Soon the House Ways and Means committee will consider House amendments to HB 1001, the biennial budget. At that point we’ll begin to have a better indication of how the legislature’s budget priorities differ from or align with the Governor’s budget proposal, which is the language currently in HB 1001. House committee amendments must occur by Feb. 19th.
SB 441, Sen. Brandt Hershman’s (R-Buck Creek) big tax bill, is set for hearing Tuesday at 9 a.m. in his Tax and Fiscal Policy committee. Among the bill’s many provisions are those repealing 20 “largely unused” exemptions, deductions, and credits. The Neighborhood Assistance credit is one of them, accounting for $2.2-million per year. While many of the listed credits/deductions/exemptions are unused, according to Legislative Services Agency fiscal analysis of the bill, the total being repealed is an estimated $8.2 million per year.
A house bill, HB 1142, authored by Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) takes a different approach and would direct a scheduled review of various tax incentives based upon information gathered by the Legislative Services Agency and submitted to the Interim Fiscal Policy committee for public hearing and review. HB 1142 is set for hearing Monday in the House Ways and Means Committee at 10 a.m.
Sen. Tim Lanane’s (D-Anderson) bill to urge interim study of adult protective services laws, SB 182, passed the Senate on Third Reading on Monday.
The Senate bill changing the terminology throughout the code to “intellectual disability” also passed the Senate on Third Reading Monday. Sen. Ron Grooms’ (R-New Albany) bill will be sponsored in the House by Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany).
Sen. Ron Grooms, SB 504, requires DDRS to create a pilot program to train and implement a single-point-of-entry system for dually diagnosed individuals. This issue comes from the Gap Analysis done this summer by Dr. Joan Beasley at the University of New Hampshire. The bill is being heard in the Family and Children Services committee Monday at 10:30am.
Rep. David Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) is authoring a bill that would void administrative rules, guidelines, and policies or standards that are not specifically authorized by state statute or implement a federal requirement. HB 1351 is eligible for second reading on Monday.
These and other bills can be found at http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills.