OneZone's Priority Issues have been determined by the OneZone State Advocacy Committee which is comprised of varied chamber members that meet on a monthly basis identifying key issues, researching the topics and help define policy positions for the benefit of our membership.
Click here for OneZone’s complete Priority Issues statement.
For a complete summary of the 2017 Indiana Legislative Wrap-Up click here.
End of Session Wrap-up!
HB 1001 Biennial Budget – The Indiana General Assembly ended the 2017 session passing a $32.3 billion, two-year budget that has been sent to Governor Holcomb for his approval. The House passed the budget by a vote of 68-30 before midnight and the Senate voted 42-8 to pass the same bill after midnight.
Highlights of the budget:
- The budget bill boosts funding for K-12 education by $345 million over the next two years
- Funding for the pre-kindergarten education program will more than double annually—to $22 million
- The bill provided the Governor half the money he requested for entrepreneurship - $50 million per year - to be invested by a venture capital firm that will be hired by the state to focus on Indiana companies
- $15 million per year to be used to encourage regional development initiatives, incentivize direct flights, and otherwise advance entrepreneurship.
- The bill appropriates $5 million to Governor Holcomb’s office for substance abuse prevention, treatment and enforcement.
- The bill leaves the state with a $1.98 billion surplus at the end of 2019
HB 1002 Transportation Infrastructure Funding – This bill has been sent to the Governor for his signature, it Increases road funding revenue by $617 million in FY 2018 for INDOT and local governments. Of that amount, about $357 million would go to INDOT and $260 million would go to local governments. By FY 2024, the bill will generate over $1.2 billion with $896 million going to INDOT and $340 million to local governments.
Highlights of the bill:
- Increases gas tax by 10 cents to restore lost buying power, Currently, 18 cents and last adjusted in 2003
- A special fuel and motor carrier surcharge tax indexed each year for seven years (capped at a 1 cent per year increase)
- Transfers the remaining 4.5 cents of the sales tax on gasoline from the General Fund to the State Highway Fund by FY 2025
- Implements a $15 annual statewide infrastructure improvement fee on all passenger vehicles registered in Indiana and increase registration fees by 25% for trucks over 26,000 lbs
- Implements annual statewide infrastructure improvement fees of $150 on all electric vehicles registered in Indiana and $50 on all hybrid vehicles registered in Indiana.
- Requires INDOT to further study tolling and submit a waiver to the federal government to allow tolling of existing interstates. If the governor decides to toll existing lanes, the first toll project may not be within 75 miles of an existing toll road or bridge.
HB 1133 Preemption on Local Bans on Short Term Rentals – This bill that would prevent local government from banning the Airbnb-style businesses failed to advance in the House by a vote of 50-46, one vote shy of passing. This is a win for local government and OneZone which opposed to the bill. We believe this issue will not go away, we will be watching for a summer study committee to analyze the issue before the 2018 session.
HB 1133 https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1133
SB 213 Support Structures for Wireless Structures – This bill passed and has been sent to the Governor for his signature. OneZone did not support this bill because it limits local government control over cell tower placement.
SB 213 https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/senate/213
HB 1005 Superintendent of Public Instruction – This bill, which is an important item on Governor Holcomb’s legislative agenda, passed the Senate and House and has been delivered to the Governor for his signature. HB 1005's author is House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88) and it calls for the voter-selected office of the state superintendent of public instruction to be dissolved and replaced with a governor-appointed secretary of education in 2025. The legislation also establishes guidelines concerning residency, education and experience qualifications for the position. Upon the Governor’s signature this bill will become law effective 2025.
HB 1005 https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1005
HB 1003 Student Assessments – This bill passed the House 68-29 and the Senate by a vote of 39-11, next, the bill will go to the Governor who can sign it into law, let it pass into law without his signature or veto it.
The new test would be used for the first time in 2019, meaning ISTEP still has one more year of life. In the meantime, the Indiana Department of Education will be tasked with developing the new test and finding a vendor. Currently, the state contracts with the British test-writing company Pearson. The as yet defined test will be called "ILEARN “Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network.”
HB 1003 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1003
All of these items and more are covered in the current Legislative Agenda