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Indiana General Assembly bill tracker - March 2, 2013


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Indiana General Assembly bill tracker - March 2, 2013

Each week the Daily Reporter will recap what local lawmakers are doing in the Statehouse. Here is a list of key bills penned by legislators that represent Hancock County, and what happened to the bills this week. You can also track these proposed laws online by visiting www.in.gov/legislative and clicking on “Legislation by Legislator.”

— Compiled by Maribeth Vaughn 

Intimidation

definition

Bill number: SB 361

Author: Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield

Summary: Social media would be included in the criminal definition of “intimidation.” It would also make intimidation a Class D felony if it is used against a hospital, church, school or religious organization. The bill stems from an incident at Hancock Regional Hospital last year when an individual threatened employees on Facebook.

Status: Already approved by the Senate, the bill is in a House committee.

This week: The bill was sent Tuesday to the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Record.

Battery by bodily waste

Bill number: SB 362

Author: Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield

Summary: Includes the health care field in the criminal definition of battery by bodily waste. If a person knowingly or intentionally places blood or another body fluid on an employee, agent or volunteer at a health care provider, it is considered a Class D felony. Currently, medical care providers are not included in the criminal definition.

Status: Already approved by the Senate, the bill is in a House committee.

This week: The bill was sent Tuesday to the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Record.

Utility relocation

Bill number: SB 365

Author: Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield

Summary: Allows local government to enter into agreements regarding utility relocations, and requires the agreement to have a date for relocation. The utility must also provide a person of contact to the municipality. Bill stems from the city of Greenfield’s difficulty in getting utility companies to relocate utility lines for projects in a timely fashion.

Status: Already approved by the Senate, the bill is now in a House committee.

This week: The bill was referred Tuesday to the House Committee on Utilities and Energy.

Agricultural

transportation

Bill number: HB 1068

Author: Rep. Bob Cherry, R-Greenfield; Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield is a sponsor

Summary: Per a new federal law, the bill would bring Indiana into compliance with transportation standards for farming equipment. It would allow crops to be transported within 100 miles from the point of harvest, and also clarifies that a commercial driver’s license is not needed and that a farmer does not need to carry a medical card.

Status: Already approved by the House, the bill is now in a Senate committee.

This week: The bill was referred Monday to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs.

Federal fund exchange program

Bill number: HB 1067

Author: Rep. Bob Cherry, R-Greenfield

Summary: Sets up a new program through the Indiana Department of Transportation that allows a county or city that receives federal funds to exchange them for an equal amount of state funds.

Status: Already approved by the House, the bill will now be heard by a Senate committee.

This week: The bill was referred Monday to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs.

Outdoor stage and event equipment

Bill number: HB 1069

Author: Rep. Bob Cherry, R-Greenfield

Summary: Extends temporary rules for outdoor stage equipment until 2016, part of which changes how close people may sit to outdoor stages. 

Status: Already approved by the House, the bill will now be considered by a Senate committee.

This week: The bill was referred Monday to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs.

Soil productivity

Bill number: SB 319

Author: The bill has several Senate authors; Rep. Bob Cherry, R-Greenfield, is a co-sponsor.

Summary: Soil productivity factors used for the 2011 assessment of agricultural land will be used in assessment this year. This will keep current soil productivity factors in place for property taxes payable in 2014, which Cherry said will help agricultural landowners.

Status: Signed into law.

This week: The bill was the first to be signed into law in this legislative session. Gov. Mike Pence signed the measure Wednesday.

Ind. Career Council

Bill number: HB 1002

Author: Rep. Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis

Summary: Establishes a council to increase communication among the state’s education, job skills development and career training systems. The council must submit recommendations to the state Legislature on changes that would enhance job skills development with businesses that are in Indiana.

Status: Already approved by the House, the bill will next be heard by a Senate committee.

This week: The bill was referred Monday to the Senate Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure.

Fish and wildlife

Bill number: HB 1563

Author: Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville

Summary: Bill would mean a variety of changes in Department of Natural Resources fishing and hunting rules, including certain prohibitions on the use of a silencer while hunting; towing rules for boats; and licensing fees for bird hunting.

Status: Already approved by the House, the bill will now be heard by a Senate committee.

This week: The bill referred Monday to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Motorboat

registration

Bill number: HB 1564

Author: Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville

Summary: A motorboat would not have to be registered in the state of Indiana if it is legally registered in another state, or if it has been in Indiana less than 180 days. Currently, the threshold is 60 days.

Status: Already approved by the House, the bill will now be heard by a Senate committee.

This week: The bill referred Monday to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Killing a law enforcement animal

Bill number: HB 1093

Author: Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, is a co-author; Rep. Rochelle VanDenburgh is the main author

Summary: A person convicted of striking or hurting a police animal is required to pay for a replacement animal if it is permanently disabled or killed.

Status: Already approved by the House, the bill will now be heard by a Senate committee.

This week: The bill was referred Monday to the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law.

Public mass

transportation

Bill number: HB 1011

Author: Rep. Jerry Torry, R-Carmel; Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield, is a sponsor

Summary: A city or county council may hold a public referendum to implement taxes for mass transportation. Currently an issue in Hamilton County to provide more transportation to Marion County, local lawmakers say the issue likely won’t affect Hancock County for several years.

Status: Already approved by the House, the bill will next be considered by a Senate committee.

This week: The bill passed the House 56-39 Monday and was referred to the Senate Committee on Local Government.

State budget

Bill number: HB 1001

Author: Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville; Rep. Bob Cherry, R-Greenfield, serves on the House Ways and Means Committee

Summary: Two-year budget for the state of Indiana.

Status: Already approved by the House, the bill will next be considered by a Senate committee.

This week: The bill passed the House Monday 68-28 and was referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

If a bill failed to be approved by its house of origin this week, it is essentially dead for this legislative session. Here are some bills by local lawmakers that have died:

 SB 0362 Smoke detector batteries: Written by Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield, the bill would have required new construction of businesses and homes to install a tamper-resistant 10-year lithium battery smoke detector.

 SB 0477 Wild animal permits: Written by Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield, the bill would have changed registration requirements on wild or exotic animals.

 HB 1071 Municipal food and beverage tax: Co-written by Rep. Bob Cherry, R-Greenfield, the measure would have allowed cities or towns to implement a food and beverage tax.

 HB 1146 Sunday alcohol sales: Written by Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, the bill would have allowed carry-out sales of alcohol on Sundays.

 HB 1249 Educational credits for incarcerated people: Written by Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, the bill would have prevented people in prison for sex offenses to receive a credit toward an early release by getting college degrees.

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