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2017 Indiana Senate



IFCL Legislative Summary



 



 



 



These are the bills that have been at the center of our IFCL work this past legislative session. We are grateful to the lawmakers and groups that have partnered with us in our work at the Statehouse throughout this session. We believe now more than ever that a faith based organization, committed to bipartisanship, can flourish at the Indiana Statehouse. Our legislative priorities will always be Spirit-led as we work to create a more just and compassionate state for all of our Hoosier family.

 



SB 9: Supplemental nutrition assistance program and drug convictions- Removes 12- month limitation on certain individuals receiving supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits. Specifies that, beginning January 1, 2018, 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. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Passed Senate.No vote out of House Family and Children Committee.

SB 11: Coverage for abuse deterrent opioids- Requires that, if an abuse deterrent opioid analgesic is available with a certain active ingredient, state employee health plans, policies of accident and sickness insurance, and health maintenance organization contracts must provide coverage for at least one abuse deterrent opioid analgesic that provides that active ingredient. IFCL supported this legislationStatus: No vote out of Senate Health and Provider Committee.



SB 34Background checks for school employees- Provides that a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school shall require an expanded criminal history check and expanded child protection index check on each employee every five years. Provides that a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school may implement the requirement for updated background checks for current employees over a five-year period. Provides that the employee is responsible for costs associated with obtaining the background checks unless the school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school agrees to pay the costs. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Passed Senate. No vote out of House Education Committee.



SB 55: Drug or alcohol screening tests- Expands the definition of "drug or alcohol screening test" for purposes of the criminal law governing forgery, fraud, and other deceptions to include testing that is ordered by a court as part of a civil action. IFCL supported this legislationStatus: Signed byGovernor Eric Holcomb.



SB 62: School substance abuse prevention pilot program and fund- Provides the department of education, in collaboration with organizations that have expertise in school based substance abuse prevention, shall develop: (1) materials to assist schools to develop a formal substance abuse prevention policy; and (2) a model school based substance abuse prevention policy. Establishes the school substance abuse prevention pilot program. Provides the department shall administer the program. Establishes the school substance abuse prevention pilot program fund to: (1) provide grants to schools to use for evidence based substance abuse prevention programming; (2) provide grants to schools to embed mental School substance abuse prevention pilot program and fund. Requires the department to annually submit a report concerning the program to the governor, legislative council, and the budget committee. Requires each school corporation and charter school to develop a formal school substance abuse prevention policy. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Passed Senate. House Committee Amended to pass. Sent to Ways & Means Committee. Funding added to HB 1001. Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 63: Community mental health center telemedicine pilot- Establishes a two-year community mental health center telemedicine pilot program to be administered by the division of mental health and addiction (division). Provides that the purpose of the program is to provide mental health counseling and services to children through the use of telemedicine. Sets forth requirements for the program and for participation in the program. Requires the reporting of certain information. Allows a provider providing telemedicine services in the program to prescribe any prescription drug except for certain opioids for a patient that is within the provider's scope of practice for Community mental health center telemedicine pilot. Specifies that the provider may not prescribe an abortion inducing drug. Requires the division to submit a report to the general assembly concerning the effectiveness of the program. Specifies that a provider is not required to have a prior established provider-patient relationship in order to provide telemedicine services in Indiana. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Passed Senate. No vote out of House Education Committee.



SB 74: Investigation of overdose deaths- Requires a coroner as part of an investigation into the death of a decedent who is at least 13 years of age, to: (1) have a drugs of abuse panel performed to detect the presence of schedule I and schedule II controlled substances; and (2) forward the test results to the state department of health. Creates an account in the state general fund, administered by the state department of health, to reimburse a coroner for the cost of performing the drugs of abuse panels. Requires the coroner's training board to provide instruction to coroners and deputy Investigation of overdose deaths. IFCL supported this legislationStatus: Reassigned to Senate Appropriations Committee.



SB 102: Student loan forgiveness account - Makes an appropriation to the mental health and addiction services loan forgiveness accountIFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of Senate Appropriations Committee.



SB 146: Death sentence elimination- Abolishes the death penalty. Repeals the law concerning the imposition and execution of death sentences, and makes conforming amendments. Specifies that if a person was sentenced to death and is awaiting execution of the death sentence, the person's death sentence is commuted to a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. Provides that if a defendant who is determined to be an individual with an intellectual disability is convicted of murder, the court may sentence the defendant only to a fixed term of imprisonment. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of Senate Judiciary Committee.



SB 151Information in INSPECT prescription drug data base- Requires the ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and controlled substance prescription monitoring program to include an entry for a dispenser to indicate, when applicable, if a patient has entered into a pain management contract with a designated practitioner. Allows the management performance hub and the state epidemiologist to obtain information from the INSPECT program. Requires the professional licensing agency to establish a workgroup consisting of emergency medical technicians, registered nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, physicians, law enforcement officers and physician assistants for the purpose of evaluating the cost and feasibility of cataloging: (1) each administration of an overdose intervention drug by an emergency medical services provider; and (2) data related to certain controlled substance investigations by law enforcement; in the INSPECT data base. Requires the agency to provide: (1) statutory recommendations; and (2) a written report; to the legislative council not later than December 1, 2017. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.

SB 153: Drug and alcohol treatment report- Requires the state department of health, with the assistance of the department of administration and the secretary of family and social services, to report to the legislative council concerning the: (1) number of hospital beds currently available in Indiana; (2) location and physical description of state owned buildings that are currently available, or expected to be available before July 1, 2018, for conversion and use; and (3) feasibility of using currently unused hospital and health care facility beds; for drug and alcohol detoxification, treatment, and rehabilitation. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Passed Senate. No vote out of House Public Health Committee.



SB 154: Asset limitation for SNAP eligibility- Requires the division of family resources to: (1) beginning January 1, 2018, implement within the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) an expanded eligibility category and specifies a countable asset limitation for resources of $5,000 in determining an individual's SNAP eligibility; and (2) notify the United States Department of Agriculture of the implementation of expanded categorical eligibility under SNAP. Specifies certain resources that may not be counted as an asset for purposes of SNAP eligibility. Requires the division of family resources to submit a report to the legislative council concerning the projected total amounts that Asset limitation for SNAP eligibility. Specifies certain resources that may not be counted as an asset for purposes of SNAP eligibility. Requires the division of family resources to submit a report to the legislative council concerning the projected total amounts that individuals receiving SNAP benefits would be required to repay over the period beginning January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2019, due to positive errors. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 155: Capital punishment and serious mental illness- Establishes a procedure to determine whether a defendant charged with or convicted of murder is an individual with a serious mental illness. Prohibits the imposition of the death penalty on a defendant found to be an individual with a serious mental illness. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of Senate Judiciary Committee.



SB 156: Drug and alcohol treatment reporting- Adds additional reporting requirements for opioid treatment programs. Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services, with the assistance of the state department of health and the department of administration, to report to the legislative council a comprehensive plan to increase the number of inpatient and residential beds used for detoxification, treatment, and rehabilitation, including the: (1) number of hospital beds currently available in Indiana; (2) location and physical description of state owned buildings that are currently available, or expected to be available before July 1, 2018, for conversion and use; and Drug and alcohol treatment reporting. (3) feasibility of using currently unused hospital and health care facility beds; for drug and alcohol detoxification, treatment, and rehabilitation. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 157: Controlled substances and reporting- Requires the professional licensing agency to establish a workgroup consisting of emergency medical technicians, registered nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, physicians, and law enforcement officers for the purpose of evaluating the cost and feasibility of cataloging: (1) each administration of an overdose intervention drug by an emergency medical services provider; and (2) data related to certain controlled substance investigations by law enforcement; in the INSPECT data base. Requires the agency to provide: (1) statutory recommendations; and (2) a written report; to the legislative council not later than December 1, 2017. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of Senate Provider Services Committee.



