adults. SB50 was held in committee until February 26th for further discussion. 
Jessica also met this week with Congressional leaders to discuss issues concerning Indiana's infrastructure needs. On Tuesday, Jessica meet with Congressmen Andre Carson and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer on the 'Make It In America Listening Tour,' urging lawmakers to make sure infrastructure investments include comprehensive job training. Jessica encouraged the lawmakers to support the BUILDS act and JOBS act to expand access to credentials and training partnerships.

OTHER BILLS THIS WEEK:

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

Current Status:   
2/22/2018 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 222: yeas 46, nays 2

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

Current Status:   
2/20/2018 - added as cosponsor Senator Randolph

HB1047
EDUCATION BENEFITS FOR VETERANS (WESCO T) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning military and veterans.

Current Status:   
2/22/2018 - added as cosponsor Senator Zakas

HB1074
VARIOUS HIGHER EDUCATION MATTERS (SULLIVAN H) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning higher education.

Current Status:   
2/22/2018 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted

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

Current Status:   
2/20/2018 - Third reading passed;



SB4
DUTIES OF CORRECTIONS AND CRIMINAL CODE INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE (BRAY R) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning criminal law and procedure.

Current Status:   
2/20/2018 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 188: yeas 94, nays 0

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

Current Status:   
2/26/2018 - Senate Bills on Second Reading

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

Current Status:   
2/26/2018 - Senate Bills on Second Reading

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

Current Status:   
2/20/2018 - Returned to the Senate with amendments

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

Current Status:   
2/26/2018 - Senate Bills on Second Reading

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

Current Status:   
2/20/2018 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 203: yeas 95, nays 0

SB363
FSSA MATTERS (CHARBONNEAU E) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.

Current Status:   
2/26/2018 - Senate Bills on Second Reading

SB377
SMALL LOANS (PERFECT C) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning financial institutions.

Current Status:   
2/26/2018 - Senate Bills on Second Reading

SB420
CREDIT SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS (PERFECT C) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning trade regulation.

Current Status:   
2/26/2018 - Senate Bills on Second Reading

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

Current Status:   
2/20/2018 - House Employment, Labor and Pensions, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

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

Current Status:   
2/26/2018 - Senate Bills on Third Reading

NEXT WEEK:


Monday, February 26, 2018
SENATE FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES
Watch Live Here
Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 9:00 AM, Senate Chamber

Sen. Grooms: 317-234-9425

HB1220
FSSA MATTERS. (KIRCHHOFER C) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services. 
HB1285
NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE. (VANNATTER H) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services. 
HB1382
STUDY OF PHARMACY DESERTS. (BROWN C) A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning health. 

HOUSE JUDICIARY
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Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 10:00 AM, Rm. 156-D

Rep. Steuerwald: 317-232-9833
**SB 402 has been added to the list of bills to be heard

SB179
CHILD SUPPORT. (BRAY R) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning family law and juvenile law. 

HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS
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Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 10:00 AM, Rm. 404

Rep. Brown: 317-232-9651

SB50
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT; CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. (LONG D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state offices and administration. 
SB172
COMPUTER SCIENCE. (RAATZ J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education. 
SB189
K-12 FUNDING. (MISHLER R) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education and to make an appropriation. 
SB242
TAX ISSUES. (HOLDMAN T) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation. 
SB399
OCCUPATIONAL REGULATION OVERSIGHT AND REVIEW. (HOLDMAN T) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state offices and administration. 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
HOUSE EDUCATION
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Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 8:30 AM, House Chamber

Rep. Behning: 317-232-9643

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

SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY AND TRANSPORTATION
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Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 9:00 AM, Rm. 233

Sen. Crider: 317-234-9054

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

SENATE TAX AND FISCAL POLICY
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Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 10:00 AM, Rm. 431

Sen. Holdman: 317-232-9807

HB1056
INNKEEPERS' TAXES. (OBER D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation. 

For the updated status of all the bills we are tracking click here.





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