Indiana Senate Week in Review – 2/9/18

/Indiana Senate Week in Review – 2/9/18

Indiana Senate Week in Review – 2/9/18

2018-02-08T13:51:39+00:00February 7th, 2018|

The Indiana State Senate wrapped up the sixth week of session with many bills making their way to the floor for debate.  The list below offers a short explanation of the bills approved by the Senate during the week of February 5 – February 9, 2018. Each of these bills have now been moved to the House of Representatives for further consideration. More information can be found on each bill by clicking on the accompanying bill number.

SENATE BILL 12: Provides that, unless a court has granted a waiver, a sex offender who establishes a residence with the intent to reside at the residence, within a one mile radius of the residence of the victim of the offender’s sex offense, and knowing the location of the victim’s residence; commits unlawful encroachment by a sex offender, a Level 6 felony.

SENATE BILL 28: Establishes the Nursing Faculty Loan Repayment Grant Program to increase the number of nursing faculty in Indiana.

SENATE BILL 33: Permits a person who may legally possess a firearm to possess a firearm on school property, unless prohibited by the house of worship, if the person possesses the firearm as an employee or volunteer of a house of worship located on the school property, or while attending a worship service or religious ceremony conducted at a house of worship.

SENATE BILL 36: Establishes the NCSL 2020 Legislative Summit host committee.

SENATE BILL 43: Repeals provisions regarding the racial balance levy and the racial balance fund.

SENATE BILL 46: Allows the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to issue additional alcoholic beverage restaurant permits to the economic development area, redevelopment district, or economic revitalization area in Munster, Bargersville, Martinsville, and Greenwood.

SENATE BILL 50: Establishes the College and Career Funding Review Committee. Requires the committee to study certain issues and to submit a report to the governor and the legislative council concerning the results of the study.

SENATE BILL 52: Repeals all provisions concerning the cannabidiol registry and a “substance containing cannabidiol”.

SENATE BILL 67: Provides that, after June 30, 2018, a county that contains more than one public safety answering point (PSAP) shall distribute funds to each PSAP in the county on a proportional basis according to the call volume received by each PSAP in the county during the immediately preceding calendar year.

SENATE BILL 68: Establishes the Internet Crimes Investigation Fund and requires the state police department to administer the fund.

SENATE BILL 96: Extends to 2020 the Veterans Pilot Program that provides assistance for certain providers to provide diagnostic testing and hyperbaric oxygen treatment to veterans.

SENATE BILL 124: Eliminates the provision in current law that specifies that food sold through a vending machine is not eligible for the sales tax exemption for food and food ingredients for human consumption.

SENATE BILL 125: Provides that a contractor that will perform one or more excavations or demolitions in Indiana under a contract with a communications service provider or a utility must include in an entity filing filed with the secretary of state a statement that the contractor and its employees will comply with Indiana’s 811 statute.

SENATE BILL 131: Makes certain offenses involving synthetic drugs enhancing circumstances. Removes certain misdemeanor prosecutions concerning synthetic drugs and synthetic lookalike drugs from eligibility for conditional discharge.

SENATE BILL 140: Provides a defense to the crime of maintaining a common nuisance if the location was not primarily used for specified unlawful acts, the charged offense involves less than a specified quantity of marijuana, hashish, hash oil, or salvia or involves paraphernalia, and the person does not have a prior unrelated conviction for maintaining a common nuisance.

SENATE BILL 161: Provides for the State Board of Animal Health to administer forfeited deposits held by animal care facilities for spay-neuter procedures.

SENATE BILL 171: Provides that a municipality may not annex territory during a calendar year that has a total gross assessed value of more than 15% of the total gross assessed value of the annexing municipality.

SENATE BILL 177: Requires the State Board of Education to establish one Indiana diploma for individuals who successfully complete high school graduation requirements.

SENATE BILL 179: Provides that incarceration of a parent may not be considered to be voluntary unemployment in determining an amount to be ordered for support of a child.

SENATE BILL 188: Establishes the consumer protection restitution and settlements fund.

SENATE BILL 190: Requires the Office of the Secretary of Family and Social Services to cooperate with the State Department of Health in the provision of certain health facility information.