SB 166: Vacating convictions of trafficked persons- Provides that a child who was: (1) the victim of human trafficking; and (2) adjudicated a delinquent child for a nonviolent act performed while a victim of human trafficking; is entitled to have the adjudication vacated if certain conditions are met. Provides that a person who was: (1) the victim of human trafficking (as an adult); and (2) was convicted of a nonviolent offense committed while the person was being trafficked; is entitled to have the person's conviction vacated if certain conditions are met. Provides that prostitution is a criminal offense only if committed by Vacating convictions of trafficked persons. Provides that prostitution is a criminal offense only if committed by a person who is at least 18 years of age. Defines "juvenile prostitution". Provides that a person less than 18 years of age who is engaged in juvenile prostitution is considered a victim of juvenile prostitution and human or sexual trafficking. Adds juvenile prostitution to offenses involving prostitution in human trafficking crimes and the crimes of visiting a common nuisance and promoting prostitution. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Passed Senate. No vote out of House Courts and Criminal Code Committee.



SB 230: Internet crimes against children fund- Establishes the Internet crimes against children fund. Appropriates $2,000,000 from the state general fund to the fund. Requires the state police department (department) to administer the fund and use money in the fund to: (1) pay for costs incurred by the department for training and purchasing equipment for the investigation of offenses that involve the use of the Internet in which a child is the alleged victim; and (2) award grants to county, city, and town law enforcement agencies that agree to use the money to investigate Internet crimes against children in accordance with Internet crimes against children fund. (3) award grants to county, city, and town law enforcement agencies that agree to use the money to investigate Internet crimes against children in accordance with United States Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Operational and Investigative Standards. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Passed out of Judiciary. No vote out of Senate Appropriations Committee.



SB 231: Crisis intervention teams- Provides that in conjunction with the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse and the division of mental health and addiction, the law enforcement training board may establish the technical assistance center. Provides that the commission may make grants to the law enforcement training board to carry out the purposes of the technical assistance center. Transfers the administration of the technical assistance center for crisis intervention teams from the Indiana criminal justice institute to the Indiana law enforcement training board. Makes a technical correction. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 242: Indiana housing first program- Establishes the Indiana housing first program to provide housing and support services for eligible persons that have: (1) a serious and persistent mental illness; (2) a chronic chemical addiction; or (3) serious and persistent mental illness with a co-occurring chronic chemical addiction. Requires the housing and community development authority to administer the program. Requires the authority to establish, not later than January 1, 2018, policies and procedures to implement and administer the program. Provides that the policies and procedures must ensure the program does the following along with other requirements: (1) Includes partnerships with private and public entities to provide support services and a continuum of care for program participants. (2) Provide for program rental assistance for use in dedicated supportive housing units and in existing market units in the community. (3) Include a plan for the: (A) initial leasing of; and (B) management of rental assistance for; supportive housing developed under the program. Provides that in establishing the required policies and procedures, the authority may collaborate with or seek guidance from: (1) other appropriate state agencies; (2) officials in other states or municipalities that have implemented housing first programs; and (3) other specified public or private entities. Establishes the Indiana housing first account within the state general fund to provide funds to provide housing and support services to eligible persons under the program. Allows the authority to adopt rules to establish the policies and procedures to implement and administer the program. Provides that the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse may award grants to the authority for the purposes of the program. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb



SB 243: Substance abuse programs- Subject to the approval of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission), establishes the physician medication assisted treatment training reimbursement pilot program to reimburse qualified physicians who undergo certain medication assisted treatment training, for the purpose of increasing the number of physicians in Indiana allowed under the federal Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 to prescribe certain controlled substances to treat opioid dependency in settings other than an opioid treatment program. Establishes requirements for participation in the pilot program. Subject to the approval of the commission, establishes the maternal neonatal opioid addiction project Substance abuse programs. Subject to the approval of the commission, establishes the maternal neonatal opioid addiction project within the division of mental health and addiction (division). Allows the division to implement the project and award one grant to a health care system application that meets specified requirements for participation in the project. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Became law without signature of Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 244: Fiscal impact study of drugs and drug addiction- Requires the office of management and budget to conduct a study to evaluate the economic impact of drug addiction and drug use in Indiana. IFCL supported this legislated. Status: No vote out of Senate Appropriations Committee.



SB 245: Long term small loans- Provides that a lender that is licensed by the department of financial institutions to engage in small loans may enter into a transaction for a long term small loan with a borrower. Provides that a lender that is licensed by the department of financial institutions to engage in small loans may enter into a transaction for a long term small loan with a borrower. Defines a long term small loan as a loan that: (1) is entered into by a licensed small loan lender and a borrower; (2) has a principal amount of at least $605 and not more than $2,500; and (3) is payable in installments over a term of not more than 24 months. Provides that with respect to a long term small loan, a lender may contract for and receive a monthly loan finance charge that: (1) does not exceed 20% of the principal; and (2) is earned by the lender on a daily basis using the simple interest method. Sets forth certain requirements and prohibitions with respect to long term small loans. IFCL opposed this legislation. Status: Defeated in Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee.



SB 252Minimum wage- Increases the state minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.62 an hour. Eliminates the tip credit in determining the minimum wage paid to a tipped employee. Makes a technical correction. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.



SB 253: Study of voluntary paid family and medical leave- Urges the legislative council to assign the topic of establishing a voluntary paid family and medical leave program to the interim study committee on employment and labor or another appropriate study committee. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 277: Healthy food initiative program- Establishes the healthy food initiative program to be administered by the Indiana housing and community development authority to assist new businesses, existing businesses, and other legal entities to offer fresh or unprocessed foods within an underserved geographic area. Defines "underserved geographic area". Requires the authority to establish: (1) criteria for awarding grants and making loans under the program; and (2) terms and conditions for recipients of the grants and loans. Specifies the permissible uses of grants and loans. Establishes the healthy food initiative fund for purposes of awarding grants and loans under the program. Requires the authority to establish criteria for the evaluation of the health impact of the program and to evaluate the grants and loans awarded under the program according to the criteria. Requires an annual report. Specifies that the law establishing the program expires July 1, 2021IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Passed Senate. No vote out of House Ways and Means Committee.



