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Rep. Randy Lyness (R-Greendale, District 68)

Indiana General Assembly

Pro-Consumer Voting Percentages

& Campaign Contributions

 2016   50%   $900     2019   56%   $2,400 
 2017   60%   $900   Cumulative:   58%   
 2018   67%   $2,400       

 

CAC considers that 80% is a passing grade for the legislators, meaning that if their Pro-Consumer Voting Percentage is 80% or above, they are working to protect consumers in the Indiana Statehouse. If their percentage is below 80%, they are not working to protect consumers.

The cumulative voting record percentage represents voting records from the last 10 years.

Campaign contribution information comes from followthemoney.org, and includes money taken from the Energy and Natural Resources industries, including: utilities, coal, mining, oil, natural gas, steel, and environmental services & equipment.

The campaign contributions represent money taken in the previous 11 years.

 

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Rep. Randy Lyness (R-Greendale, District 68)

 

2019 Campaign Contributions: $2,400

2009 - 2019

 

2019 Pro-Consumer Voting Percentage: 56%

For bill details, visit our 2019 Indiana General Assembly Bill Watch List.

 

SB4: Water and wastewater utilities and runoff

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Holcomb

Requires the Indiana Finance Authority to study the water and wastewater utilities across Indiana to assess the water infrastructure and needs across the state. Requires each utility to perform an annual audit of their water systems to identify water losses and begin reigning in waste. Urges the Indiana General Assembly to assign an appropriate interim study committee to study issues regarding water systems across Indiana.

House Floor Votes on SB4: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

 

SB442: Underground storage of carbon dioxide

Status: Signed into law by Governor Holcomb

SB442 grants eminent domain to private corporations to force Hoosier property owners to allow dangerous carbon dioxide waste captured from dirty manufacturing facilities, like ammonia plants and coal-fired power plants, to be stored long-term underneath their properties without their consent. Additionally, SB442 puts Hoosiers on the hook for the long-term costs and liabilities associated with any problems which can occur as a result of storing carbon dioxide waste underground.

SB442 is being pushed by a privately-owned corporation known as Wabash Valley Resources. They are claiming it is a climate change mitigation strategy, but the best way to mitigate climate change is not to produce carbon dioxide in the first place. This is clearly another huge science experiment for which another private corporation wants to force Indiana taxpayers to assume liability.

House Floor Votes on SB442: 2 votes, both Anti-Consumer

 

SB471: Offenses involving critical infrastructure

Status: Signed into law by Governor Holcomb

SB471 threatens the Constitutional Rights of all Hoosiers, including Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Assembly, and Freedom of Association. It will impose high criminal punishment for offenses involving “critical infrastructure facilities,” which it defines as places such as power plants, pipelines, refineries, and dams, among many others. This legislation elevates the misdemeanor of trespass to a FELONY offense, punishable with up to 2½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine. If property damage occurs, the offense is punishable by up to six years and a $10,000 fine. The bill goes even further to make entire groups of people collectively liable for the actions of one individual. Any organization that simply verbalizes support for an individual, an organization, or an action, can be found guilty of an offense under this legislation, and could be fined up to $100,000. SB471 is riddled with ambiguity and will have an enormous chilling effect on the Constitutional Rights of Hoosiers.

House Floor Votes on SB471: 1 vote, Anti-Consumer

 

SB472: Utility rates and acquisitions

Status: Signed into law by Governor Holcomb.

SB472 was originally an attempt to modify and clarify regulatory laws around the acquisition of municipally owned water and wastewater utilities by larger investor-owned water utilities. This bill is an attempt to address the heart of the water & wastewater issues facing residents in Lake Station, IN, and Charlestown, IN.

House Floor Votes on SB472: 3 votes, all Pro-Consumer

 

SB613: Consumer credit (Payday lending)

Status: Died in the House

SB613 would create new payday installment loans of up to $1,800 in addition to the current payday products Indiana already offers. Plus, with these loans, lenders could add on fun stuff like credit insurance to make them even more expensive. CAC supports the lead taken by The Indiana Institute for Working Families in fighting to stop the passage of this bill.

House Floor Votes on SB613: 2 votes, both Pro-Consumer

 

HB1266: Sediment and erosion control in construction

Status: Signed into law by Governor Holcomb

Prohibits a community from requiring erosion and sediment control measures that are more stringent than those required by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). HB1266 removes a measure of local control that communities have over construction projects within their communities.

House Floor Votes on HB1266: 2 votes, both Anti-Consumer

 

HB1278: Environmental matters

Status: Signed into law by Governor Holcomb

Prohibits a community from requiring erosion and sediment control measures that are more stringent than those required by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). HB1266 removes a measure of local control that communities have over construction projects within their communities.