SENATE BILL 207: Prohibits a homeowners association from adopting or enforcing certain rules, covenants, declarations of restrictions, and other governing documents concerning solar energy systems after June 30, 2018.

SENATE BILL 208: Prohibits a hospital from denying hospital staff or admitting privileges to a physician or podiatrist based solely on the decision of the physician or podiatrist not to participate in maintenance of certification.

SENATE BILL 213: Provides a property tax exemption for affordable rental housing property when the property does not otherwise qualify for a property tax exemption.

SENATE BILL 222: Provides that the Attorney General can collect attorney fees and costs in a civil action for a violation of the law prohibiting misleading or inaccurate caller identification.

SENATE BILL 223: Requires specified licensed health practitioners to provide certain information related to the practitioner’s work, including the practitioner’s work with Medicaid patients, when renewing the practitioner’s professional license online.

SENATE BILL 236: Designates Pyractomena angulata, also known as “Say’s Firefly”, as the official state insect of Indiana.

SENATE BILL 238: Changes all references to the division of state court administration and the judicial center to the office of judicial administration.

SENATE BILL 240: Specifies who may use an emotional support animal, who may prescribe an emotional support animal, and when an individual may be prescribed an emotional support animal.

SENATE BILL 242: Provides that the Lottery Commission must obtain a tax clearance statement from the Department of State Revenue for a retailer before the Lottery Commission may enter into a contract with that retailer.

SENATE BILL 243: Provides that, beginning March 21, 2018 and until the later of when certain rules are adopted or July 1, 2019, a hospital, to obtain and continue to maintain an initial license, must have an average daily census of at least two inpatients, must have an average length of stay of at least two nights, and must be serving at least two inpatients at the time of its licensure inspection.

SENATE BILL 247: Makes various changes to probate and trust law relating to creditors’ claims, claims against nonprobate transferees, and no contest provisions in wills and trusts.

SENATE BILL 261: Voids an annexation remonstrance waiver executed on or before July 1, 2003. Voids a waiver executed after June 30, 2003, and before July 1, 2018, unless the waiver was recorded in the county where the property is located before January 1, 2019.

SENATE BILL 262: Requires the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to issue a permanent parking placard to a disabled Hoosier veteran when requested.

SENATE BILL 264: Requires the Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team to prepare a report regarding the feasibility of creating a kit tracking and testing data base, the identity of the supervising agency or entity responsible for creating, operating, managing, and maintaining the kit tracking and testing data base, and possible sources of funding for the kit tracking and testing database.

SENATE BILL 269: Defines “department action” as one or more of the following: Detour creation or implementation, planned bridge repair, and planned road repair.

SENATE BILL 270: Provides that neither a unit nor a school corporation may settle a claim by agreeing to adopt, refuse to adopt, or refuse to enforce an ordinance or policy; or the terms of an injunction, restraining order, or consent decree; without providing the attorney general an opportunity to intervene.

SENATE BILL 292: Repeals the offense of auto theft and receiving stolen auto parts. Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally exerts unauthorized control of a motor vehicle or a component part of a motor vehicle, with the intent to deprive the other person of any part of its value or use, commits theft, a Level 6 felony.

SENATE BILL 295: Prohibits a sex offender from attending a house of worship located on school property while classes, extracurricular activities, or other school activities are being held.

SENATE BILL 297: Provides that the Department of Workforce Development will establish standards that provide students with career and college planning resources under the Indiana Career Explorer Program and Standards.

SENATE BILL 303: Requires the Commission for Higher Education, in collaboration with the state board of education, to establish a uniform online system of certain staff performance evaluation data.

SENATE BILL 326: Establishes redistricting standards for congressional and state legislative districts. Provides that the initial proposed plans for congressional and state legislative districts must comply with the redistricting standards. Allows the General Assembly, during the process by which the initial proposed plans become effective by being enacted as a law, to consider and adopt modifications to the initial proposed plans that deviate from the redistricting standards as long as the reason or reasons for each deviation are publicly explained and documented.

SENATE BILL 327: Permits a county election board to apply to the Secretary of State for reimbursement of expenditures made by the county to secure and monitor facilities where voting systems and electronic poll books are stored.

