Friday, March 16, 2018

The  Indiana General Assembly's 2018 legislative session ended shortly after midnight -the Sine Die deadline - on Wednesday, March 14th (technically Thursday, March 15th). After three years of dedication and effort, the Institute and coalition partners successfully passed a bill to remove the lifetime ban from SNAP placed upon people with felony drug convictions. In addition, during this final week of session, we saw the legislature enact positive reforms to occupational licensing which will help open pathways for people with criminal records, put in place protections allowing DACA recipients to obtain professional licences, and expand several employer training and workforce programs.

HB1002 and SB50, the two major workforce development reorganization bills discussed this session, both passed the legislature. HB1002 included new employer incentives for the Work INdiana program and will help connect adults without high school degrees to jobs, while at the same time helping them to earn workforce credentials. The bill will also expand employer training programs and a state study of whether the state should submit a 'Combined' WIOA plan to align the state's workforce programs across agencies. SB50 replaces the SWIC, with a new Governor's Workforce Cabinet. The Institute is concerned the new cabinet does not fully meet the guideline of 20 percent representation of the workforce laid out in federal statute, however we appreciate the inclusion of a Community-Based Organization on the cabinet to represent low income workers. 

HB1317, a heath matters bill, was amended with language from SB11 to remove the lifetime ban from SNAP on people with drug felonies. HB1317 successfully passed both chambers and is now on its way to the Governor's desk. The passage of HB1317 is a result of a lot of hard work put forward by a coalition of organizations and faith groups who recognize the importance of access to food as a right for everyone.

HB1245 will reform occupational licensing as it relates to people with criminal backgrounds. This bill will do away with blanket restrictions and open doors for people who have made efforts to turn their lives around. Our Legislative & Communications Assistant Ann Radtke testified in support of these provisions and expertly handled legislator questions in the Conference Committee for the bill. HB1245 is now awaiting Governor Holcomb's signature.

SB419 protects the rights of Hoosier DACA recipients to obtain professional occupational licenses. The bill corrects changes to the license application process that were implemented before DACA was enacted, and SB419 is now awaiting the Governor's signature. 

While we closely monitored SB1316, it did not pass before the clock ran out on the day of Sine Die. SB1316 contained language that would have reduced Indiana's Earned Income Tax Credit. IIWF Director Jessica Fraser testified in Conference Committee on concerns the Institute has in regards to the long-term impact of proposed changes to the EITC when it was first introduced in SB242, before the language was inserted into HB1316. There has been some mention of the possibility of a special session where the issue could arise again.

OTHER TRACKED BILLS THAT PASSED DURING THE 2018 SESSION: 

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

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

Recent Status:   

3/6/2018 - House concurred in Senate amendments; Roll Call 321: yeas 87, nays 0

3/6/2018 - House Concurred with Senate Amendments Concurred (86-0)

HB1007
MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS (KIRCHHOFER C) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health.

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore

Recent Status:   

3/14/2018 - House Conference Committees Eligible for Action

3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (H) Report 1: adopted by the House; Roll Call 389: yeas 98, nays 0; Rules Suspended

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

Current Status:   
3/8/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recent Status:   

3/7/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

3/5/2018 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore

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

Current Status:   
3/13/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recent Status:   

3/12/2018 - Received by Governor

3/12/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

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

Current Status:   
3/8/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recent Status:   

3/7/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

3/5/2018 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore

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

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (S) Report 1: adopted by the Senate;; Rules Suspended

Recent Status:   

3/14/2018 - House Conference Committees Eligible for Action

3/14/2018 - CCR # 1 filed in the Senate

HB1065
BROADBAND GRANTS AND HIGH SPEED INTERNET SERVICE (OBER D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning utilities.

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - House Conference Committees Eligible for Action

Recent Status:   

3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (H) Report 1: adopted by the House; Roll Call 412: yeas 94, nays 1; Rules Suspended

3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (94-1)

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

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (S) Report 1: adopted by the Senate; Roll Call 407: yeas 47, nays 1; Rules Suspended

Recent Status:   

3/14/2018 - House Conference Committees Eligible for Action

3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (H) Report 1: adopted by the House; Roll Call 398: yeas 99, nays 0; Rules Suspended

HB1104
TAX MATTERS (LEONARD D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (S) (41-6)

Recent Status:   

3/14/2018 - CCR # 1 filed in the Senate

3/14/2018 - CCR # 1 filed in the House

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

Current Status:   
3/8/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recent Status:   

3/7/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

3/5/2018 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore

HB1141
COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER FUNDING (SCHAIBLEY D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recent Status:   

3/13/2018 - Received by Governor

3/13/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate


Recent Status:   

1/11/2018 - House Education, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

1/9/2018 - added as coauthor Representative Cherry

HB1175
DIABETES REPORTING (SUMMERS V) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health.

Current Status:   
3/8/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recent Status:   

3/7/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

3/5/2018 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore


Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Received by Governor

Recent Status:   

3/14/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

3/7/2018 - House concurred in Senate amendments; Roll Call 345: yeas 93, nays 0

HB1285
NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE (VANNATTER H) A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning human services.

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Received by Governor

Recent Status:   

3/14/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

3/8/2018 - House concurred in Senate amendments; Roll Call 353: yeas 74, nays 0

HB1288
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (TORR J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state and local administration.

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore

Recent Status:   

3/13/2018 - House concurred in Senate amendments; Roll Call 369: yeas 83, nays 0

3/13/2018 - House concurred in Senate amendments;

HB1382
STUDY OF PHARMACY DESERTS (BROWN C) A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning health.

