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2018 Miscellaneous Bill Watch List


SB11: Eligibility for supplemental nutrition assistance

Authors: Sen. Mike Bohacek (R)Sen. Jim Merritt (R)Sen. Jon Ford (R)Sen. David Niezgodski (D)Sen. Jean Breaux (D)Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D)Sen. Eddie Melton (D)

Sponsor: Rep. Anthony Cook (R)

Status: in the House Family, Children and Human Affairs

Votes & Actions:

1/11/18: The Senate Family and Children Services Committee amended SB11 by consent, then passed it by a vote of 7-0.

1/25/18: The Senate Appropriations Committee amended SB11 by consent, then passed it by a vote of 11-0.

1/30/18: SB11 passed the Senate by a vote of 41-8.

Position: CAC supports this bill 

Description: SB11 opts Indiana out of the federal law prohibiting people convicted of certain drug offenses from receiving SNAP assistance.  However, if the people who qualify for this violate any terms of their probation, parole, community corrections, or reentry court program, they will be ineligible for SNAP.


HB1080: Central Indiana public transportation projects

Authors:  Rep. Justin Moed (D)Rep. Dan Forestal (D)Rep. Jerry Torr (R), Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R) 

Sponsors: Sen. Greg Taylor (D)Sen. Jim Merritt (R)

Status: In the Senate Homeland Security & Transportation Committee

Votes & Actions:

1/24/18: The House Roads & Transportation Committee passed HB1080 by a vote of 11-1.

1/20/18: The House passed HB1080 by a vote of 90-5.

Position: CAC supports this bill.

Description: HB1080 removes the prohibition on Marion County light rail projects. This is a priority bill for Transit Drives Indy, an initiative with which CAC partners to advance transit priorities for Indianapolis and the State.


HB1319:  Small loans and unsecured consumer installment loans

Authors: Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R), Rep. Robert Morris (R)Rep. Woody Burton (R), Rep. Wendy McNamara (R)

Sponsors: Sen. Mark Messmer (R), Sen. Erin Houchin (R), Sen. Jeff Raatz (R)

Status: in the Senate Commerce & Technology Committee

Votes & Actions:

1/24/18: The House Financial Institutions Committee amended HB1319 twice by consent, then passed it by a vote of 8-5.

1/31/18: The House passed HB1319 by a vote of 53-41.

Position: CAC opposes this bill.

Description: HB 1319 is a highly controversial bill to legalize installment lending up to 222% APR. Currently, lenders can offer installment loans only if they remain under Indiana's criminal loan sharking law, which caps fees and interest at 72% APR. This new bill would allow payday lenders to offer larger, longer-term loans at up to 222% APR. Under current law, a typical payday borrower making $16,000 qualifies for a two-week payday loan of $266 and if they take 8-10 loans in a row, they would pay about $400 in fees. Under this new bill, a borrower making $16,000 per year could qualify for a one-year loan of $1500 and pay nearly $1600 in fees.


HB1369: Regulation of confined feeding operations

Authors: Rep. Sue Errington (D),  Rep. Thomas Saunders (R)

Status: died in the House Environmental Affairs Committee

Votes & Actions: none taken

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: Improves policy guidelines and consumer protections concerning Confined Animal Feeding Operations (factory farms).



Updated on 2/13/18

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