SENATE BILL 330: Provides that the State Seed Commissioner shall adopt rules to add the following to the list of restricted noxious weed seeds: Palmer amaranth, Waterhemp, any pigweed seed, and any Amaranth seed.

SENATE BILL 331: Amends the definition of “federal act” in the title governing health to recognize the amendments to the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

SENATE BILL 341: Standardizes terminology used to reference incorporated documents throughout Indiana Code. Specifies the date on which a particular version of an incorporated document must be in effect for the incorporated document to apply.

SENATE BILL 347: Permits the following political subdivisions to sell bonds at a negotiated sale after June 30, 2018, and before July 1, 2021: a consolidated city, a second class city, and a school corporation located in a consolidated city or a second class city.

SENATE BILL 349: Urges the Legislative Council to assign to the appropriate interim study committee the task of studying the issue of which entities are required to collect sales tax on short term rentals, and the issue of whether local units can impose a local innkeeper’s tax on short term rentals.

SENATE BILL 353: Urges the Legislative Council to assign to an interim study committee the task of studying issues related to the establishment of a regional development tax credit.

SENATE BILL 356: Authorizes the Office of Community and Rural Affairs to award grants to qualified broadband providers in connection with qualified broadband projects involving the deployment of infrastructure to provide qualified broadband service in unserved areas in Indiana.

SENATE BILL 369: Except during a medical emergency, prohibits workers’ compensation and occupational disease compensation reimbursement for drugs specified in the ODG Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary Appendix A published by MCG Health as “N” drugs. Permits a prescribing physician to request to prescribe an “N” drug.

SENATE BILL 372: Makes technical changes to standardize language concerning registration of trademarks and regulation related to notarial acts. Specifies requirements related to notarial acts, including use of electronic documentation and technology for electronic notarial acts.

SENATE BILL 379: Provides that the statute prohibiting a caller from using or connecting an automatic dialing-announcing device to a telephone line unless certain conditions are met does not apply with respect to messages made in connection with calls made by the state or a political subdivision of the state in connection with certain debt collection activities.

SENATE BILL 381: Provides that a child who is a victim of certain offenses and unlikely to receive necessary care, treatment, or rehabilitation without the intervention of the court; is a child in need of services.

SENATE BILL 386: Authorizes the Indianapolis Metropolitan Development to adopt an ordinance designating an area as a flood control improvement district to capture incremental property tax revenue within the district to be used for the construction, replacement, repair, maintenance, or improvement of flood control works.

SENATE BILL 387: Provides that the Department of Education may grant an initial practitioner license to an individual who took the content area examination twice and did not pass, received a score that is not more than one standard error of measure lower than the passing score for the examination, has been hired by a school corporation, and meets certain other requirements.

SENATE BILL 397: Specifies the funding amounts that must be provided by counties to community mental health centers. Provides that a county’s maximum funding amount for a year is equal to the maximum funding amount for the previous year multiplied by the percentage change in the county’s general fund property tax levy, after subtracting circuit breaker credits.

SENATE BILL 398: Urges the Legislative Council to assign to an appropriate interim study committee for the 2018 interim period the task of studying whether Indiana should impose a license requirement or other regulatory requirements on an office based opioid treatment program operating in Indiana.

SENATE BILL 399: Provides that the small business ombudsman shall review a proposed rule that is an occupational regulation and imposes requirements or costs on persons subject to the occupational regulation.

SENATE BILL 402: Requires certain reports concerning juveniles be provided at least 48 hours before a hearing.

SENATE BILL 404: Removes the minimum age requirement for a person to be convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, and specifies that the defense to certain operating while intoxicated offenses involving the use of a controlled substance only applies if the defendant consumed the controlled substance in accordance with a valid prescription.

SENATE BILL 410: Replaces the term “advanced practice nurse” with “advanced practice registered nurse” throughout the Indiana Code.

SENATE BILL 411: Amends a provision in the statute concerning the acquisition of distressed water or wastewater utilities to require that, upon filing a petition with the Utility Regulatory Commission to include the cost differentials of the transaction as part of the acquiring utility company’s rate base, the acquiring utility company must provide notice to its customers that the petition has been filed.

SENATE BILL 416: Urges the Legislative Council to assign to an interim study committee, for study during the 2018 interim, the topic of revisions to the Uniform Consumer Credit Code.

SENATE BILL 419: Provides that a unit does not have the power to license, register, or certify a person to practice the person’s profession or occupation within the unit if the occupation or profession is subject to licensure, registration, or certification under the Indiana Code.

SENATE BILL 420: Amends the definition of the term “credit services organization” for purposes of the Indiana Code provisions governing credit services organizations to more closely align the definition with the definition of “credit repair organization” set forth in the federal Credit Repair Organizations Act.

SENATE BILL 428: Requires the department to describe in a child’s case plan any efforts made to coordinate with school officials in developing the case plan, if efforts to coordinate with school officials are made.

SENATE BILL 431: Provides immunity from civil and criminal liability for a person who assists with or participates, and a health care provider who provides professional intervention; in an investigation by the department of child services resulting from a report that a child may be a victim of child abuse or neglect.

SENATE BILL 436: Creates a right of action for contribution by a railroad entity against another person or entity that is not an employee of the railroad entity for claims that arise under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act.

SENATE BILL 433: Urges the Legislative Council to assign the issue of health care cost and value to an appropriate interim study committee for study during the 2018 interim of the General Assembly.

The following bills were approved by the Senate during the week of January 29 – February 2, 2018

Senate Bill 5: Adds the transfer of reasonable attorney fees to the list of exemptions from an offense for profiting from an adoption.

Senate Bill 10: Provides with regard to a town that has a population of less than 2,500, that a town employee may serve on the town board, but restricts their vote on the town’s budget and tax levies.

Senate Bill 11: Removes the 12-month limitation on receipt by certain individuals of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. This bill states that Indiana elects to opt out of the federal law prohibiting individuals convicted of certain drug offenses from receiving SNAP assistance if the individual meets specified conditions. It also sets up a provision that if the individual violates any terms of the probation, parole, community corrections, or reentry court program, the individual is ineligible for SNAP.

Senate Bill 35: Authorizes the county council of Vigo County to adopt a county food and beverage tax and provides that the tax rate may not exceed one percent.

Senate Bill 44: Provides that expenditures for contraband detection equipment are permissible expenditures of money in a patients’ recreation fund, students’ recreation fund, or inmates’ recreation fund maintained by a psychiatric, benevolent, penal, or correctional institution.

Senate Bill 62: Requires the office of Medicaid Policy and Planning to retain a recipient who participates in the Medicaid Risk Based Managed Care Program, if the recipient is approved to receive hospice services without losing their Medicaid coverage.

Senate Bill 65: Requires a parent to sign a permission slip in order for teachers to instruct on human sexuality, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Senate Bill 99: Requires the prosecuting attorney to file an affidavit of probable cause with a court no later than seven days after property is seized, and provides for the return of the property to the owner if the court does not find probable cause.

Senate Bill 130: Provides that when a child is placed on a waiting list for guardian ad litem (a person the court appoints to investigate what solutions would be in the best interests of a child), immunity for civil liabilities are given to the guardian ad litem program, a court appointed special advocate program, employees or volunteers of the programs, and individuals acting as a guardian ad litem.

Senate Bill 156: Amends statutes concerning rural telephone cooperative corporations.

Senate Bill 164: Prohibits certain activities by an adjuster, insurer, insurance producer, or other representative of an insurer in connection with a motor vehicle repair.

Senate Bill 165: Provides for the staggering of the terms of the members of township boards (other than township boards in Marion County) beginning with the 2022 general election.

Senate Bill 172: Establishes the Next Level Computer Science Grant Program and the Next Level Computer Science Fund to award grants to eligible entities to implement teacher professional development programs for training in teaching computer science.

Senate Bill 173: Provides that the uniform compliance guidelines for audit examinations of state and local units conducted by the State Board of Accounts must include a requirement that the unit disclose any pledge, covenant, or agreement that the unit has made as security or guarantor for a private bond issue of a private company.

Senate Bill 178: Provides that sand taken from the bed or from under the bed of Lake Michigan pursuant to a permit from the Department of Natural Resources may only be deposited on the beach of Lake Michigan and may not be removed to any other place or used for any other purpose.

Senate Bill 182: Authorizes the municipal county seat of a county building authority to withdraw its membership from the building authority. Also provides that in the case of a withdrawal, the county fiscal body appoints the trustee formerly appointed by the municipal fiscal body, and the county executive appoints the trustee formerly appointed by the municipal executive.

Senate Bill 195: Urges the Legislative Council to assign to the Interim Study Committee on Pension Management Oversight or another appropriate interim study committee the task of studying issues regarding the implementation of the 1977 pension and disability fund.

Senate Bill 203: Provides that the crimes of murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and feticide may be committed against a fetus in any stage of development. Specifies that the offenses do not apply to a lawfully performed abortion or pregnant woman with respect to a fetus carried by the woman. Provides, with certain exceptions, that a person who commits a felony that causes the termination of a pregnancy may receive an additional sentence of six to 20 years.

Senate Bill 210: Specifies requirements for prior authorization of health plan coverage and claim payment, including provisions concerning electronic transmission of prior authorization requests and responses, except in certain circumstances.

Senate Bill 217: Requires that a school multidisciplinary team must include information about dyslexia in a student’s educational evaluation if the multidisciplinary team determines that the student is eligible to receive special education and related services and has dyslexia or has characteristics of dyslexia.

Senate Bill 237: Replaces the dual license system (having “qualified” and “unlimited” licenses) with the single handgun license and increases the duration of a four-year handgun license to five years.

Senate Bill 265: Urges the Legislative Council to assign to the interim study committee on roads and transportation the task of studying issues related to improving the safety of rural intersections, including incentives that could be provided for rural landowners to improve visibility and sight distances at rural intersections.

Senate Bill 266: Requires that a license plate must be displayed in a horizontal and upright position that displays the registration expiration year in the upper right corner.

Senate Bill 274: Authorizes the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Management, after issuing an initial temporary order prohibiting the use of a particular underground storage tank, to reissue the temporary order prohibiting the use of the tank if the tank remains ineligible for delivery, deposit, or acceptance of a regulated substance when the initial order expires.

Senate Bill 286: Requires the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) to assess the potential for development of low-carbon and green industries in Indiana and the job creation, economic growth, and wealth generation that could result for Indiana communities from the development of these industries.

Senate Bill 290: Establishes a time frame for the payment of compensation under a settlement agreement, a permanent partial impairment agreement, and an award of compensation ordered by a single hearing member of the Worker’s Compensation Board. Provides that an employer that fails to make a timely payment is subject to a civil penalty.

Senate Bill 296: Provides that an order for necessary repairs originally issued by an enforcement authority under the unsafe building law to the owner of a vacant or abandoned property that is later sold at a tax sale may subsequently be enforced against the successful bidder at the tax sale.

Senate Bill 300: Provides that surplus state personal property that is sold to the general public must be sold either at an auction conducted by an auctioneer licensed in Indiana or through an online auction.

Senate Bill 340: Makes various changes to the abortion law concerning abortion clinic license applications, abortion clinic inspections, abortion inducing drugs, abortion complications, the provision of information to a woman seeking an abortion, and the collection of data by the State Department of Health.

Senate Bill 351: Addresses issues regarding appraisal management companies that engages a real estate appraiser as independent contractors.

Senate Bill 361: Establishes a water infrastructure task force consisting of two members of the Senate, two members of the House of Representatives, and five governor’s appointees, one of whom the governor shall appoint to serve as chair of the task force.

Senate Bill 362: Provides that a public utility, conservancy district, or regional water or sewage district that is organized as a legal entity 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 Bill 373: Establishes supplemental allowance reserve accounts within the legislators’ defined benefit plan, the state excise police, gaming agent, gaming control officer, and conservation enforcement officers’ retirement plan, the public employees’ retirement fund, and the pre-1996 and 1996 accounts of the Indiana State Teachers’ Retirement Fund for the purpose of paying postretirement benefit increases, thirteenth checks, and other benefit changes or adjustments granted by the general assembly after June 30, 2018.

Senate Bill 376: Provides, for purposes of the Unclaimed Property Act, that a time deposit that is automatically renewable is considered matured upon the expiration of its initial period, unless the owner has consented to a renewal at the time of the account opening or at about the time of the renewal, and the consent is in writing or is evidenced by the original account agreement or by any memorandum or other record on file with the holder of the account.

Senate Bill 377: Allows the director of the Department of Financial Institutions to take certain actions concerning the use of technology for oversight and enforcement of compliance with the law concerning small loans.

Senate Bill 380: Provides that certain requirements for an alteration to a historic site or a historic structure do not apply to a construction project that is funded by the state that involves the substantial alteration, demolition, or removal of a road or a sidewalk within the boundaries of the property of a historic site or a historic structure.

Senate Bill 383: Provides that specifications for a local public work contract must be written to encourage competition for each product or system furnished under the contract.

Senate Bill 393: Requires an individual applying for a building permit issued by a city, town, or county for a Class 1 or Class 2 structure after June 30, 2018, to disclose the use of advanced structural components on the building permit application.

Senate Bill 417: Requires the Natural Resources Commission and the State Board of Health to adopt joint rules establishing a minimum distance that must exist between a residential septic system and the location in which a water well is drilled.

Senate Bill 421: Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to reimburse under Medicaid for assisted living services provided by residential care facilities and other housing with services establishments under a program administered by the office.

Senate Bill 425: Excludes from the definition of “employment,” for purposes of the unemployment compensation system, service performed by a driver who provides drive away operations when the vehicle being driven is the commodity being delivered and the driver has entered into an agreement with the party arranging for the transportation that specifies the driver is an independent contractor and not an employee.

Senate Bill 434: Urges the Legislative Council to assign to the Education Interim Study Committee the task of studying the current regulatory framework and methods to streamline regulatory compliance; and the use of innovative solutions and public-private partnerships in delivering educational services and sharing of best practices.

Senate Bill 438: Urges the Legislative Council to assign to the appropriate interim study committee the task of studying issues relating to effective legislative oversight.

 

The following bills were approved by the Senate during the week of January 22-26, 2018

 

Senate Bill 1: Legalizes Sunday alcohol sales in Indiana. This would allow any store currently qualified to sell carryout alcohol to operate on Sundays from noon until 8 p.m.

Senate Bill 2: Addresses any technical corrections that need to be addressed in statute by making word processing corrections to parts of the Indiana Code.

Senate Bill 8: Requires each school corporation, charter school, and accredited nonpublic elementary school to include cursive writing in its curriculum.

Senate Bill 14: Allows the judges of the Putnam circuit and superior courts to appoint a magistrate to serve the Putnam County court system.

Senate Bill 24: Allows students to both possess and use sunscreen at school without the possession of a doctor’s note or a prescription.

Senate Bill 60: Provides that a failure to register as a sex or violent offender for an offense originating from another jurisdiction is a Level 5 felony in certain instances.

Senate Bill 64: Requires a court to advise a defendant, before accepting a guilty plea, that the court will be bound by terms of a plea agreement both at the time of sentencing and with respect to future sentence modification.

Senate Bill 75: Urges the Legislative Council to assign an interim study topic to the Pension Management Oversight Commission. It also urges the creation of a relevant study committee with the task of overseeing issues regarding the 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension and Disability Fund.

Senate Bill 100: Provides fire departments the ability to perform carbon monoxide emissions testing free of charge to any citizen wishing to have their car tested.

Senate Bill 126: Adds a fourth judge to the Superior Court of Kosciusko County.

Senate Bill 128: Requires that, before changing the out-of-home placement of a child who has been in the same residence for at least one year, the Department of Child Services (DCS) must file a motion requesting a change in placement and provide notice to the persons affected.

Senate Bill 134: Allows the Indiana Gaming Commission to issue a three-year charity gaming license to qualified organizations that are veterans’ organizations.

Senate Bill 135: Requires DCS to notify the individual designated as the point of contact for a child’s school if the child is removed from the child’s home.

Senate Bill 139: Requires the county coroner to investigate a death if they reasonably suspect the cause of a person’s death to be accidental or intentional overdose of a controlled substance.

