IPLLA/IICC Member Legislative Update - February 7, 2016
We have now reached the half-way point in this session of the legislature. Next week the second half will begin and any bills that have not advanced to their second chamber to this point, are now dead for this year. The really amazing thing is how many bills there are in the first place. In the House, 430 bills were filed and 160 of them have now passed on to the Senate- 65 of which passed this week alone! The sheer volume of proposed legislation emphasizes the real importance for constant monitoring of the law making process.
Legislation for road funding continues to move forward with a bit more definition. The measure would provide much need improvements by raising gasoline taxes 4 cents a gallon and cigarettes taxes by $1.00. This measure is still a work in progress as many members of the legislature are reluctant to raise taxes of any sort.
The Green Industry Alliance is watching for anything coming out of IDEM regarding editing of the Cross Connection Manual. What we are looking for is any requirements placed on persons
installing or inspecting backflow preventers. This is in response to knowing that there are some in the plumbing trades who have pushed to limit installation and inspection of such devices to licensed plumbers only.
Overshadowing much of the week was discussion on the controversial SB344 or LGBT legislation which offered protections to gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual Hoosiers but did not include language regarding transgender protection. This bill failed to move forward in committee and now is dead for this session. No doubt, the issue will be brought up again in the 2017 session and will be a focal point in the upcoming race for Governor between incumbent Mike Pence (R) and challenger John Gregg (D).
Legislation aimed at curbing meth production has also moved forward; and the Indiana Senate moved along legislation which would ban abortions sought due to gender or disability of the fetus.
As we all now know, in national politics, the Iowa caucus was held this past week and Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled to a virtual tie. On the Republican side, Ted Cruz won with Donald Trump and Marco Rubio placing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Candidates now move on to New Hampshire.
Hope to see many of you at the upcoming Regional Workshops in Columbus on Feb 9th, in Plainfield on Feb 10th, Ft. Wayne of Feb 16th, or Merrillville on Feb 17th. Go to IPLLA.COM and click on the events tab to register as there is always room for more folks! Have a good week.