Current Status:   
3/13/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recent Status:   

3/12/2018 - Received by Governor

3/12/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate


HB1426
EDUCATION MATTERS (BEHNING R) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - House Conference Committees Eligible for Action

Recent Status:   

3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (H) Report 1: adopted by the House; Roll Call 415: yeas 71, nays 25; Rules Suspended

3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (71-25)

SB1
SUNDAY CARRYOUT SALES (ALTING R) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning alcohol and tobacco.

Current Status:   
2/28/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recent Status:   

2/27/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

2/22/2018 - Senate concurred in House amendments; Roll Call 223: yeas 38, nays 10

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:   
3/7/2018 - Signed by the Governor

Recent Status:   

3/7/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

3/6/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

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

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (S) Report 1: adopted by the Senate; Roll Call 381: yeas 46, nays 0

Recent Status:   

3/13/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (H) Report 1: adopted by the House; Roll Call 381: yeas 98, nays 0; Rules Suspended

3/13/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (96-0)

SB104
VETERANS' COURT FUND (DELPH M) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state and local administration.

Current Status:   
2/6/2018 - DEAD BILL; Fails to advance by Senate 3rd reading deadline (Rule 79(a))

Recent Status:   

1/3/2018 - Referred to Senate Judiciary

1/3/2018 - First Reading

SB142
MATERNAL MORTALITY REVIEW COMMITTEE (LEISING J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health.

Current Status:   
3/13/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recent Status:   

3/12/2018 - Received by Governor

3/12/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

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

Current Status:   
3/8/2018 - Senate concurred in House amendments; Roll Call 367: yeas 35, nays 0

Recent Status:   

3/8/2018 - Senate concurred in House amendments;

3/8/2018 - Senate Concurred with House Amendments Concurred (35-0)

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

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

Recent Status:   

3/7/2018 - Senate concurred in House amendments; Roll Call 357: yeas 45, nays 1

3/7/2018 - Senate concurred in House amendments;

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

Current Status:   
3/13/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recent Status:   

3/12/2018 - Received by Governor

3/12/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

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

Current Status:   
3/13/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recent Status:   

3/12/2018 - Received by Governor

3/12/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

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

Current Status:   
3/6/2018 - Senate concurred in House amendments; Roll Call 347: yeas 49, nays 0

Recent Status:   

3/6/2018 - Senate concurred in House amendments;

3/6/2018 - Senate Concurred with House Amendments Concurred (49-0)

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

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (H) Report 1: adopted by the House; Roll Call 403: yeas 86, nays 0; Rules Suspended

Recent Status:   

3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (85-0)

3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (S) Report 1: adopted by the Senate; Roll Call 403: yeas 47, nays 0; Rules Suspended


SB353
STUDY TOPICS (KRUSE D) A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning taxation.

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

Recent Status:   

3/6/2018 - Senate concurred in House amendments; Roll Call 350: yeas 49, nays 0

3/6/2018 - Senate concurred in House amendments;

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

Current Status:   
3/7/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recent Status:   

3/6/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

2/27/2018 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore

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

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (S) Report 1: adopted by the Senate; Roll Call 386: yeas 48, nays 0

Recent Status:   

3/14/2018 - Senate Conference Committees Eligible for Action

3/13/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (H) Report 1: adopted by the House; Roll Call 385: yeas 97, nays 0; Rules Suspended

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

Current Status:   
3/13/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Recent Status:   

3/12/2018 - Received by Governor

3/12/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate

SB419
PROFESSIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSES (DORIOT B) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning local government.

Current Status:   
3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (H) Report 1: adopted by the House; Roll Call 404: yeas 85, nays 7; Rules Suspended

Recent Status:   

3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (80-7)

3/14/2018 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (S) Report 1: adopted by the Senate; Roll Call 405: yeas 39, nays 8; Rules Suspended

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

Current Status:   
3/1/2018 - Senate concurred in House amendments; Roll Call 276: yeas 48, nays 0

Recent Status:   

3/1/2018 - Senate concurred in House amendments;

3/1/2018 - Senate Concurred with House Amendments Concurred (48-0)

SR4
CONCERNING THE MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS IN LAKE AND PORTER COUNTIES (NIEMEYER R) 

Current Status:   
1/16/2018 - added as coauthor Senator Randolph

Recent Status:   

1/16/2018 - Second reading adopted voice vote

1/16/2018 - Senate Resolutions Eligible for Adoption

SR5
SUPPORTING TAIWAN'S SIGNING OF A BILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENT WITH THE U.S. AND REAFFIRMING SUPPORT FOR INCREASING TAIWAN'S INTERNATIONAL PROFILE (YOUNG M) 

Current Status:   
1/16/2018 - Second reading adopted voice vote

Recent Status:   

1/16/2018 - Senate Resolutions Eligible for Adoption

1/11/2018 - Committee Report do pass, adopted

SR25
URGING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO ASSIGN THE TOPIC OF ESTABLISHING A VOLUNTARY PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE PROGRAM TO THE APPROPRIATE STUDY COMMITTEE (TALLIAN K) 

Current Status:   
2/26/2018 - added as coauthor Senator Randolph

Recent Status:   

2/26/2018 - Second reading adopted voice vote

2/26/2018 - Senate Resolutions Eligible for Adoption

For the current status of bills that have made it to the Governor's desk, see the Governor's Bill Watch page here.
For a final status of all the bills we tracked this session, please visit our Final Tracked Bills list here.



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