House Floor Votes on HB1278: 2 votes, both Pro-Consumer

 

HB1331: Homeowners associations and solar power

Status: Died in Conference Committee

Prohibits homeowners associations (HOAs) from prohibiting homeowners within the association from installing solar systems on their homes; imposing unreasonable limitations on the owner's ability to install or use a solar energy system; and requiring the removal of a solar energy system that has been installed.

Provides, however, that a homeowners association may require preapproval of the location of a solar energy system and of the manner in which the solar energy system is installed. Applies only to rules, covenants, declarations of restrictions, and other governing documents adopted or amended by a homeowners association after June 30, 2019.

House Floor Votes on HB1331: 1 vote, Anti-Consumer

 

HB1406: Water infrastructure assistance fund and program

Status: Signed into law by Governor Holcomb

HB1406 is a response to a very real clean water crisis that is growing across Indiana. Across the country and across our state, water delivery infrastructure is crumbling. It has not been properly maintained since it was originally installed. In many cases, the water delivery infrastructure has gone over 100 years without any real maintenance.

HB1406 is designed to allow the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) to have access to money from the State of Indiana to be able to create and manage loans for these small utilities to be able to make the necessary upgrades to their systems, while simultaneously allowing them to phase in the necessary rate increases over time in order to pay the loans back. The goal is to ensure that customers of these small utilities have access to clean water, while also preventing them from getting a jolting rate shock on their water and wastewater bills all at once.

House Floor Votes on HB1406: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

 

HB1470: Utility transmission improvements and costs

Status: Signed into law by Governor Holcomb

HB1470 is a clear attempt by Indiana’s monopoly utilities to usurp the regulatory process so they can raise your rates as much as they want, whenever they want. HB1470 amends the controversial Senate Enrolled Act 560 (SEA560, 2013), which gave Indiana’s electric and natural gas utilities a tracker to raise your rates virtually automatically for the costs related to investments in transmission and distribution infrastructure. This tracker is commonly referred to as the TDSIC (Transmission, Distribution, and Storage Improvement Charge).

HB1470 will effectively guarantee that captive Hoosier gas and electric customers will face ENORMOUS increases in their monthly utility bills. HB1470 mandates that the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approve the TDSIC tracker even if the utilities have no idea what they will spend your money on. HB1470 mandates that the IURC allow the utilities to force you to pay for smart meters by including the cost of smart meters in the TDSIC tracker.

House Floor Votes on HB1470: 1 vote, Anti-Consumer

 

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Rep. Randy Lyness (R-Greendale, District 68)

 

2018 Campaign Contributions: $2,400

2008 - 2018

 

2018 Pro-Consumer Voting Percentage: 67%

For bill details, visit our 2018 Indiana General Assembly Bill Watch List.

 

SB362: Regulation of water and wastewater systems

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Holcomb.

Provides that a public utility, conservancy district, or regional water or sewage district that is organized as a legal entity after June 30, 2018 to provide water or wastewater service to the public is subject to the jurisdiction of the Indiana utility regulatory commission for the period of 10 years beginning on the day on which it is organized as a legal entity.

House Floor Votes on SB362: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

 

SB411: Distressed Utilities

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Holcomb.

The bill undercuts the regulatory process in any case involving the acquisition of a distressed water or wastewater utility which is placed before the Commission for approval. The bill would not only eliminate the ability of interested stakeholders to challenge, or even review, the sale price of the distressed utility. It would effectively turn the Commission into a rubber stamp, forcing the Commission to accept the sale price, no questions asked. This is a bridge too far which would make the Commission proceedings little more than a ministerial process, and remove any and all ability or authority the Commission may have in protecting consumers during these acquisition proceedings.

House Floor Votes on SB411: 1 vote, Anti-Consumer

 

HB1267: Water infrastructure task force 

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Holcomb.

Establishes a water infrastructure task force to study Indiana’s drinking water systems, wastewater management systems, and storm water management systems. This bill charges the task force with the responsibility of developing a long term plan for addressing drinking water, wastewater, and storm water management needs in Indiana. Requires the task force to submit a report containing certain recommendations to the general assembly and the governor not later than December 1, 2018.

House Floor Votes on HB1267: 3 votes, all Pro-Consumer

 

HB1319: Small loans and unsecured consumer installment loans

Status: Died in the Senate Commerce & Technology Committee.

HB1319 was 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.

House Floor Votes on HB1319: 1 vote, Anti-Consumer

 

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Rep. Randy Lyness (R-Greendale, District 68)

 

2017 Campaign Contributions: $900

2007 - 2017

 

2017 Pro-Consumer Voting Percentage: 60%

For bill details, visit our 2017 Indiana General Assembly Bill Watch List.

