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Legislative Update #4 - January 29, 2016

29 Jan 2016 8:00 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

IPLLA/IICC  Member Legislative Update - January 29, 2016

This past Thursday was the first major deadline day in this session as any bill in either chamber that had not been passed out of committee prior to Thursday’s session time is now effectively dead for this session.  Such was the case with Sen Bill 285, Sen Mike Delph’s illegal immigration hiring bill, which was heard in the Senate and Pensions Labor Committee on Wednesday.  This bill did not receive a vote and thus died in the committee.  This measure was strongly opposed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Manufacturers Association who testified against the bill because of the strong penalties an employer would have faced had they hired an illegal alien.

The very contentious debate over LGBT rights legislation began this week in the Indiana Senate and certainly garnered much media attention as it will throughout the legislative session.

Proposals on road funding are also being heard with two methods of such finding being considered.  One would fund such construction by raising both gas and cigarette taxes.  The second would provide funding by drawing down in the state’s reserve fund and borrowing up to $1 billion dollars in bonds for infrastructure improvement over the next four years.  Both proposals are alive and moving through the legislative process.

In election matters, Indiana Senator Dan Coats will retire at the end of this year.  Three announced candidates for his seat include U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman, a former aide to Sen. Coates, Eric Holcomb, and U.S. Representative Todd Young.  The battle for Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction will see incumbent Glenda Ritz (D), being challenged by Jennifer McCormick (R) who currently serves as Superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools.

Other items being considered in the legislature include a bill that would provide $7,500 in scholarships to college students studying education in Indiana and who are willing to commit to teaching in the state for five years.  In an unrelated matter, debate continues on a bill that would prevent a state agency from enacting any rule that would be tougher than current state regulation.

IPLLA feels it is important for our members to be acquainted with their state representative and state senator.  The folks occupying these seats have a big influence over the laws under which we live and how our tax dollars are spent.  They also are there to represent your interests.  We've provided a link to help you identify these individuals in your part of Indiana.

Find Your Indiana Legislator CLICK HERE!

Bob Andrews
Executive Director

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