SB 309: Distributed generation- Requires: (1) the utility regulatory commission (IURC) to post a summary of the results of the IURC's most recent periodic review of the basic rates and charges of an electricity supplier on the IURC's Internet web site; and (2) the electricity supplier subject to the review to provide a link on the electricity supplier's Internet web site to the IURC's posted summary. Amends the statute concerning alternate energy production, cogeneration, and small hydro facilities to: (1) include in the definition of a "private generation project" certain cogeneration facilities that: (A) are located on the same site as the Distributed generation or host site. (B) are located on or contiguous to the site of the host operation and are directly integrated with the host operation; and (2) include organic waste biomass facilities within the definition of an "alternative energy production facility". Specifies that an electric utility or a steam utility is not required to distribute, transmit, deliver, or wheel electricity from a private generation project. Requires the IURC to: (1) review the rates charged by electric utilities for backup power to eligible facilities and for purchases of power from eligible facilities; (2) identify the extent to which the rates meet specified criteria; and (3) report the IURC's findings to the interim study committee on energy, utilities, and telecommunications; not later than November 1, 2018. Provides that before granting to an electricity supplier that is a public utility a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the construction of an electric facility with a generating capacity of more than 80 megawatts, the utility regulatory commission (IURC) must find that the electricity supplier allowed or will allow third parties to submit firm and binding bids for the construction of the proposed facility. Provides that a public utility that: (1) installs a wind, a solar, or an organic waste biomass project with a nameplate capacity of not more than 50,000 kilowatts; and (2) uses for the project a contractor that is: (A) subject to Indiana unemployment taxes; and (B) selected by the public utility through a competitive procurement process; is not required to obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the project from the IURC. Provides that a net metering tariff of an electricity supplier (other than a municipally owned utility or a rural electric membership corporation) must remain available to the electricity supplier's customers until: (1) the aggregate amount of net metering facility nameplate capacity under the tariff equals at least 1.5% of the electricity supplier's most recent summer peak load; or (2) July 1, 2022; whichever occurs earlier. Requires the IURC to amend its net metering rule, and an electricity supplier to amend its net metering tariff, to: (1) increase the limit on the aggregate amount of net metering capacity under the tariff to 1.5% of the electricity supplier's most recent summer peak load; and (2) reserve 40% of the capacity under the tariff for residential customers and 15% of the capacity for customers that install an organic waste biomass facility. Provides that a customer that installs a net metering facility on the customer's premises after December 31, 2017, and before the date on which the net metering tariff of the customer's electricity supplier terminates under the bill, shall continue to be served under the net metering tariff until: (1) the customer removes from the customer's premises or replaces the net metering facility; or (2) July 1, 2032; whichever occurs earlier. Provides that a successor in interest to the premises on which a net metering facility was installed during the applicable period may, if the successor in interest chooses, be served under the terms and conditions of the net metering tariff of the electricity supplier serving the premises until: (1) the net metering facility is removed from the premises or is replaced; or (2) July 1, 2032; whichever occurs earlier. Provides that a customer that installs a net metering facility on the customer's premises before January 1, 2018, and that is participating in an electricity supplier's net metering tariff on December 31, 2017, shall continue to be served under the terms and conditions of the net metering tariff until: (1) the customer removes from the customer's premises or replaces the net metering facility; or (2) July 1, 2047; whichever occurs earlier. Provides that a successor in interest to the premises on which a net metering facility was installed before January 1, 2018, may, if the successor in interest chooses, be served under the terms and conditions of the net metering tariff of the electricity supplier serving the premises until: (1) the net metering facility is removed from the premises or is replaced; or (2) July 1, 2047; whichever occurs earlier. Provides that an electricity supplier shall procure only the excess distributed generation produced by a customer. Provides that the rate for excess distributed generation procured by an electricity supplier must equal the product of: (1) the average marginal price of electricity paid by the electricity supplier during the most recent calendar year; multiplied by (2) 1.25. Provides that an electricity supplier shall compensate a customer for excess distributed generation through a credit on the customer's monthly bill. Provides that the IURC may approve an electricity supplier's request to recover energy delivery costs from customers producing distributed generation if the IURC finds that the request: (1) is reasonable; and (2) does not result in a double recovery of energy delivery costs from customers producing distributed generation. Urges the legislative council to assign to the interim study committee on energy, utilities, and telecommunications the topic of self-generation of electricity by school corporations. IFCL opposed this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 312: Use of criminal history information in hiring- Provides that a political subdivision may not prohibit an employer from obtaining or using criminal history information during the hiring process to the extent allowed by federal or state law, rules, or regulations. Provides that a political subdivision may not prohibit an employer, at the time an individual makes an initial application for employment, from making an inquiry regarding the individual's criminal history information or requiring the individual to disclose criminal history information. Provides that criminal history information concerning an employee or former employee may not be introduced against an employer, an employer's agents, or an employer's employees in a civil action based on the employee's or the former employee's conduct if: (1) the criminal history information does not bear a direct relationship to the facts underlying the civil action; (2) the records of the criminal case have been sealed; (3) the criminal conviction has been reversed, vacated, or expunged; (4) the employee or former employer has received a pardon for the criminal conviction; or (5) the arrest or charge did not result in a criminal conviction. Provides that this provision does not supersede any federal or state law requirement to conduct a criminal history information background investigation or consider criminal history information in hiring for particular types of employment. IFCL opposed this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb



SB 322: DNA for felony arrestees- Requires every person arrested for a felony after December 31, 2017, to submit a DNA sample, and specifies that the sample may be obtained only by buccal swab. Provides that the DNA sample may not be shipped for DNA identification unless the arrestee was arrested pursuant to a felony arrest warrant or a court has found probable cause for the felony arrest. Provides for removal of a DNA sample from the data base if: (1) the person is acquitted of all felony charges or the charges are converted to misdemeanors; (2) all felony charges against the DNA for felony arrestees (3) all felony charges against the person are dismissed; or (4) no felony charges are filed against the person within 365 days. Requires the officer who obtains a DNA sample from a person to inform the person of the right to DNA removal and to provide the person with instructions and a form that may be used for DNA removal. Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally disseminates, receives, or otherwise uses information in the DNA data base for a purpose other than authorized by law commits a Level 6 felony. Increases the DNA sample processing fee from $2 to $3. Amends distribution percentages to hold harmless all funds and to provide an additional amount to the DNA processing fund. Specifies that the discovery of DNA evidence tending to show previously unknown crimes committed by a person on bail may lead to revocation of bail or an increase in the amount of bail. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 355: Child abuse education and policies- Requires, not later than July 1, 2018, the department of education (department) to make available model educational materials and model response policies and reporting procedures concerning child abuse and child sexual abuse to assist schools with the implementation of: (1) child abuse and child sexual abuse education programs in kindergarten through grade 12; and (2) child abuse and child sexual abuse response and reporting policies. (Current law requires the department to make available the model educational materials and model response policies and reporting procedures concerning child abuse and child sexual abuse to assist schools with Child abuse education and policies Requires that the: (1) materials and guidelines provided to assist a safe school committee in developing a plan and policy for a school include the model educational materials and the model response policies and reporting procedures; and (2) plan and policy developed by the safe school committee; must address the issues of child abuse and child sexual abuse. Requires the child abuse and child sexual abuse response and reporting policies to include information on the duty to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Beginning in 2018, requires, not later than December 15 of each year, a public school, including a charter school and an accredited nonpublic school, to provide age appropriate and research and evidence based instruction on child abuse and child sexual abuse to students in kindergarten through grade 12. Provides that a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school that employs one or more employees may not establish a policy that restricts or delays the duty of an employee or individual to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Provides that the legislative council is urged to assign to the education interim study committee during the 2017 legislative interim the topic of teacher training requirements regarding student behavior and health issues. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 402: Recovery residences and county homes- Requires the secretary of family and social services to provide that the standards provided by recovery residences for residential care and supported housing for chronic addiction, when used as a recovery residence, to be certified and to meet standards established by the division of mental health and addiction (division) through administrative rules. Requires the division to ensure that providers of services of residential care and supported housing for chronic addiction, when used as a recovery residence, acquire and maintain required certification. Allows the board of commissioners of a county to: (1) delegate the performance of Recovery residences and county homes and (2) contract for the services reasonably required to operate and maintain the county home, including the management of the county home; on terms and conditions the board finds reasonable and in the best interests of the county. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 407: Education Matters- Requires a school employer to submit a copy of the affidavit submitted by the exclusive representative indicating the number of teachers who are members of the exclusive representative to the Indiana education employment relations board. Requires the board to compile information included in the affidavit from each school corporation and post aggregate information on the board's Internet web site. Provides that the information posted by the board may not include any information that would identify a particular school employee. Requires the board to develop and post on its Internet web site training modules, videos, or other instructional Education matters. Requires a school employer to submit a copy of the affidavit submitted by the exclusive representative indicating the number of teachers who are members of the exclusive representative to the Indiana education employment relations board. Requires the board to develop and post on its Internet web site training modules, videos, or other instructional material informing school employees of their rights to select an exclusive representative. Provides that each school year in which school employee participation in a school employee organization currently serving as the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit does not represent a majority of the school employees within the unit, the board shall notify the school employees of the bargaining unit of their right to: (1) representation; and (2) the ability to change their exclusive representative. Urges the general assembly to assign certain issues relating to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act to the education interim study committee. IFCL opposed this legislation. Status: Awaiting Action from Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 408: INSPECT program- Adds a definition of the Indiana board of pharmacy (board) for purposes of the INSPECT program. Requires the board to report, before December 1, 2017, to the legislative council concerning grants or funding received and applied for by the state for integration of the INSPECT program data base with electronic health records. Urges the legislative council to assign to the appropriate study committee the topic of potential improvements to the INSPECT program. IFCL supports this legislation. Status: Awaiting action from Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 420: Old forest areas in state forests- Requires the department of natural resources (department), before January 1, 2018, to designate at least one undivided area comprising at least 10% of each state forest as an old forest area. Provides that, wherever possible, the size of a designated old forest area must be at least 500 acres. Sets forth certain purposes to guide the department in designating the old forest areas. Prohibits the department from conducting or allowing timber management in the old forest areas. Requires the department to produce and keep on file maps and legal descriptions of the designated old forest areas in state forests. Provides that the designation of the old forest areas may not affect hunting, fishing, trapping, and other recreational uses of the state forests, the maintenance of access roads in the state forests, or rights of access through the state forests. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of Senate Natural Resources Committee.



