BILLS FILED – By Priority Category
HB1002 Roads and Transportation (Soliday, Brown T., Steurwald, Sullivan)
Provides for a one-time fuel tax rate increase, limited to $0.10 per gallon and provides for an annual rate increase in fuel tax rates based on an annual index factor. Establishes a $15 transportation infrastructure improvement fee that applies to all motor vehicle registrations and a $150 infrastructure improvement fee for electric vehicles. Fees for hybrid vehicles are not covered in the current version of the bill. The bill also requires INDOT to study tolling.
OneZone’s Position - Support: This bill provides many options to address the current funding shortfall and implement a long term solution. We support a comprehensive funding fix to address the shortfall.
HB 1038 School Referendum (Torr)
Provides that voters in a general fund referendum for a political subdivision that takes place after June 30, 2017, may not approve a levy that is imposed for more than eight years. (Current law provides that voters in a general fund referendum may not approve a levy that is imposed for more than seven years.)
OneZone’s Position - Support: By increasing the length of a referendum from 7 to 8 years assures that the vote will be held during a regularly scheduled election cycle sparing the school the cost of a special election. OneZone supports this bill.
HB 1009 - School financial management (Cook)
Eliminates the school general fund. Creates an education fund to be used as the exclusive fund to pay expenses allocated to student instruction and learning. Creates an operations fund to replace the capital projects fund, the transportation fund, the school bus replacement fund, an art association or a historical society fund, and the public playground fund. Allows transfers between the education fund and operations fund.
OneZone’s Position - Support: This bill will allows for more flexibility for the school corporation in allocating their expenditures.
Additional Education Bills OneZone is evaluating:
HB 1003 Student Assessments (Behning)
Replaces the ISTEP test program after June 30, 2018, with a new statewide assessment program to be known as Indiana's Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network (ILEARN). Repeals a provision defining the ISTEP program. Makes conforming amendments.
HB 1005 Superintendent of Public Instruction (Bosma, Ober, Wesco)
Abolishes the office of the state superintendent of public instruction on January 10, 2021. Provides that, after January 10, 2021, the governor shall appoint a secretary of education. Repeals a provision that a candidate for the office of state superintendent of public instruction must have resided in Indiana for at least two years.
Two Additional Bills Pertain to the same Issue. Language will differ:
SB 179 Selection of superintendent of public instruction (Buck)
SB 422 Appointed Superintendent of Public Instruction (Bassler)
HB 1082 School Board Member on Redevelopment Commission (Cook)
Requires that the school board representative on the redevelopment commission is a voting member of the commission.
HB 1227 Study of the school funding formula (Candeleria Reardon)
Urges the legislative council to establish a study committee during the 2017 legislative interim to study issues related to the school funding formula and the methodology used to determine state funding of schools in Indiana.
HB 1292 Seat Belts on School Buses (Bartlett)
Provides that a school bus or special purpose bus that is placed into operation after June 30, 2018, and that is used to transport elementary school or high school students must be equipped with a 3-point lap and shoulder safety belt (safety belt) at each seating location. Requires the state school bus committee to adopt rules for the design, installation, and use of safety belt systems that must be installed in school buses and special purpose buses.
HB 1322 Employee Training Tax Credits (Clere)
Provides a tax credit to employers who complete the requirements for a portable workforce credential that is required for a high wage, high demand job.
SB 35 Teacher Evaluations (Ford)
Provides that a school corporation may use objective measures of student achievement as part of a teacher evaluation plan. (Current law provides that the use of an objective measure of student achievement is required as part of a teacher evaluation plan.)
SB 330 (Ruckelshaus)
Establishes a career readiness improvement committee to study the state's public higher education system and the feasibility of adding a fifth year of high school for the attainment of vocational and other certificates of training for entry into the workforce.
