Senator Pat Miller (R-Indianapolis) took testimony on SB500in Wednesday's Senate Health and Provider Services Committee meeting, announcing at the outset that she wasn't taking a committee vote that day. SB 500 proposes to permit any group home that converts to a supported living site to serve up to eight individuals.
While not taking a position on SB 500, INARF President Kim Opsahl focused her comments on the overall group home conversion effort, telling the committee that "INARF believes the purposes behind conversion are important." She continued, "further INARF believes our best efforts [for conversion] are achieved when all stakeholders are engaged in a process to work together in creating the path forward."
The metropolitan Indianapolis public mass transit bill, HB 1011, passed from the Roads and Transportation Committeee on Wednesday by an 11-1 vote. It now heads to Ways and Means for a second hearing. Authored by Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel), the bill provides a mechanism for Marion County and surrounding counties to establish a public transportation authority funded by local option income taxes.
HB 1024 - requires a cost-benefit analysis for proposed administrative rules. The analysis, to be prepared by the Office of Management and Budget, would include information regarding the private sector employment impact of a rule for the three year period following rule adoption. HB 1024 passed the House 96-0. Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) is the Senate sponsor.