Senate Bill 143: Requires the State Department of Education and the Commission for Higher Education to study and submit a report describing as to whether there is any disparity in determining enrollment eligibility in a state educational institution or educational program offered by the state educational institution that is caused by a state grading scheme.

Senate Bill 152: Extends healthcare benefits to certain family members and dependents of a public safety officer who dies in the line of duty, if the employer offers health care insurance after June 30, 2018.

Senate Bill 163: Repeals a requirement that pertains to escrow account disbursements totaling more than $10,000.

Senate Bill 166: Pertains to the misclassification of workers in the State of Indiana. The bill requires the State Departments of Revenue, Labor, Workforce Development, as well as the Worker’s Compensation Board, to draft an annual report for the Interim Study Committee on Employment and Labor.

Senate Bill 180: Makes various technical amendments to the Uniform Business Organizations Code and Uniform Business Organization Transactions Act.

Senate Bill 184: Increases from five to six the number of children who may be supervised in a foster family home.

Senate Bill 186: Provides that the auctioneer commission may approve online instruction courses and continuing education courses offered by providers approved by the Auctioneer Commission.

Senate Bill 187: Specifies civil penalties for violations by childcare providers of safe sleep related requirements.

Senate Bill 189: Addresses school funding matters, mandating the State Budget Agency to transfer funds from the State Tuition Reserve Account to the State General Fund. This transfer is to offset a reduction in state tuition support to public schools if basic tuition support has been reduced due to voucher payments to private schools.

Senate Bill 197: Amends the statute concerning the Indiana coordinate system for describing real property.

Senate Bill 211: Requires a sheriff to maintain a record of the jail commissary fund’s activities.

Senate Bill 212: Excludes bulk milk from the definition of “overweight divisible load” with regards to vehicle weight limits. Provides that the Indiana Department of Transportation may issue an overweight permit for the transportation of bulk milk up to 100,000 pounds.

Senate Bill 221: Allows a dispenser of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or a controlled substance to transmit certain information to the INSPECT program by any electronic method that meets specifications prescribed by the State Board of Pharmacy.

Senate Bill 232: Establishes the Access to Nutritious Food Program under the administration of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. The purpose of this program is to distribute fresh and nutritious food and to educate on proper food preparation in food deserts.

Senate Bill 233: Requires the Department of Child Services, in collaboration with: current foster parents; child placing agencies; and other individuals and organizations with expertise in foster care services; to develop and update a statement of the rights of a foster parent.

Senate Bill 246: Defines “immediate maintenance needs” of a cemetery and specifies that the income from a Cemetery’s Perpetual Care Fund may be used to meet the cemetery’s immediate maintenance needs.

Senate Bill 250: Permits a voter who is qualified to vote in person to vote by absentee ballot. This will help ensure that every Hoosier has the ability to have their voice heard.

Senate Bill 257: Defines the method in which computer software may and may not be taxed.

Senate Bill 299: Urges the Legislative Council to assign to a study committee the task of studying whether counties can impose fees, collected within a state park, and use that revenue to assist a local unit of government in providing public safety services, or road repairs to the state park.

Senate Bill 301: Provides that an expanded criminal history check may be used instead of certain background checks and criminal history checks for home health care workers.

Senate Bill 332: Provides that an adult protective services unit conducting an investigation; or a caseworker conducting an assessment; who observes, or has reason to believe, that an animal is a victim of animal cruelty, abandonment, or neglect may make a report to the local law enforcement agency or local animal control officer.

Senate Bill 354: States that the Indiana Board of Education shall, upon request by a Freeway School Corporation or a Freeway School, waive certain educational benefit requirements for a period of not more than 36 months.

Senate Bill 360: Requires the State Department of Health to establish a program to certify perinatal levels of care designations for licensed hospitals and birthing centers that provide birthing services.

Senate Bill 375: Defines “disposable trailer” and requires the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to issue a transport operator license plate to an operator of a tractor-mobile home rig or a special tractor-mobile home rig transporting a sectionalized building using a disposable trailer upon application for the license plates.

Senate Bill 392: Establishes a process to divide and transfer land that is owned by a county, city, or town.

