Another slow week in the Indiana General Assembly resulted in little official action on the bills INARF is tracking.
While the Senate Appropriations committee turned their HB 1001 attention toward higher education matters this week, INARF staff and consultants continued their talks with individual State Senators about the budget needs in order to restore rates.
Rep. Eric Koch’s bill, HB 1142, to establish an annual analysis by the Legislative Services Agency of tax credits, deductions, and exemptions passed Second Reading without amendments and is now eligible for Third Reading on Monday.
HB 1613, Rep. Ed Clere’s bill that concentrates more authority in the FSSA Secretary rather than Division Directors, has been set for hearing in the Senate Family & Children’s Services Committee on Monday, March 23rd at 10:30 a.m.
Sen. Pat Miller’s SB 465, the FSSA “clean up” bill, makes corrections to federal citations that have changed, replaces “mental retardation” with “intellectual disabilities” in a number of provisions, and makes changes relating to preadmission screening processes. It is set for hearing in the House Public Health committee on Monday at 10:30 a.m.
The bill establishing the 3-year moratorium on new nursing home beds, SB 460, authored by Sen. Pat Miller, passed from the House Public Health Committee on Wednesday. It will be eligible for Second Reading on Monday.
The full text of these and other bills that INARF is watching can be found at http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/.