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2019 Indiana General Assembly

During each annual session of the Indiana General Assembly, Hoosiers rely on CAC to work diligently to protect consumers, our democracy, our environment, our natural resources, and vulnerable populations.

 

House Bill 1470 gives Indiana monopoly utilities a Blank Check at YOUR expense!

Tell your State Senator and State Representative to oppose HB1470!!

You can follow the progress of HB1470 throughout the 2019 Indiana General Assembly on our 2019 Consumer, Energy, and Utility Bill Watch List.

House Bill 1470 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 will effectively guarantee that captive Hoosier gas and electric customers will face ENORMOUS increases in their monthly utility bills.

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).  

Trackers (a.k.a. bill “riders”) allow the utilities to raise your rates without filing a base rate case. This means that they get to raise rates when their costs are going up in certain areas, without having to open up their books and lower rates when their costs are going down in other areas. For example, the utilities would be able to charge you for new poles and wires with a tracker, while also continuing to charge you for the old poles and wires that they replaced that are still included in your base rates. 

Before seeking approval for the TDSIC tracker, SEA560 required that the utilities clearly identified the projects (like poles, wires, pipes, and substations) that they were planning on spending your money on. Obviously the utilities didn’t like that, so they wrote HB1470 to remove that requirement. 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. 

Indiana should be exploring legislation to shield consumers from the excesses of monopoly utilities, NOT increasing the monopoly stranglehold on the regulatory process.

For more information and background on HB1470, visit https://www.citact.org/indiana-general-assembly-indiana-bill-watch/2019-indiana-general-assembly/news/background-house-bill

 

CHILLING FREE SPEECH: Senate Bill 471 threatens the Constitutional Rights of all Hoosiers.

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.

You can follow the progrress of SB471 at the Indiana General Assembly on our 2019 Redistricting & Good Government Bill Watch List. And for a deeper discussion of SB471, you can visit our SB471 Campaign Page.

 

 

REDISTRICTING REFORM:

This is our last chance to get it done before the next round of district-drawing!

As an active member of The Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting (All IN for Democracy), CAC is advocating for redistricting reform in the 2019 Indiana General Assembly. The coalition played a significant role in putting forth a proposal that merged the best features from redistricting laws across the country. This proposal is SB91, sponsored by Senators Ruckelshaus, Bohacek and Ford. CAC is working with our coalition partners to get SB91 moved through the legislative process.

You can see all the redistricting bills that have been filed this session here on our 2019 Redistricting & Good Government Bill Watch List. And for a deeper discussion of redistricting, you can visit our Redistricting Campaign Page.

 

Please check back in during the legislative session for updates and our weekly reports. And be sure to follow our social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for an up-to-date detailing of our work at the Indiana Statehouse.

 
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Below are the lists of the bills that CAC is following during the 2019 Indiana General Assembly:

2019 Consumer, Energy, and Utility Bill Watch List 

2019 Agriculture and Environment Bill Watch List 

2019 Redistricting & Good Government Bill Watch List 

 

Below are our weekly reports regarding the goings-on at the Indiana State House:

2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 1

2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 2 

2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 3 

2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 4

2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 5

2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 6

2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 7

2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 8 & 9 (Halftime Report) 

2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 10

2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 11

2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 12

2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 13

2019 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 14

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To look up and/or e-mail your legislators, visit: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

The very best way to get a message to your State Senator and Representative is to call and leave a message with their Legislative Assistants.  This PDF document has the direct numbers and e-mail addresses for all of our Indiana State Legislators.

To mail a letter or make a phone call: 

Indiana Senate
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
(800) 382-9467
 

Indiana House of Representatives
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
(800) 382-9842

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You can see what CAC has worked on in past Indiana General Assemblies here: https://www.citact.org/politics-and-money-indiana-general-assembly/news/indiana-general-assemblies

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