SB 430 School Bus Equipment (Ford)
School bus equipment. Provides that a school bus or special purpose bus that is purchased after January 1, 2018, and that is used to transport elementary school or high school students must be equipped with a 3-point lap and shoulder safety belt (safety belt) at each seating location. Requires the state school bus committee to adopt rules for the design, installation, and use of safety belt systems that must be installed in school buses and special purpose buses. Provides for an exception to the laws concerning other types of passenger restraint systems
HB 1008 Workforce Development (Huston, Clere, Braun)
Provides a credit against state tax liability equal to the lesser of $25,000 or 50% of a training program's expenses for an employer that employs not more than 250 employees and provides a training program that results in: (1) an incumbent employee receiving an industry level certification and an increase of at least 5% in the employee's compensation; or (2) full-time employment with the employer in a high wage, high demand job for a participant who completes the training program.
HB 1030 Immigration Enforcement (Lucas)
Enforcement of federal immigration laws. Adds state educational institutions and bodies corporate and politic to the entities prohibited from restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws. Provides that if a valid complaint is filed with the attorney general by an Indiana resident, the agency that is the subject of the complaint may not receive any state funds, grants, loans, or appropriations until the attorney general determines that the agency's violation has ceased.
HB 1194 Certified Technology Park (Ober)
Provides that a certified technology park may capture up to $5,000,000 of incremental income tax and sales tax revenue every four years.
HB 1212 Work Share Unemployment Insurance (Hatfield)
- a work sharing unemployment insurance program. Requires an employer to submit a work sharing plan for approval by the commissioner of the department of workforce development. Establishes the work sharing benefit as equal to an employee's unemployment benefit reduced by a percentage that is equivalent to the number of hours by which the employee's normal weekly work hours are reduced.
SB 423 Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws (Young, Delph)
Expands, for purposes of provisions regarding enforcement of federal immigration laws by governmental bodies, the definition of "governmental body" to include state educational institutions in Indiana. Defines "state educational institution", for purposes of IC 5-2-18.2 as the term is defined in IC 21-7-13-32. Prohibits postsecondary educational institutions with in-state campuses from restricting any governmental body's efforts regarding obtaining, maintaining, or sharing information regarding the citizenship or immigration status of an individual. Defines a "sanctuary policy". Provides that postsecondary educational institutions with campuses in Indiana may not adopt sanctuary policies. Exempts specified policies of postsecondary educational institutions pertaining to crime victims and witnesses to crimes from the definition of "sanctuary policy".
HB 1006 Mental Health (Kirchhofer, Ziemke, Steuerwald)
Allows mental health and addiction forensic treatment services (services) to be provided to individuals who are charged with misdemeanor offenses if: (1) the justice reinvestment advisory council recommends providing the services to these individuals; and (2) there are sufficient funds available. Requires the division of mental health and addiction (division) to report survey findings to the justice reinvestment advisory council concerning providing the services to individuals charged with misdemeanors.
HB 1001 Biennial Budget (Brown T, Porter, Cherry, Goodin)
Appropriates money for capital expenditures, the operation of the state, the delivery of Medicaid and other services, and various other distributions and purposes.
OneZone’s Position: We will be watching this bill because it will determine school funding for 2018 & 2019.
SB 81 Cold Beer Sales (Boots)
Allows a grocery store or drug store to sell cold beer for carryout. Repeals a criminal penalty for unauthorized cold beer sales.
SB 136 Redistricting (Delph)
Establishes a redistricting commission (commission) to create, hold hearings on, take public comment about, and recommend plans to redraw general assembly districts and congressional districts. Requires the legislative services agency (agency) to provide staff and administrative services to the commission. Establishes standards to govern the commission and the agency in the creation of redistricting plans. Provides that if the Constitution of the State of Indiana does not require the general assembly to establish legislative districts, the commission's recommendations for legislative plans define those districts. Provides that if the Constitution of the State of Indiana requires the general assembly to establish the districts
Redistricting commission. Establishes a redistricting commission (commission) to create, hold hearings on, take public comment about, and recommend plans to redraw general assembly districts and congressional districts. Requires the legislative services agency (agency) to provide staff and administrative services to the commission. Establishes standards to govern the commission and the agency in the creation of redistricting plans. Provides that the general assembly must meet and enact redistricting plans before October 1 of a redistricting year