SB 423: Sanctuary policies and postsecondary educational institutions- Prohibits a postsecondary educational institution from enacting or implementing an ordinance, a resolution, a rule, or a policy that prohibits or in any way restricts an employee of the postsecondary educational institution from taking certain actions with regard to information of the citizenship or immigration status of an individual. IFCL opposes this legislation. Status: Awaiting action from Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 445: Opiate addiction treatment pilot program- Establishes the regional opiate addiction treatment pilot program administered by the division of mental health and addiction (division). Sets forth requirements to participate in the program. Requires the division to submit a report concerning the program to the legislative council not later than September 15, 2017. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Not vote out of Senate Health and Provider Services Committee.



SB 446: Residential substance abuse treatment- Establishes, subject to the approval of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission), an opioid addiction recovery pilot program to assist pregnant women and women with newborns, with an opioid addiction by providing treatment in a residential care facility and home visitation services following discharge from the residential care facility. Provides that the program is administered by the department of health. Provides that the program shall include three facilities and that medication assisted treatment may be used when appropriate. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 447: Child services- Requires child abuse and neglect training for school employees. Allows the department of child services (department) to share costs incurred in maintaining the new hire directory in accordance with federal law with the department of workforce development. Adds a definition of "concurrent planning". Adds a definition of "non-waivable offense" and makes conforming changes. Allows the department to pay the criminal background check fee in certain adoption cases. Prohibits the department from charging a fee for state tax offsets. Amends provisions concerning restricted driving licenses. Requires child abuse and neglect training for school employees. Provides that the department may not grant a variance or waiver of a rule to an applicant for a: (1) child care institution; (2) foster family home; (3) group home; or (4) child placing agency; license if the applicant has been convicted of certain felonies. Requires that a criminal history check be conducted on all members of the household of an applicant for a foster family home license. (Current law requires a criminal history check of household members 14 years of age or older.) Amends provisions governing sharing of jurisdiction between: (1) a court that has jurisdiction over a child in a marriage dissolution or paternity action; and (2) another court hearing a delinquency or child in need of services proceeding regarding the child. Permits a juvenile court to authorize drug and alcohol testing of a child under certain circumstances. Requires an individual who is required to make a report of abuse or neglect in the individual's capacity as a member of the staff of a hospital licensed under IC 16-21-2 to first notify the individual in charge of the hospital or the designated agent of the individual in charge of the hospital. Prohibits a public or nonpublic school, school corporation, facility, or agency from establishing a policy restricting an employee's duty to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Adds a written report as a means to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Amends a requirement that the department must notify the United States Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program regarding a substantiated investigation of abuse or neglect of a child of an active duty military member, to provide that the department must notify the Program upon request. Provides that a child: (1) who lives in the same household as another child who is a child in need of services because the other child is a victim of specified offenses; and (2) regarding whom a caseworker makes specified determinations; is a child in need of services. Provides that a child who: (1) is born with: (A) neonatal abstinence syndrome; or (B) a controlled substance, legend drug, or metabolite of a controlled substance or legend drug in the child's body, including in the child's blood, urine, umbilical cord tissue, or meconium; and (2) needs care, treatment, or rehabilitation the child is not receiving or unlikely to receive without court intervention; is a child in need of services, and establishes a rebuttable presumption that the conditions regarding the child's care, treatment, or rehabilitation are met if evidence exists that the child's mother used a controlled substance or a legend drug during pregnancy. Provides that a child in need of services may be placed in a residence at which a person who has been convicted of battery (rather than battery only as a felony, as provided in current law) resides, if the person's commission of the offense is not relevant to the person's ability to care for the child and the placement is in the best interests of the child. Makes optional (rather than required, as under current law) certain recommendations in a petition seeking participation of a parent, guardian, or custodian in a program of care, treatment, or rehabilitation of a child. Permits out-of-home placement of a child in a facility located outside Indiana only if there is not an equivalent facility (rather than a comparable facility, under current law) located in Indiana. Provides that a court may order a parent, guardian, or custodian of a child to participate in a mental health or addiction treatment program if the parent, guardian, or custodian will be participating in a program of care, treatment, or rehabilitation of the child. Prohibits filing by a child placing agency of a petition for voluntary termination of parental rights unless the petition is in furtherance of an adoption or other permanency plan. Requires a law enforcement agency to forward a missing child report to the department. Requires the department to complete a written report within 24 hours of receiving a report of a missing child. Requires the department to provide information concerning certain missing children to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Provides that the consent of an agency or local office: (1) with lawful custody of a child whose adoption is being sought; and (2) who is served with a notice of adoption concerning the child; is not subject to being irrevocably implied. Provides immunity for a person who leaves an infant with a person who is an emergency medical services provider. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 499: Opioid addiction- Provides that, after approval of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission), the division of mental health and addiction (division) shall establish a three-year opioid treatment pilot program for opioid abuse disorder in Tippecanoe, Marion, and Wayne counties. Establishes the criteria for the program. Requires the division to collect data and issue a report to the legislative council on the pilot program. Specifies that certain persons: (1) charged with or convicted of a drug offense; and (2) who received an overdose intervention drug for an acute opioid overdose; are entitled to priority admission in a forensic diversion program, a pretrial diversion program, or another program, including a drug court program, offering treatment for persons with addictive disorders. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 506: Suicide prevention programming- Requires the division of mental health and addiction to: (1) develop a statewide program for suicide prevention; and (2) employ a coordinator of the statewide program for suicide prevention. Requires the coordinator to study and determine: (1) the professions that should be required to receive training on suicide assessment, treatment, and management; and (2) the manner in which to fund the training. Requires the coordinator to report the determinations to the legislative council not later than December 31, 2017. Requires emergency medical services providers to complete an evidence based training program concerning suicide assessment, treatment, and management. Suicide prevention programming Requires a school corporation to adopt a policy addressing measures intended to increase child suicide awareness and sets forth requirements of policy. Requires approved postsecondary educational institutions to adopt a policy concerning suicide information and resources. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Passed Senate. No vote out of House Public Health Committee.



