HB 1001, currently the Governor’s version of the biennial budget, is set for hearing in the House Ways and Means committee on Tuesday at 10 a.m. The hour-long hearing can be viewed on the internet,http://iga.in.gov/ and scrolling to the House Ways and Means committee in the “Upcoming Meetings” box, then clicking on the video camera to the right.
Gov. Pence’s budget proposal will be the starting point in the budget-setting process this session. It fully funds the Medicaid forecast, which addresses many of INARF’s priorities.
Roughly 1,100 bills have been filed and assigned to committees in the first two weeks of the session. Only a few remain to be assigned and publicly released.
Sen. Ron Grooms’ SB 504 would require DDRS to implement a pilot program for training and implementation of a single point of entry system for persons who are dually diagnosed. It establishes the pilot’s requirements and calls for an advisory board to analyze the data. The Division would provide a report to the legislature before Nov. 1, 2017. The bill is assigned to the Family and Children’s Services Committee.
SB 185, authored by Sen. Jim Buck, would create an income tax credit for donations to qualified (non-profit and accredited, or under contract with DDRS) DD service providers. The credit would be the lesser of $1,000 or 50 percent of the contribution. The bill is assigned to Tax and Fiscal Policy.
Requiring a minimum of 35 percent of state agency non-payroll purchases to be from Indiana businesses is the aim of HB 1166. Freshman Rep. Bill Fine is the bill’s author. It has been referred to Government and Regulatory Reform.
Reps. Woody Burton and Jerry Torr have filed nearly identical bills to create a voluntary certification program for persons in professions not currently licensed, registered, or certified by the state. It would allow those obtaining a credential from a recognized organization to apply to be placed on an electronic registry and to then claim state certification. Rep. Burton’s bill is HB 1285; Rep. Torr’s bill is HB 1303. Both have been sent to Employment, Labor, and Pensions.
A variation on the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) on tax exempt property is contained in Rep. Tom Saunders’ HB 1355. It would authorize county or city councils to establish “local service fees” on tax exempt properties other than those used for religious worship. Those fees would be based on the local government services provided. The bill is assigned to Ways and Means.
The House committee on Veterans Affairs and Public Safety will hear HB 1242 on Tuesday. The bill requires police reserve officers to complete mandatory in-service training on interacting with persons with mental illness, addictive disorders, autism, developmental disabilities, and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Rep. Dan Leonard is the bill’s author.
The full text of bills can be found at http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills
A weekly report detailing those bills INARF is watching is below:
Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
Prepared by: LegisGroup Public Affairs
Report created on January 15, 2015