 

The following bills were approved by the Senate during the week of January 15-19, 2018

 

Senate Bill 4: Pertaining to the Corrections and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee, giving the committee the task of reviewing current trends regarding criminal behavior, sentencing, incarceration and treatment. The interim study committee will also have the ability to prepare legislation determined necessary to address any needs they have discovered for the 2019 session.

Senate Bill 6: A technical corrections bill that resolves outdated language and citation style throughout Indiana Code.

Senate Bill 9: Current law in Indiana does not permit patients of state mental health institutions to register to vote in the district in which their institution is located. Senate Bill (SB) 9 allows these patients to either register to vote in their home district or in the district of their institution, but not both. This is an important step in ensuring equal voting rights for all Hoosiers.

Senate Bill 13: SB 13 addresses the opioid crisis in Indiana. It allows for community corrections officers and probation officers to administer overdose intervention drugs in necessary situations.

Senate Bill 20: Resolves a mistake made in 2017 legislation that inadvertently overruled a previous statute allowing the use of rifles firing handgun cartridges to hunt deer on public lands. SB 20 restores a citizen’s right to use this type of firearm and ammunition.

Senate Bill 74: Adds the substance “Mexodrone” to the definition of “synthetic drug” and adds additional controlled substances to the existing statutory list of depressants, hallucinogens, and opiates classified as a schedule I drug.

Senate Bill 98: Addresses the implementation of specialized driving privileges, which will end at the time the driver’s suspension ends if the underlying conviction forming the basis of the suspension is reversed, or the individual is acquitted or found not liable of the underlying act or offense.

Senate Bill 105: Removes duties surrounding the Indiana organic peer review panel from the responsibilities of the Indiana Department of Agriculture. SB 105 also relocates statutes regarding livestock certification to the animal health law.

Senate Bill 123: Creates a Safe Haven Baby Box law related to the installation of newborn safety devices in fire departments across Indiana. This bill provides individuals a defense to a claim of neglect if they leave a child in a newborn safety device located at a fire station, and works to ensure the health and safety of all newborns in Indiana.

Senate Bill 137: Requires businesses to allow customers with eligible medical conditions to access an employee-designated restrooms upon request. The bill makes eligible customers responsible for the condition the restroom is left in and provides immunity from civil liability on the part of the employers.

Senate Bill 142: In 2016, Indiana’s maternal mortality rate was nearly double the national average. In order to combat this, SB 142 requires the state Department of Health to establish a statewide maternal mortality review committee until June 30, 2023.

Senate Bill 155: This bill deals with the issue of voters who have submitted absentee ballots but have subsequently passed away. SB 155 requires that absentee ballots marked by deceased voters be counted if the ballot would otherwise have been counted had the voter not died.

Senate Bill 158: This bill prohibits the act of performing or offering scleral tattooing, unless by a licensed health care professional in the scope of their professional practice. Scleral tattooing is the dangerous process of tattooing the whites of the eyeball that often leads to infection and the potential loss of vision.

Senate Bill 224: SB 224 deals with the licensing of behavioral health and human services professionals. It allows up to 50% of required supervised experience hours to be accounted for through virtual supervision by the appropriate supervisor.

Senate Bill 225: SB 225 makes amendments to the continuing education requirements for licensed health care practitioners who apply for a controlled substances regulation. It specifies that of the current training hours required every two years, two of them must address the topic of opioid prescribing and abuse. This bill will help prepare our health care professionals to deal with the repercussions of the opioid crisis.

Senate Bill 230: This bill addresses the topic of suicide prevention by putting into motion the development of a training program for health care providers on topics concerning suicide assessment, training, and management. SB 230 requires EMT’s to complete research-based training programs regarding suicide prevention as well.

Senate Bill 281: SB 281 helps support our police force by providing certain sheriffs and county police officers service credits in their department retirement plans for service to those departments taking place before the effective dates of the retirement plans. At the same time, this bill stipulates that these sheriffs and police officers waive their accrued service credit in the public employees’ retirement fund for these service dates before the effective dates of the retirement plans.

Senate Bill 363: This is a technical bill regarding the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). SB 363 removes and replaces outdated language, and allows the long term care ombudsman office to disclose information to certain individuals with the informed consent of the resident of the long-term care facility or the resident’s legal guardian.