SB 510: Substance abuse pilot program- Provides that Allen County may enter into an agreement with an entity to administer a substance abuse pilot program after approval of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission). Specifies that the entity that agrees to administer the pilot program: (1) may not expend state grants unless the administrator has raised at least $1 of local funds for every $1 of state funds before July 1, 2018; and (2) may not expend money granted to the administrator for the pilot program for a state fiscal year unless the administrator expends at least $1 of local Substance abuse pilot program. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



SB 527: TANF eligibility- Sets the income eligibility requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program at not more than 50% of the federal income poverty level. Requires the division of family resources to amend the state TANF plan or take any other action necessary to implement the income requirements. Repeals a statute that sets the amount of need payments for the TANF program. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of Senate Family and Children Services Committee.



SB 528: Removal of asset limits for SNAP eligibility- Requires the division of family resources to: (1) implement within the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) an expanded eligibility category under which an individual's value of assets is not considered in determining SNAP eligibility; and (2) notify the United States Department of Agriculture of the implementation of expanded categorical eligibility under SNAP. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of Senate Family and Children Services Committee.



SB 567: Distressed and fiscally impaired political subdivisions- Changes the membership of the distressed unit appeal board (DUAB) by replacing the voting member who is appointed by the chairperson of the legislative council with a member appointed by the governor and adding three nonvoting legislative members. Adds to and modifies the duties and powers of the DUAB. Designates the Gary Community School Corporation as a distressed political subdivision. Specifies the powers and duties of the emergency manager appointed for the Gary Community School Corporation. Establishes the fiscal management board for the Gary Community School Corporation, and provides that the fiscal management board shall make recommendations to the emergency manager and shall advise the emergency manager as requested by the emergency manager. Requires the emergency manager for the Gary Community School Corporation to employ a chief financial officer and chief academic officer for the school corporation. Specifies that the chief financial officer shall report to the emergency manager and shall assist the emergency manager and the fiscal management board in carrying out the day to day financial operations of the school corporation. Specifies that the chief academic officer shall report to the emergency manager and shall assist the emergency manager and the fiscal management board in carrying out the academic matters of the school corporation. Authorizes the DUAB to do the following concerning the Gary Community School Corporation: (1) Delay or suspend any payments of principal or interest, or both, that would otherwise be due from the school corporation on loans or advances from the common school fund. (2) Recommend to the state board of finance that the state board of finance make an interest free loan to the school corporation from the common school fund. (3) Establish benchmarks of financial improvement. (4) Provide grants to the school corporation, from funds appropriated to the DUAB, to assist the school corporation in overcoming short term financial problems. (5) Make a recommendation to the general assembly concerning the possible restructuring of advances made to the school corporation from the common school fund, including forgiveness of principal and interest on those advances. Requires the emergency manager to do the following: (1) Attempt to negotiate with the creditors of the school corporation to establish a plan specifying the schedule for paying each creditor. (2) Submit the plan to the DUAB for approval. Provides that the emergency manager must consult with the governing body of the school corporation, the fiscal management board, and the mayor of the city of Gary in developing the school corporation's annual budget, and that the DUAB must review and approve the school corporation's annual budget. Provides that the annual budget adopted by the emergency manager for the school corporation must dedicate a significant part of the school corporation's budget to eliminating the school corporation's debt obligations. Requires the emergency manager appointed for the Gary Community School Corporation to provide written notice to the mayor of the city of Gary at least 30 days before selling assets or transferring property, and specifies that if the mayor notifies the emergency manager of any concerns or objections regarding the proposed sale or transfer, the emergency manager must confer with the mayor regarding those concerns or objections. Provides that during the period after the effective date of the bill and before an emergency manager is appointed: (1) the financial specialist appointed for the Gary Community School Corporation may identify and implement labor force reductions, including contract cancellations due to a reduction in force; and (2) the governing body may not enter into or renew any contract unless that contract or contract renewal is first approved by the DUAB. Designates the Muncie Community Schools as a fiscally impaired school corporation. Specifies that the Muncie Community Schools' designation as a fiscally impaired school corporation is not a designation as a distressed political subdivision, and provides that the school corporation's designation as a fiscally impaired school corporation terminates on January 1, 2018. Requires the DUAB to appoint an emergency manager for the school corporation. Provides that the DUAB may immediately appoint the superintendent of the school corporation as the emergency manager for the school corporation on a temporary basis, and that this temporary appointment may continue for not more than six months. Provides that notwithstanding the powers, authority, and responsibilities otherwise granted to an emergency manager under the distressed political subdivision law, the emergency manager appointed for the Muncie Community Schools has only certain specified powers and duties while the school corporation is designated as a fiscally impaired school corporation. Provides that the emergency manager may on behalf of the school corporation negotiate and enter into labor contracts and collective bargaining agreements. Requires the emergency manager for the Muncie Community Schools to take actions necessary to implement a deficit reduction plan. Requires the DUAB to hold a public hearing not later than December 1, 2017, to determine if the school corporation should be designated as a distressed political subdivision effective January 1, 2018. Provides that after holding the public hearing, the DUAB shall either: (1) adopt a resolution providing that the school corporation will not be designated as a distressed political subdivision (if the DUAB makes certain findings); or (2) adopt a resolution designating the school corporation as a distressed political subdivision effective January 1, 2018. Provides that if the DUAB adopts a resolution designating the school corporation as a distressed political subdivision, the emergency manager shall, effective January 1, 2018, assume and exercise all of the powers, authority, and responsibilities granted to emergency managers under the distressed political subdivision statutes. Authorizes the treasurer of state to file a petition with the DUAB to have a school corporation designated as a distressed unit if the treasurer of state has reason to believe that the school corporation will not be able to pay the school corporation's debt service obligations as those debt service obligations become due. Requires notice to the Indiana education employment relations board (EERB) when a school corporation is designated as distressed. Replaces and adds conditions for terminating a political subdivision's distressed status. Adds, removes, modifies, and rearranges the duties and powers of an emergency manager regarding all political subdivisions and makes certain changes with regard to distressed school corporations. Provides a procedure for residents who want to appeal a decision of an emergency manager. Specifies that if a member of the fiscal management board is made a party to a civil suit, the attorney general is required to defend the fiscal management board member. Specifies for purposes of a claim against a governmental entity that a member of the fiscal management board, the emergency manager, chief financial officer, or chief academic officer is acting on behalf of the distressed political subdivision and not the state. Provides civil immunity for these individuals with respect to an act or omission made in the course and scope of duties prescribed by the DUAB. Allows a school corporation to opt out of a state board of accounts examination and have an independent examination that meets certain criteria. Specifies that certain independent audits that are already completed for certain school corporations for 2015 and 2016 and that meet certain conditions are considered approved. IFCL opposed this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



2017

House of Representatives

IFCL Legislative Summary

 

 

These are the bills that have been at the center of our IFCL work this past legislative session. We are grateful to the lawmakers and groups that have partnered with us in our work at the Statehouse throughout this session. We believe now more than ever that a faith based organization, committed to bipartisanship, can flourish at the Indiana Statehouse. Our legislative priorities will always be Spirit-led as we work to create a more just and compassionate state for all of our Hoosier family.