 

SB309: Distributed Generation

Status: Signed in law by Gov. Pence

SB309 places a permanent prohibition on net metering in 5 years and ends net metering permanently in 30 years. This bill is an attempt by Indiana’s electric monopoly utilities to quash the rooftop solar industry and prevent homeowners and small businesses from generating their own energy on their own property using the power of the sun, the wind, and other renewable energy resources.

House Floor Votes on SB309: 1 vote, Anti-Consumer

 

HB1519: Infrastructure development zone utility service 

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Pence

HB1519 puts in place a process which allows water utilities to acquire future water resources for the purpose of serving their customers and authorizes water utilities to seek approval from the Commission to replace customer-owned lead service lines. Additionally, the bill authorizes water and wastewater utilities to create a low-income assistance program in an attempt to insulate vulnerable Hoosier households from the significant increases in water and sewer bills by making their monthly bills more affordable

House Floor Votes on HB1519: 2 votes, both Pro-Consumer

 

HB1494: Regulation of confined feeding operations 

Status: Died in the Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee

HB1494 significantly weakens the regulations of confined animal feeding operations (CAFOS) by eliminating and/or modifying certain disclosure, permitting and public notice requirements.

House Floor Votes on HB1494: 1 vote, Anti-Consumer

 

SB416: Infrastructure assistance fund

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Pence

SB416 creates a fund to assist communities struggling with the current funding challenges they face in maintaining and upgrading their water and wastewater infrastructure. The fund will allow communities and local utilities to seek grants, loans, and other financial assistance in an attempt to mitigate rate increases on consumers and reduce the financial burden on water utilities and local governments.

House Floor Votes on SB416: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

 

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Rep. Randy Lyness (R-Greendale, District 68)

 

2016 Campaign Contributions: $900

2006 - 2016

 

2016 Pro-Consumer Voting Percentage: 50%

For bill details, visit our 2016 Indiana General Assembly Bill Watch List.

 

HB1082: Environmental Rules and Standards

Status: Vetoed by Gov. Pence

Would have made it illegal for Indiana’s Executive Branch to pass policies that are tighter for public health than what the U.S. EPA does, for those situations where the EPA has set standards. While the EPA has acted decisively to protect our air quality, there are many areas where the EPA has been, caweak. The EPA has not adequately protected the public from such serious environmental problems as pollution from fracking, factory farm manure pits, and outdoor wood boilers. HB1082 was also called the “No More Stringent Than Bill”.

House Floor Votes on HB1082: 2 votes, both Anti-Consumer

 

HB1053: Regulation of packaging materials

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Pence

Amends the home rule statute to prohibit a local government unit from: (1) regulating: (A) certain activities with respect to reusable or disposable auxiliary containers designed for one time use or for transporting merchandise or food from food or retail facilities (auxiliary containers); or (B) a manufacturer of, a distributor of, or a food or retail facility that sells, provides, or otherwise makes use of, auxiliary containers, in connection with certain activities involving auxiliary containers; or (2) imposing any prohibition, restriction, fee, or tax with respect to auxiliary containers or to a manufacturer of, a distributor of, or a food or retail facility that sells, provides, or otherwise makes use of, auxiliary containers, in connection with certain activities involving auxiliary containers.
Essentially, HB1053 completely does away with local control by preempting city or county policies regulating plastic bags.

House Floor Votes on HB1053: 1 vote, Anti-Consumer

 

SB15: Fresh Food Initiative

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Pence

Establishes the food desert grant and loan program within the state department of health's division of nutrition and physical activity to assist new businesses, existing businesses, and other legal entities to offer fresh and unprocessed foods within a food desert. Defines "food desert". Requires the division to establish: (1) criteria for awarding grants and making loans under the program; and (2) terms and conditions for recipients of the grants and loans. Provides that the recipient of a grant or loan: (1) may use the proceeds only to acquire, repair, or renovate property or equipment to be used in offering fresh and unprocessed foods within a food desert; and (2) shall not use the proceeds to acquire food to be sold. Establishes the food deserts fund for purposes of awarding grants and loans under the program.

House Floor Votes on SB15: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

 

SB347: Water resources

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Pence

This bill enables more comprehensive reporting of water resource issues including water distribution challenges and infrastructure needs.

House Floor Votes on SB347: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

 

SB383: System integrity adjustments

Status:Signed into law by Gov. Pence

SB383 creates a new tracker for water utilities to use for infrastructure improvements and repairs with some important “first of its kind” accountability measures imposed on the utility.
More importantly, SB383 includes a new policy statement from the legislature, which is applicable to all public utilities, declaring that utility bills should be affordable for current and future generations. CAC offered strong support for this important policy direction from the legislature.

House Floor Votes on SB383: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

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