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Representative Chris May (R-Bedford, District 65)

   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   Total 
 Pro-Consumer Voting Percentage N/A N/A N/A N/A <> N/A N/A N/A N/A 75% 80% 78%

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2018 Voting Records: Representative Chris May (R-Bedford, District 65)

Campaign contributions from the Energy & Natural Resources sector, 2006 - present: $1,400
(Includes money taken from the following industries: utilities, coal, mining, oil, natural gas, steel, and environmental services & equipment.)

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Pro-Consumer Percentage: 80%
The following is a synopsis of how the Representative voted in the 2018 General Assembly on the bills that CAC was tracking. We consider 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 State House. If their percentage is below 80%, they are not working to protect consumers.

For bill details and your legislators’ votes on the following bills, please click here to visit our Indiana General Assembly Bill Watch List.


 

SB 362: 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.

Vote on SB 362: Pro-Consumer


SB 411: 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.

Vote on SB 411: Anti-Consumer


SB 1267: 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.

Vote on SB 1267: 3 votes; all Pro-Consumer


SB 1319: Small loans and unsecured consumer installment loans
Status: Died in the Senate Commerce & Technology Committee.

HB 1319 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.

Vote on SB 1319: Excused


2017 Voting Records: Representative Chris May (R-Bedford, District 65)

Campaign contributions from the Energy & Natural Resources sector, 2006 - present: $300
(Includes money taken from the following industries: utilities, coal, mining, oil, natural gas, steel, and environmental services & equipment.)

https://www.followthemoney.org/show-me?y=2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010,2009,2008,2007,2006&c-t-eid=38526051&d-ccg=5#[{1|gro=y

Pro-Consumer Percentage: 75%
The following is a synopsis of how the Senator voted in the 2017 General Assembly on the bills that CAC was tracking. We consider 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 State House. If their percentage is below 80%, they are not working to protect consumers.

For bill details and your legislators’ votes on the following bills, please click here to visit our Indiana General Assembly Bill Watch List.


 

SB 309: Distributed Generation
Status: Signed in law by Gov. Pence

Description: 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.

Votes on SB 309: Pro-Consumer


HB 1519: Infrastructure development zone utility service
Status: Signed into law by Gov. Pence

Description: 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

Votes on HB 1519: Pro-Consumer


HB 1494: Regulation of confined feeding operations
Status: Died in the Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee

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

Votes on HB 1494: Anti-Consumer


SB 416: Infrastructure assistance fund
Status: Signed into law by Gov. Pence

Description: 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.

Votes on SB 416: Pro-Consumer

 


 

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