 

HB 1003: Student assessments- Replaces the ISTEP test program after June 30, 2018, with a new statewide assessment program to be known as Indiana's Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network (ILEARN). Provides that after June 30, 2018, a student must complete a graduation pathway requirement rather than pass a graduation exam. Urges the legislative council to assign to the interim study committee on education for study during the 2017 interim of the general assembly the topic of Indiana's laws concerning school certificated employee evaluations. Provides that not later than November 1, 2017, the department of education shall make recommendations to the general assembly for updating Indiana's graduation waiver requirements. Provides that a school corporation may revise its teacher evaluation plan for the 2017-18 school year to determine how to include ISTEP results in evaluations of certificated employees. IFCL supported this legislation.Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



HB 1004: Prekindergarten education- Provides that, after June 30, 2017, the early education grant pilot program (prekindergarten pilot program) includes: (1) eligible providers in an additional 15 counties; and (2) eligible providers that received a grant under the early education matching grant program and meet certain conditions. Changes references to the "pilot program" to the "prekindergarten pilot program". Adds additional requirements for an eligible provider to participate in the prekindergarten pilot program. Adds additional requirements for an eligible child to qualify for or receive a grant under the prekindergarten pilot program. Amends income eligibility requirements for eligible children in counties that meet certain conditions and establishes certain requirements and restrictions. Provides that the office of the secretary of family and social services may award a grant to a potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider for an expansion plan if certain requirements are met. Requires a potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider to repay to the office the total amount of the grant awarded if the potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider fails to use the grant funds in accordance with the expansion plan or in compliance with the agreement with the office. Requires the office to: (1) monitor the educational outcomes resulting from the implementation of expansion plans; and (2) annually provide the governor and legislative council a report of the findings of the office concerning the educational outcomes. Amends a provision that requires a match for the prekindergarten pilot program be from at least 10% but not more than 50% to be at least 5% but not more than 50%, with an exception. Requires the office to make random onsite inspections, as determined necessary by the office, of facilities of eligible providers and potential eligible providers or existing eligible providers each year. Provides that the office may determine that an eligible provider or potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider is no longer eligible under the prekindergarten pilot program. Provides that eligible children who use a prekindergarten pilot program grant to attend a prekindergarten program at an eligible choice scholarship school are eligible to receive a choice scholarship to attend the same eligible choice scholarship school if certain conditions are met. Requires the division of family resources to develop a provider rate reimbursement schedule that uses money appropriated by the general assembly as an incentive for providers eligible to receive voucher payments under the federal Child Care and Development fund voucher program to meet the standards of quality recognized by a Level 3 or Level 4 Paths to QUALITY program rating. Requires the department of education (department) to approve an early learning development framework for prekindergarten. Requires the office to apply for waivers from all applicable federal agencies to receive any federal funding for child care or prekindergarten education in one block grant to use for child care and prekindergarten programs in the state. Establishes the prekindergarten pilot program fund. Allows the office to develop and implement a reimbursement program to reimburse costs incurred by parents to provide technology based, in-home early education services to a child. Allows money in the fund to be used to pay for the reimbursements. Repeals the provisions concerning the early education matching grant program. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



HB 1006: Mental health matters- Requires the secretary of family and social services to provide that residences for residential care and supported housing for chronic addiction that receive reimbursement when used as a recovery residence to be certified and meet standards determined by the division of mental health addiction through administrative rules. Adds, subject to the approval of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission), an individual who is: (1) less than 18 years of age; and (2) a defendant whose case is either waived from juvenile court to adult court or directly filed in adult court; to the individuals who may be eligible for mental health and addiction forensic treatment services. Provides that a child welfare program may be established for the purpose of providing child welfare substance abuse treatment services for families and children who have an open child welfare or delinquency case with the juvenile court. Requires that information and training concerning child welfare substance abuse treatment services be provided to certain judges, department of child services employees, and public defenders. Includes neonatal abstinence syndrome as a factor for a child to be determined a child in need of services. Urges the legislative council to assign to the interim study committee on corrections and criminal code the topic of extending mental health and addiction forensic treatment services to individuals in the criminal justice system: (1) who: (A) are charged with a misdemeanor offense; or (B) have a prior misdemeanor conviction; and (2) who have been placed in or are eligible for placement in a pretrial services program, a community corrections program, a prosecuting attorney's diversion program, or jail. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on public health, behavioral health, and human services). IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



HB 1009: School financial management- Provides for the following, effective January 1, 2019: (1) Eliminates the school general fund. (2) Creates an education fund to be used as the exclusive fund to pay expenses allocated to student instruction and learning. (3) Creates an operations fund to replace the capital projects fund, the transportation fund, the school bus replacement fund, an art association or a historical society fund, and the public playground fund. Provides that the levy for a school corporation's operations fund consists of the following separately calculated levies: (1) A transportation levy. (2) A school bus replacement levy. (3) A capital School financial management (4) A capital projects levy. (5) For certain schools, levies to provide funding for an art association, a historical society, or a public playground. Specifies that each separately calculated maximum levy for 2019 is the 2018 maximum levy increased by the maximum levy (assessed value) growth quotient and that after 2019 each separately calculated maximum levy is increased by the maximum levy (assessed value) growth quotient. Provides that on January 1, 2019, the balance in the school corporation's general fund shall be transferred to the education fund. Specifies that before March 1, 2019, the governing body of a school corporation may transfer to the school corporation's operations fund, from the amounts transferred from the school corporation's general fund, any amounts that are not allocated to student instruction and learning. Allows transfers between the education fund and operations fund. Specifies that money transferred from the operations fund to the education fund is not revenue for purposes of collective bargaining. Provides new allowable expenditures from the operations fund to include all skilled trades, school maintenance vehicles, and contracted services related to buildings and grounds. Eliminates the requirement to publish the entire capital projects plan and school bus replacement plan in a newspaper and requires that the plans be posted on the school corporation's web site. Removes the approval of the plans and appropriations by the department of local government finance. Eliminates various dedicated funds and moves the purpose for each of these funds to the education fund or operations fund. Creates the school corporation referendum controlled project tax levy fund to pay for projects approved by a voter referendum. Makes corresponding changes. Extends (through 2019) the ability in current law for a school corporation to allocate circuit breaker credits proportionately (without taking protected taxes into account) under certain circumstances. Provides that the chart of accounts to be used by school corporations must coincide with the following expenditure categories: (1) Student academic achievement expenditures. (2) Student instructional support expenditures. (3) Overhead and operational expenditures. (4) Nonoperational expenditures. Provides that a school corporation that has an ADM of more than 15,000 may not issue bonds after August 15, 2020, unless the school corporation has for its preceding budget year prepared an annual financial report using the modified accrual basis of accounting in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Provides that a county that has a population of more than 100,000 and a municipality that has a population of more than 75,000 may not issue bonds after June 30, 2020, unless the county or municipality has for its preceding budget year prepared an annual financial report using the modified accrual basis of accounting in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Allows the state examiner to waive these requirements if the state examiner determines that a waiver is in the best interest of the school corporation, county, or municipality. Replaces the provisions in current law (which would be phased in during 2017-2020) concerning annual financial report requirements that must be met before a school corporation, county, or municipality may issue bonds. Provides that effective July 1, 2017, a school corporation may not issue any bonds unless it has filed its annual financial report with the department of education. Provides that effective July 1, 2017, a county or municipality may not issue any bonds unless it has filed its annual financial report with the state examiner for the preceding fiscal year. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



HB 1014: Redistricting commission- Establishes a redistricting commission to create, hold hearings on, take public comment about, and recommend plans to redraw general assembly districts and congressional districts. Requires the legislative services agency to provide staff and administrative services to the commission. Establishes standards to govern the commission and the agency in the creation of redistricting plans. Provides that the general assembly must meet and enact redistricting plans before October 1 of a redistricting year. Authorizes the general assembly to convene in a session to act on redistricting bills at times other than the times the general assembly is currently Redistricting commission. Authorizes the general assembly to convene in a session to act on redistricting bills at times other than the times the general assembly is currently authorized to meet. Repeals the current law establishing a redistricting commission for congressional redistricting. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the special interim study committee on redistricting.) IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Not voted out of House Elections and Apportionment Committee.



