Friday, March 2, 2018

It's been a victorious week at the General Assembly with the defeat of HB1319. In addition the occupational licencing reform bill, HB1245, is moving; we are continuing to work on SB11 to remove the SNAP ban placed on people with felony drug convictions, and amendments which strengthen upskilling opportunities for low-income, low skill adults have been added to the two workforce development bills, HB1002 & SB50,currently moving through the legislature.

HB1319 is dead! 

This bill would have allowed payday lenders to charge triple digit APR's and skirt loan sharking laws.

Senator Mark Messmer, Chairman of the Senate Commerce and Technology Committee chose not to give the bill a hearing Thursday."Killing a bill to expand payday lending is a bittersweet victory," Said Policy Analyst Erin Macey, who was IIWF's lead in a coalition of like minded organizations to stop HB1319 from becoming law. "Thanks to the leadership of Senator Messmer, we've prevented further damage, but the current two-week product still exists and will continue to ensnaring low-income borrowers in high-cost debt." An appetite for reform is growing among lawmakers at the statehouse. #36isthefix and we will continue to work for the reform of payday lending which includes a cap of 36% APR in future sessions. 

HB1245 addresses occupational licencing and the challenges faced by workers with criminal backgrounds. HB1245 calls on the state to reform licensing restrictions by limiting restrictions to crimes related to the occupation, places a time limit in which a persons criminal background can be used in determining eligibility, creates a petitioning process for people to determine eligibility and creates a case by case appeals process. Indiana currently has 160 licensing restrictions placed upon people with felonies and misdemeanors. Currently 1 in 7 occupations in Indiana require a licence to practice. HB1245 is a good bill as written in its current form and can help open doors for people working for a second chance. Please call your Senator and ask them to support HB1245 in its current form and to vote NO on the Koch and Holdman amendments, 1-800-382-9467.

In addition to HB1245 we have been watching SB419, another bill addressing occupational licensing. IIWF's Executive Director Jessica Fraiser testified in support of an amendment added to this bill in  the House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee. The amendment was approved and opens up state occupational licensing opportunities for DACA recipients. SB419 passed out of committee 9-0 and is headed for the House floor.   

SB11, the bill to opt out of the federal lifetime ban from SNAP, which was placed on people with felony drug convictions in the 90's, did not move in the House. However, we believe there is still an opportunity to pass the bill and remove the ban and are actively seeking avenues to do so. 

We're continuing to work with legislators to make sure the needs of low-income, low-skill adults are addressed in the workforce reorganization plans in HB1002SB50. There is more work to be done, but we were pleased by an amendment to HB1002 this week that opens EARN Indiana work-based learning opportunities to all part-time adults, and studies the barriers of childcare and transportation to training programs. However, we're concerned that the makeup of the proposed Governor's Workforce Cabinet in both bills fails to include the 20% representation for low-income. adult ed, and community service providers currently required in federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regulations. 

OTHER BILLS:

HB1003
STREAMLINING AGENCY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS (GUTWEIN D) 

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

HB1023
ANNEXATION REMONSTRANCE WAIVERS (BACON R) 

Current Status:   
2/27/2018 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 243: yeas 50, nays 0

HB1036
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (LEONARD D) 

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

HB1047
EDUCATION BENEFITS FOR VETERANS (WESCO T) 

Current Status:   
3/1/2018 - added as cosponsors Senators Crane, Tomes, Leising, Crider

HB1116
DENTAL HYGIENIST ACCESS PRACTICE AGREEMENTS (FRIZZELL D) 

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

SB1
SUNDAY CARRYOUT SALES (ALTING R) 

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

SB4
DUTIES OF CORRECTIONS AND CRIMINAL CODE INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE (BRAY R) 

Current Status:   
2/27/2018 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore

SB142
MATERNAL MORTALITY REVIEW COMMITTEE (LEISING J) 

Current Status:   
3/1/2018 - Senate concurred in House amendments; Roll Call 277: yeas 48, nays 0

SB172
COMPUTER SCIENCE (RAATZ J) 

Current Status:   
3/5/2018 - Senate Bills on Third Reading

SB187
CHILD CARE (HOLDMAN T) 

Current Status:   
2/28/2018 - added as cosponsor Representative Summers

SB290
WORKER'S COMPENSATION (FORD J) 

Current Status:   
3/1/2018 - Motion to concur filed

SB297
EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS CURRICULUM (RAATZ J) 

Current Status:   
3/1/2018 - Senate concurred in House amendments; Roll Call 278: yeas 46, nays 2

SB301
CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS FOR HOME HEALTH WORKERS (RAATZ J) 

Current Status:   
2/28/2018 - Motion to concur filed

SB360
PERINATAL LEVELS OF CARE DESIGNATION CERTIFICATION (CHARBONNEAU E) 

Current Status:   
2/27/2018 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore

SB363
FSSA MATTERS (CHARBONNEAU E) 

Current Status:   
2/28/2018 - Returned to the Senate with amendments

SB377
SMALL LOANS (PERFECT C) 

Current Status:   
2/28/2018 - Returned to the Senate without amendments

SB420
CREDIT SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS (PERFECT C) 

Current Status:   
2/27/2018 - Third reading defeated; Roll Call 256: yeas 24, nays 71

SB425
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE MATTERS (DORIOT B) 

Current Status:   
2/27/2018 - House Employment, Labor and Pensions, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)

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


NEXT WEEK:


INDIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mon., Mar. 5, 2018, 11:00 AM
House Clerk - 317-232-9608
Regular Session.


SENATE BILLS ON THIRD READING

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.
SB242
STATE AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION. (HOLDMAN T) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.
SB303
VARIOUS EDUCATION MATTERS. (RAATZ J) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.
SB399
PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS. (HOLDMAN T) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state offices and administration.
SB419
PROFESSIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSES. (DORIOT B) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning local government.

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

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