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2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 11

The eleventh week of the legislature saw a heightened pace with budget discussions and presentations now occurring in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The Senate Environmental Affairs Committee met to discuss House Bill 1266 which is a poor excuse for an environmental protection bill and is focused on sediment and erosion control in construction sites. The bill’s author is Representative Doug Miller (R-Elkhart). We presented testimony in support of the lead subject matter expert, Indira Frank with Hoosier Environmental Council—their brief is available here.

We gathered in a packed Committee Room to appear before the Senate Utilities Committee this week, chaired by Senator Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis). The Committee heard testimony but took no vote on Representative Ed Soliday’s House Bill 1470. 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. Our Kerwin Olson and Jennifer Washburn spoke in favor of ratepayers during the hearing.

On Thursday, the House voted to approve 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’ve supported this bill throughout the legislative process.

Upcoming Next Week

  • We are preparing for a hearing on the “anti-protest bill,” Senate Bill 471, a bill that’s based on American Legislative Exchange Council model legislation that’s designed to chill free speech. While a formal hearing has not been announced, we are working on information that the bill will be heard Monday.

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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