HB 1060: Healthy food financing program- Establishes the healthy food financing fund and healthy food financing program under the administration of the Indiana housing and community development authority (IHCDA). Provides that the purpose of the fund is to provide financing in the form of loans or grants for projects that increase the availability of fresh and nutritious food in underserved communities. Defines an "underserved community" as a census tract determined to be an area with low supermarket access: (1) by the United States Department of Agriculture; or (2) as identified through a methodology used by another healthy food initiative. Provides Healthy food financing program. Establishes the healthy food financing fund (fund) and healthy food financing program (program) under the administration of the Indiana housing and community development authority (IHCDA). Provides that the purpose of the fund is to provide financing in the form of loans or grants for projects that increase the availability of fresh and nutritious food in underserved communities. Provides that the IHCDA may contract with one or more nonprofit organizations or community development financial institutions to administer the program through a public-private partnership. Provides that an applicant for a grant or a loan must demonstrate the capacity to successfully implement the project and the ability to repay the loan. Provides that an applicant for a grant or a loan must agree to satisfy certain conditions. Requires the IHCDA to monitor projects receiving financing and submit a report annually to the legislative council, including the number and types of jobs created, and the health initiatives associated with the program. Continuously appropriates money in the fund. Makes an appropriation to the fund. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of House Ways and Means Committee.



HB 1079: School employment and teacher licensure- Amends the time by which a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school must conduct expanded criminal history checks for applicants for employment. Requires a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school to conduct an expanded child protection index check concerning each applicant for employment before or not later than 60 days after the applicant's employment. Provides that a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school shall require an expanded criminal history check on each employee every five years. Provides that a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school may implement the requirement for updated School employment and teacher licensure. Amends the time by which a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school must conduct expanded criminal history checks for applicants for employment. Requires a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school to conduct an expanded child protection index check concerning each applicant for employment before or not later than 60 days after the applicant's employment. Provides that a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school may implement the requirement for updated background checks for current employees over a five-year period. Provides that an applicant is responsible for all costs associated with obtaining the expanded criminal history check and expanded child protection index check unless the school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school agrees to pay the costs. Provides that an employee of a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school may not be required to pay the costs of an expanded child protection index check. Makes an exception to the provision that an applicant or employee may not be required to obtain an expanded criminal history check more than one time during a five-year period. Requires each school corporation, charter school, and nonpublic school with one or more employees to adopt a policy requiring the school employer of the school corporation or charter school to contact references and, if applicable, the most recent employer provided by a prospective employee, before the school corporation or charter school may hire the prospective employee. Prohibits a school from hiring persons who have been convicted of certain crimes. Adds human trafficking to the list of offenses requiring license revocation. Permits the department of education (department) to reinstate the license of a person convicted of certain crimes if the conviction is reversed, vacated, or set aside on appeal. Requires the division of state court administration to weekly transmit a list of persons convicted of specified crimes to the department, and requires the department to: (1) compare this list with the department's list of licensed employees; and (2) revoke the license of a licensed employee who has been convicted of a specified offense. Provides that a presentence investigation includes gathering information with respect to whether the convicted defendant holds a teaching license or is a teacher. Provides that a superintendent (in addition to a principal under current law) may initiate the cancellation of a teacher's contract by providing notice to the teacher of the superintendent's preliminary decision. IFCL supports this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



HB 1104: Adulterant and synthetic urine ban- Defines "adulterant" and "synthetic urine". Provides distributing synthetic urine or an adulterant with the intent to assist a person in defrauding a drug screen is a misdemeanor. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



HB 1130: Protections for student journalists- Provides freedom of speech and freedom of press protections for grades 9 through 12 and state educational institution student journalists. Requires each school corporation and charter school to adopt a policy concerning student journalist protections. Provides that a public school or school corporation may not suppress school sponsored media unless certain conditions apply. Provides that public schools, school corporations, and state educational institutions are immune from civil liability for any injury resulting from school sponsored media produced by a student journalist except for acts or omissions that constitute gross negligence or willful, wanton, or intentional misconduct. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Passed House. Passed out of Senate Education and Career Development.



HB 1218: Juvenile justice- Adds additional members to a community corrections advisory board. Allows an application for a state grant for a community corrections program for juveniles to be made to the department of correction division of youth services. Provides that a child who was: (1) the victim of human trafficking; and (2) adjudicated a delinquent child for an act performed while a victim of human trafficking and the delinquent act was a result of human trafficking; is entitled to have the adjudication expunged. Specifies that expunged electronic records must be stored in a secure data base. Adds additional members to a community corrections advisory board. Allows an application for a state grant for a community corrections program for juveniles to be made to the department of correction division of youth services. Permits the department of correction to award funding to a court appointed forensic advocate program. Provides that a person who was: (1) the victim of human trafficking; and (2) convicted of a nonviolent offense committed while the person was being trafficked; is entitled to have the person's conviction vacated if certain conditions are met. Provides that prostitution is a criminal offense only if committed by a person who is at least 18 years of age. Defines "juvenile prostitution". Provides that a person less than 18 years of age who is engaged in juvenile prostitution is considered a victim of juvenile prostitution and human or sexual trafficking. Adds juvenile prostitution to offenses involving prostitution in human trafficking crimes and the crimes of visiting a common nuisance and promoting prostitution. Makes technical corrections. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



HB 1337: Telemedicine matters- Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning (office) to reimburse a Medicaid provider, determined by the office to be eligible, for covered telemedicine services. Prohibits the office from setting any distance restrictions under Medicaid on telehealth services and telemedicine services. Adds podiatrist to the definition of "prescriber" for purposes of telemedicine services. Requires a telemedicine services prescriber to contact the patient's primary care provider if the telemedicine services prescriber has provided care to the patient at least two consecutive times through the use of telemedicine services. Removes a limitation on prescribing controlled substances except for opioids through Telemedicine matters. Removes a limitation on prescribing controlled substances except for opioids through the use of telemedicine if: (1) the prescriber maintains a controlled substance registration; (2) the prescriber meets federal requirements concerning the prescribing of the controlled substance; (3) the patient has been examined in person by a licensed Indiana health care provider that has established a treatment plan to assist the prescriber in the diagnosis of the patient; (4) the prescriber has reviewed and approved the treatment plan and is prescribing for the patient pursuant to the treatment plan; and (5) the prescriber complies with the requirements of the INSPECT program. Allows for the prescribing of an opioid using telemedicine services if the opioid being prescribed is a partial agonist being prescribed to treat or manage an opioid dependence. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



HB 1344: Lead and arsenic soil contamination in East Chicago- Defines "East Chicago area of special concern" to refer to the areas of the city of East Chicago in which lead or arsenic has been discovered in the soil through testing or in which the presence of lead or arsenic in the soil is probable. Encourages the department of environmental management (IDEM) to cooperate with and provide assistance to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the sampling, excavation, and removal of contaminated soil and restoration work in the East Chicago area of special concern. Requires the Indiana housing and community development authority to cooperate with and provide assistance to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the relocation of residents of the East Chicago area of special concern to other residential areas. Requires the state agencies and, if necessary, the attorney general to collect from the EPA the reasonable costs incurred by the state agencies in providing the assistance. Requires IDEM to conduct testing of the water supply for East Chicago to determine whether it is in compliance with the national primary drinking water regulations for lead. IFCL supported this legislation. Status- Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



HB 1399: Low cost food plan- Requires the division of family resources to calculate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for and distribute SNAP benefits to eligible recipients using the low cost food plan developed by the United States Department of Agriculture. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of House Family, Children and Human Affairs.



