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2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 10

The second half of 2019’s General Assembly is getting off to a slow start at the Statehouse. So far there have been only a handful of hearings and days have ended early with little to no calendar action during full sessions of each chamber.

We did have a meeting of the House Utilities Committee this week, chaired by Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso). The Committee heard testimony but took no vote on Senator Mike Bohacek’s Senate Bill 193, dealing with sewer and water connections through rights-of-way.

The Committee slightly amended and heard testimony on Senate Bill 4, authored by Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso). This bill addresses Indiana’s significant needs related to our water and wastewater infrastructure. We supported this bill in Committee, where it received unanimous support.

This week we were heartened to see large turnout at two press conferences, one for Renewable Energy Day and one with All IN for Democracy. Coverage on the call to hear SB 105, redistricting reform, from WIBC’s Eric Berman available here.

Coverage on Renewable Energy Day from Indiana Public Media here. Coverage on House Bill 1470 and Renewable Energy Day also by Eric Berman here.

Upcoming Next Week

  • Senate Bill 4 will be on second reading in the House, meaning it may be amended before the full House. The House Calendar for Monday, March 11th is available here.
  • The Senate Utilities Committee will hear House Bill 1470 Thursday. HB 1470 further protects monopoly utility profits in state code, and acts as a follow up bill to a controversial 2013 bill, Senate Enrolled Act 560. For more on HB1470 head here.

A Reminder

To follow these bills in real time, make sure you follow us on Twitter. We tweet throughout the week as to the progress of bills we mention in our reports and on our own Indiana General Assembly Bill Watch website.

Respectfully Submitted,
Lindsay Haake & Kerwin Olson

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