Friday, January 18, 2019


As the second full week of the 2019 legislative session comes to an end, the Institute has seen two of our policy agenda items take center stage. Senior Policy Analyst Erin Macey testified in support of SB338, a bill that will expand access to On My Way Pre-K by making children eligible in families where a parent or guardian is disabled and unable, as a result of the disability, to work or attend job training or an educational program, absent, for a limited period of time, from working or attending a job training or an education program as a result of an illness or caring for a family member, or the eligible child's grandparent or great-grandparent. Currently, only children whose parent(s) or guardian(s) is/are working, looking for work, or going to school can access On My Way Pre-K.

Next week, the Institute is preparing to support SB104 which will be heard on January 23rd in the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee, at 1pm.  SB104 will place a 36% APR cap on small loans in Indiana, which is over 350 percent lower than the current Indiana state law allows. Payday loan products causes significant financial distress on Hoosiers across the state as they lead to delinquency and default, overdraft and non-sufficient fund fees, which leads to difficulty in paying mortgages, rent, loss of checking accounts and bankruptcy. ​

An end to predatory lending in Indiana will save low-income Hoosiers approximately $54 million in excessive fees each year, meaning that more people will be able to provide for their families, make ends meet, and achieve economic self-sufficiency. ​Your voice matters and we need your help in our efforts to support SB104 and rein in predatory lending. If you, your clients, or family members have been affected by the predatory nature of payday loans and would like to share your story please click here. If you would like to join the Institute in support of a 36% APR cap rate please sign on here.

There are many other exciting bills we’re following, including:
·       HB 1288, which creates a state-level child and dependent care tax credit
·       SB 440, which raises eligibility and benefits in TANF to 50% of federal poverty
·       HB 1073 and SB 590, which require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers
·       HB 1032, which creates a statewide paid family and medical leave program providing 6 weeks of leave
·       And several bills to raise the minimum wage in Indiana.

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Here are our tracked bills being heard this week.
Reach out to get engaged if something on this list interests you!

HB1002 CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION MATTERS (SULLIVAN H) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education and to make an appropriation.
              Current Status:               1/23/2019 - House Ways and Means, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); 
Time & Location: 1:00 PM, Rm. 404
              State Bill Page:               HB1002


HB1136 STUDY OF CHANGES TO UNIFORM CONSUMER CREDIT CODE (BURTON W) A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning trade regulation.
              Current Status:               1/22/2019 - House Financial Institutions, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:30 AM, Rm. 156-C
              State Bill Page:               HB1136

HB1427 DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE (LEONARD D) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.
              Current Status:               1/23/2019 - House Ways and Means, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:00 PM, Rm. 404
              State Bill Page:               HB1427

HB1447 FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT (BURTON W) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning financial institutions.
              Current Status:               1/22/2019 - House Financial Institutions, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:30 AM, Rm. 156-C
              State Bill Page:               HB1447


SB99     WAGE ASSIGNMENTS FOR CLOTHING AND TOOLS (BOOTS P) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning labor and safety.
              Current Status:               1/23/2019 - Senate Pensions and Labor, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Rm. 223
              State Bill Page:               SB99

SB104   SMALL LOAN FINANCE CHARGES (WALKER G) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning trade regulation.
              Current Status:               1/23/2019 - Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:00 PM, Rm. 233
              State Bill Page:               SB104

SB130   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE MATTERS (DORIOT B) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning labor and safety.
              Current Status:               1/23/2019 - Senate Pensions and Labor, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Rm. 223
              State Bill Page:               SB130

SB180   DISABLED VETERAN RENTER'S DEDUCTION (GLICK S) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation.
              Current Status:               1/22/2019 - Senate Veterans Affairs and The Military, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 9:00 AM, Rm. 233
              State Bill Page:               SB180

SB210   LICENSE REINSTATEMENT FEE REDUCTION PROGRAM (TAYLOR G) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning courts and court officers.
              Current Status:               1/22/2019 - Senate Corrections and Criminal Law, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 10:00 AM, Rm. 130
              State Bill Page:               SB210

SB216   EDUCATIONAL COSTS EXEMPTIONS (BOOTS P) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning higher education.
              Current Status:               1/23/2019 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:30 PM, Senate Chamber
              State Bill Page:               SB216

SB338   PREKINDERGARTEN PILOT PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY (MELTON E) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.
              Current Status:               1/23/2019 - Senate Education and Career Development, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 1:30 PM, Senate Chamber
              State Bill Page:               SB338

SB384   OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING (KOCH E) A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning professions and occupations.
              Current Status:               1/24/2019 - Senate Commerce and Technology, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing); Time & Location: 9:00 AM, Rm. 130
              State Bill Page:               SB384


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