HB 1416: School buses- Establishes the school bus safety equipment grant fund, administered by the department of education, to provide grants to school corporations seeking to purchase new school buses equipped with passenger safety belts or, if recommended by the state school bus committee, other proven safety equipment. Provides that a governing body may apply for a grant from the fund in an amount equal to 50% of the cost of equipping the school buses with passenger safety belts or other safety equipment. Requires new school buses purchased after June 30, 2018, to be equipped with passenger safety belts or, if recommended by the state school bus committee, other proven safety equipment. Allows a school corporation to use a portion of a grant from the Safe School’s Fund or the secured school fund toward purchase of new school buses equipped with safety equipment. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of House Education Committee.



HB 1425: Fresh food initiative- Establishes the food desert grant and loan program within the state department of health's division of nutrition and physical activity (division) to assist new businesses, existing businesses, and other legal entities to offer fresh and unprocessed foods within a food desert. Defines "food desert". Requires the division to establish: (1) criteria for awarding grants and making loans under the program; and (2) terms and conditions for recipients of the grants and loans. Provides that the recipient of a grant or loan: (1) may use the proceeds only to acquire, repair, or renovate property or equipment to Fresh food initiative. Establishes the food desert grant and loan program within the state department of health's division of nutrition and physical activity (division) to assist new businesses, existing businesses, and other legal entities to offer fresh and unprocessed foods within a food desert. Provides that the recipient of a grant or loan: (1) may use the proceeds only to acquire, repair, or renovate property or equipment to be used in offering fresh and unprocessed foods within a food desert; and (2) shall not use the proceeds to acquire food to be sold. Establishes the food deserts fund for purposes of awarding grants and loans under the program. Requires the division to establish criteria for the evaluation of the health impact of the program and to evaluate the grants and loans awarded under the program according to the criteria. Requires the division, at the direction of the state health commissioner, to submit an annual report to the general assembly documenting the effectiveness of the program. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of House Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee.



HB 1430: Suicide awareness and prevention- Provides that, after June 30, 2018, each school corporation, charter school, and accredited nonpublic school: (1) shall require all teachers; and (2) may require any other appropriate school employees; who are employed at schools that provide instruction to students in any combination of grade 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 to attend or participate in evidence based inservice youth suicide awareness and prevention training every three school years. Requires the division of mental health and addiction to: (1) develop a statewide program for suicide prevention; and (2) employ a coordinator of the statewide Suicide awareness and prevention Requires the coordinator to study and determine: (1) the professions that should be required to receive training on suicide assessment, treatment, and management; and (2) the manner in which to fund the training. Requires the coordinator to report the determinations to the legislative council not later than December 31, 2017. Requires emergency medical services providers to complete an evidence based training program concerning suicide assessment, treatment, and management. Requires each school corporation to adopt a policy addressing measures intended to increase child suicide awareness and prevention. Establishes requirements regarding the policy. Requires an approved postsecondary educational institution to adopt a policy concerning suicide information and resources. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



HB 1438: Syringe exchange programs- Allows a county or municipality to approve the operation of a syringe exchange program. Allows a program to be renewed for not longer than two years. Requires a program to keep a sufficient quantity of an overdose intervention drug in stock to administer when needed. Requires the state health commissioner to receive written notice when a program is renewed, expired, or terminated or if the qualified entity operating the program changes. Extends the law concerning programs until July 1, 2021. (Current law expires July 1, 2019.) IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



HB 1449: Teacher induction pilot program- Makes changes to who may submit a plan to participate in the career pathways and mentorship program. Establishes the Indiana new educator induction program to give new teachers, principals, and administrators mentoring support. Provides that grants for the program may be made from the system for teacher and student advancement grant fund. Provides that, not later than July 1, 2018, and each July thereafter, the state board of education shall submit a report to the governor and the general assembly regarding the status of the program. Establishes the Indiana educator residency pilot program. Urges the legislative council to assign to the education interim study committee for study during the 2017 legislative interim. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



HB 1494: 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). Repeals the statute requiring a person to obtain the "prior approval" of the department of environmental management (IDEM) before constructing or operating a CFO. Provides instead that a person must obtain a permit from IDEM before constructing or operating a CFO. Requires a permit amendment before: (1) construction of a replacement manure storage facility that would not increase the CFO's manure storage capacity; (2) a change that would 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 horsesRequires a permit amendment before: (1) construction of a replacement manure storage facility that would not increase the CFO's manure storage capacity; (2) a change that would increase a CFO's manure volume by 10% or more or decrease the size of a CFO's manure storage facility by 10% or more; or (3) a change to a CFO that would increase manure storage capacity by less than 10%. Requires a new permit for: (1) the construction of a new manure storage facility that would increase manure storage capacity beyond the capacity approved in the CFO's most recently issued permit; or (2) a change to a CFO's manure storage facility that would increase storage capacity by 10% or more. Requires the submission of a facility change notification to IDEM under certain circumstances and requires the construction of additional manure storage capacity under certain circumstances. Makes changes concerning disclosure statements and notice of applications. IFCL opposed this legislation. Status: Passed House. No vote out of Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee.



HB 1534: Orders of protection and firearms- Requires a court to prohibit a person who is subject to an order for protection from using or possessing firearms or ammunition if the domestic or family violence giving rise to the order of protection involved the use or threat of use of a firearm. Requires a court to order the surrender of firearms and ammunition owned or possessed by a person who is subject to an order for protection if the domestic or family violence giving rise to the order of protection involved the use or threat of use of a firearm. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of House Public Policy Committee.



HB 1541: Addiction treatment teams- Adds a definition of "medication assisted treatment". Specifies: (1) providers that must be included as part of; and (2) services that must be provided by; an addiction treatment team. Establishes reimbursement for addiction treatment teams from health and addiction forensic treatment services grants. Allows addiction treatment teams to provide services in temporary locations and mobile units in specified conditions. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.



HB 1544: Coverage for abuse deterrent opioids- Requires that, if an abuse deterrent opioid analgesic is available with a certain active ingredient, state employee health plans, policies of accident and sickness insurance, and health maintenance organization contracts must provide coverage for at least one abuse deterrent opioid analgesic that provides that active ingredient. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: No vote out of House Insurance Committee.



HB 1654: Commission to combat drug abuse- Adds two members to the commission to combat drug abuse (commission). Specifies that one of the members is the vice chairperson of the commission whose duties are determined by the chairperson. IFCL supported this legislation. Status: Signed by Governor Eric Holcomb.