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Senator Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute, District 38)

Indiana General Assembly

Pro-Consumer Voting Percentages

& Campaign Contributions

 2015   20%   $3,600     2015   75%   $3,600 
 2016   63%   $3,600   2019   37%   $3,600 
 2017   63%   $3,600   Cumulative:   50%   

 

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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Senator Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute, District 38)

 

2019 Campaign Contributions: $3,600

2009 - 2019

 

2019 Pro-Consumer Voting Percentage: 37%

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.

Committee Votes on SB4: none 

Senate Floor Votes on SB4: 2 votes, both Pro-Consumer 

 

SB105: Redistricting standards

Status: Died in the House Elections and Apportionment Committee

SB105 is a good bill, but it only deals with one element of redistricting reform, which is the criteria used to draw the district maps. It does not address who is drawing the maps, but rather leaves the state legislators in charge of drawing their own districts. Furthermore, the criteria in the bill does not include language regarding incumbent candidates or party affiliation.

Committee Votes on SB105: 2 votes, both Anti-Consumer 

Senate Floor Votes on SB105: 3 votes, all Anti-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.

Committee Votes on SB442: 2 votes, both Pro-Consumer  

Senate Floor Votes on SB442: 2 votes; 1 Pro-Consumer, 1 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.

Committee Votes on SB471: none 

Senate Floor Votes on SB471: 2 votes, both 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.

Committee Votes on SB472: none 

Senate Floor Votes on SB472: 2 votes; 1 Pro-Consumer, 1 Anti-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.

Committee Votes on SB613: none 

Senate Floor Votes on SB613: 2 votes, both Anti-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.

Committee Votes on HB1266: none 

Senate Floor Votes on HB1266: 1 vote, 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.

Committee Votes on HB1278: none 

Senate Floor Votes on HB1278: 3 votes; 2 Pro-Consumer, 1 Anti-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.

Committee Votes on HB1331: none 

Senate Floor Votes on HB1331: 1 vote, Pro-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.

Committee Votes on HB1406: none 

Senate 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.

Committee Votes on HB1470: none 

Senate Floor Votes on HB1470: 4 votes, all Anti-Consumer 

 

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Senator Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute, District 38)

 

2018 Campaign Contributions: $3,600

2008 - 2018

 

2018 Pro-Consumer Voting Percentage: 75%

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

 

SB11: Eligibility for supplemental nutrition assistance

Status: Died in the House Family, Children and Human Affairs, but language was amended into HB1317 (Health Matters), which was signed into law by the Governor.

SB11 opts Indiana out of the federal law prohibiting people convicted of certain drug offenses from receiving SNAP assistance. However, if the people who qualify for this violate any terms of their probation, parole, community corrections, or reentry court program, they will be ineligible for SNAP.

Committee Votes on SB11: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

Senate Floor Votes on SB11: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

 

SB207: Homeowners associations and solar power

Status: Died in the House Judiciary Committee.

SB207 would have set solar-friendly guidelines in place for Homeowners Associations in crafting their covenants. It would restrict HOAs from prohibiting residents from installing solar panels. The bill was not retroactive, meaning it would not affect existing HOA covenants.

Senate Floor Votes on SB207: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

 

SB326: Redistricting standards

Status: Died in the House Elections & Apportionment Committee.

SB326 was a good start toward redistricting reform in Indiana. It would have created a set of standards that redistricting proposals would have to meet, including important criteria like compactness and keeping communities of interest - like towns and neighborhoods - in the same district whenever possible.

SB326 was a step in the right direction, but it didn't go far enough. SB326 addressed HOW the districts are drawn, but it needed to be strengthened to create an independent, bi-partisan redistricting commission in order to address WHO is drawing the district maps and put an end to political gerrymandering in Indiana.

Committee Votes on SB326: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

Senate Floor Votes on SB326: 3 votes; 2 Anti-Consumer, 1 Pro-Consumer

 

SB361: Water infrastructure task force

Status: Died in the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee.

SB361 would have established a water infrastructure task force to study drinking water systems and wastewater management systems and to develop a long term plan for addressing drinking water and wastewater needs in Indiana.

Senate Floor Votes on SB361: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

 

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.

Senate Floor Votes on SB362: 2 votes, both 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.

Senate 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.

Senate Floor Votes on HB1267: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

 

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Senator Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute, District 38)

 

2017 Campaign Contributions: $3,600

2007 - 2017

 

2017 Pro-Consumer Voting Percentage: 63%

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.

Senate Floor Votes on SB309: 3 votes, all 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

Senate Floor Votes on HB1519: 1 vote, Pro-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.

Senate Floor Votes on SB416: 2 votes, both Pro-Consumer

 

SB511: Water and wastewater utilities

Status: Died in the Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee

Requires the Indiana finance authority to study the ability of utilities to provide clean and safe drinking water in Indiana for the foreseeable future.

Senate Floor Votes on SB511: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

 

SB500: Home owner associations and solar power

Status: Died in the Judiciary Committee

Currently, many homeowner’s associations (HOA) severely restrict the use of solar panels on homes, or outright prohibit the installation of solar panels. The bill would prohibit an HOA from preventing a homeowner from installing solar panels or from placing onerous and unnecessary restrictions on the use of solar energy.

Senate Floor Votes on SB500: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

 

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Senator Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute, District 38)

 

2016 Campaign Contributions: $3,600

2006 - 2016

 

2016 Pro-Consumer Voting Percentage: 63%

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”.

Senate Floor Votes on HB1082: 1 vote, 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.

Senate Floor Votes on HB1053: 2 votes, both 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.

Senate Floor Votes on SB15: 2 votes, both 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.

Senate 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.

Senate Floor Votes on SB383: 2 votes, both Pro-Consumer

 

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Senator Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute, District 38)

 

2015 Campaign Contributions: $3,600

2005 - 2015

 

2015 Pro-Consumer Voting Percentage: 20%

For bill details, visit our 2015 Indiana General Assembly Bill Watch List.

 

SB412: Demand side management

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Pence

After the State Legislature killed Indiana’s incredibly effective efficiency programs (Energizing Indiana) last year, Gov. Pence promised a strong efficiency bill this year. What we got instead was a bill that allows utilities to run their own efficiency programs without strong goals being set in Indiana’s energy policy. It allows utilities to steal the economic benefits of energy efficiency from customers by charging us hundreds of millions for energy we don’t use because of efficiency measures. This bill is so bad, Hoosiers would be better off without any bill at all.

Senate Floor Votes on SB412: 3 votes, all Anti-Consumer

 

SJR2: Right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife

Status: As a joint resolution, SJR2 did not require the Governor's approval. The measure was approved by two consecutive and separately elected legislative bodies for placement into Indiana's Constitution.

Senate Joint Resolution 2 is an amendment to the Indiana State Constitution "that provides that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife is a valued part of Indiana's heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good."

CAC's concern with this bill was that it is unnecessary and that "wildlife" is not well defined, so this proposed amendment could put the interests of big farmers above those of other Hoosiers. Granting factory farms special protection in the Indiana State Constitution puts an end to local control, taking away to the ability of local communities to pass local ordinances that protect their interests. No industry should have special protections in the Indiana Constitution.

Senate Floor Votes on SJR2: 1 vote, Anti-Consumer

 

SJR12: Right to farm and ranch

Status: Died in the Senate

Senate Joint Resolution 12 would have written into the Constitution of the State of Indiana a guarantee of the right of the people of Indiana to engage in diverse farming and ranching practices.

CAC's concern with this resolution was the same as the concern expressed for SJR2 (above).

Senate Floor Votes on SJR12: 1 vote, Pro-Consumer

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