Feb. 9, 2019
At this point in the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly, there are 1349 bills filed: 639 Senate bills and 710 House bills, a challenging number for any citizen to follow.
The following list includes bills of interest to members of IFCL. Anyone is encouraged to contact persons following the bills to share information, support or concern.
Based on feedback from other Quakers and the consensus of the group, IFCL supports redistricting reform bills, and follows as many education, environment, health, and restorative justice bills as we can.
At this time, we don’t have a consensus for specific bias crimes legislation due to language in the bills that needs to be vetted, but we will we follow all of the bills as they are discussed and amended with interest and the belief that no one should be a target of bias.
Redistricting commission. Establishes a redistricting commission (commission) to create, hold hearings on, take public comment about, and recommend plans to redraw general assembly districts and congressional districts.
Redistricting standards. Establishes redistricting standards for congressional and state legislative districts.
Prescription drug pricing study committee. Urges the legislative council to assign to the interim study committee on public health, behavioral health, and human services the task of studying issues related to prescription drug price transparency by drug manufacturers in Indiana.
Conservation funding. Establishes the Indiana outdoor stewardship program to: (1) protect land, water, and wildlife resources; (2) acquire land, or an interest in land, for the protection of land, water, and wildlife resources; and (3) maintain Indiana department of natural resources (DNR) owned or managed facilities in good condition.
Water and wastewater utilities and runoff. Establishes a storm water management task force to study issues related to storm water management systems.
Regulation of confined feeding operations. Amends the law on confined feeding operations (CFOs), which include any confined feeding of at least 300 cattle, 600 swine or sheep, 30,000 fowl, or 500 horses.
Elimination of net metering phase out.
Homeowners associations and solar power.
SPEA study of low-carbon and green industries. 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.
Collective bargaining matters. Provides that increases or increments in a local teacher salary range are not required to be equal for all teachers even if the salary increases or increments are based on the same combination of weighted factors.
Minimum teacher salary. Provides that, for a school year beginning after June 30, 2019, the minimum annual salary for a full-time teacher employed by a school corporation may not be less than $50,000.
School corporation expenditure targets.
Student journalism. Provides freedom of speech and freedom of press protections for grades 7 through 12 and state educational institution student journalists.
Integrated school based mental health. Establishes the integrated school based mental health and substance use disorder services grant program (program) to provide grants to school corporations for the development, implementation, and maintenance of integrated school based mental health and substance use disorder services plans. Requires the department of education to administer the program.
Consumer credit. Repeals provisions specifying indexing of and changes of dollar amounts for purposes of consumer loans. Provides for a credit service charge not to exceed 36%.
Installment small loans. Authorizes a lender that is licensed by the department of financial institutions (department) to make small loans under the Uniform Consumer Credit Code (UCCC) to make installment small loans under the same license.
Bias crimes. Makes it an aggravating circumstance (for purposes of imposing a criminal sentence) that a crime was committed with bias and with the intent to harm or intimidate: (1) an individual; (2) a group of individuals; (3) the property of an individual; or (4) the property of a group of individuals; because of the individual’s or the group’s real or perceived characteristic, trait, belief, practice, association, or other attribute the court chooses to consider.
Bias motivated crimes. Provides that a bias motivated crime is a crime in which the person who commits the crime knowingly or intentionally selects: (1) the individual against whom the crime was committed; or (2) any property damaged or otherwise affected by the crime; in whole or in part because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or disability of the individual or a group of individuals, whether or not the person’s belief or perception was correct.
Hate crimes. Makes it an aggravating circumstance (for purposes of imposing a criminal sentence) that the crime was committed with the intent to harm or intimidate an individual or a group of individuals because of certain perceived or actual characteristics of the individual or group of individuals.