House Bills

HB 1053: Drink sales at microbrewery and farm winery
Summary: Allows a microbrewery and a farm winery that occupy the same building to sell by the glass the microbrewery’s beer and the farm winery’s wine from the same service bar, without a structure separating the service of wine and the service of beer.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: AFP Indiana supports free markets and their ability to function without unnecessary government intrusion. This bill removes arbitrary restrictions that harm a sector of Indiana small businesses and their ability to compete with larger competitors in the industry.
Bill Status: Passed House; Referred to Senate

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HB 1203: Wine and beer sales at festivals
Summary: Allows a microbrewery and a farm winery to sell beer and wine by the glass at a festival in or on the same premises or enclosed area.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: AFP Indiana supports removing burdensome government barriers to the free market economy. This bill begins to do just that for Indiana wineries and microbreweries, paving the way for a truly unfettered free market relationship between the buyer and seller.
Bill Status: Passed House; Referred to Senate

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HB 1311: Alcoholic beverage issues
Summary:
Raises the barrel limit for a small brewery from 30,000 barrels a year to 90,000 barrels a year.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Removes unnecessary burdens, lowering costs and increasing choice for consumers.
Bill Status: Passed House; Referred to Senate
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HB 1432: Regulation of E-Liquids
Summary: Regulation of e-liquids. Requires a manufacturer that manufactures, bottles, or stores e-liquid to have a permit issued by the alcohol and tobacco commission. Establishes requirements to obtain a permit to manufacture e-liquid. Establishes penalties for not complying with the terms of the permit. Prohibits a retailer from selling e-liquid: (1) to a minor; (2) that is purchased from a manufacturer that does not have a permit; or (3) that has been altered or tampered with. Allows a permit holder to bring a civil action for violations of the e-liquids laws.
AFP-Position: Oppose
Reason:
This bill places alcohol and tobacco commission permitting requirements on manufacturers, bottlers, or anyone storing e-liquids, or retailers selling e-liquids purchased from manufacturers without permits.
Status: Passed House; Referred to Senate

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Senate 

SB 113: Direct wine sales
Summary: Removes certain requirements for the issuance of a direct wine seller’s permit concerning: (1) filing of surety bonds or depositing cash in escrow; and (2) wine distribution through wholesalers. Removes requirements that before a direct wine seller may sell wine to a consumer: (1) the consumer must provide information in one face-to-face transaction at the seller’s place of business; or (2) under certain circumstances, the consumer must provide a verified statement that the consumer is at least 21 years of age, and the seller must provide the name and address of the consumer to the alcohol and tobacco commission. Allows a direct wine seller to sell and ship wine directly to a consumer if the consumer provides: (1) the consumer’s name; (2) a valid delivery address and telephone number; (3) proof of age by a state government issued or federal government issued identification card showing the consumer to be at least 21 years of age; and (4) a verified statement that the consumer satisfies certain requirements.
AFP Position: Support  
Reason:
 Removes burdensome and unnecessary regulations on direct wine sellers. This allows direct wine sellers to directly sell to consumers cutting costs and increasing consumer choice.
Status: Passed Senate; Referred to House

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SB 72: Motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors
Summary: Provides that it is an unfair practice for a manufacturer or a distributor to sell or offer to sell a new motor vehicle (vehicle) directly to a consumer or display a new vehicle to the general public in order to facilitate a sale other than through an independent franchised new motor vehicle dealer that has a physical place of business that is capable of performing complete warranty service on vehicles produced by the manufacturer, with certain exceptions.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: This legislation constricts the free market by demanding that all new car sales go through a vehicle dealer. Some manufacturers choose to sell directly to consumers which should be their decision to make.
Status: Passed Senate; Referred to House

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SB 197: Chauffeur’s license exemption
Summary: Authorizes an individual to transport: (1) a recreational vehicle; or (2) a towing vehicle and recreational vehicle; without a chauffeur’s license in certain circumstances.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Removes an unnecessary burden for transporting personal property.
Status: Passed House; Referred to Senate

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SB 297: Microbrewery barrel limits
Summary: Changes the amount of the barrels of beer that a microbrewery may manufacture in a calendar year for sale or distribution within Indiana from 30,000 to 60,000. Makes conforming changes to brewery provisions. Makes a technical correction.
AFP Position: Support
Reason:  Allows Mircobrews to expand production of their product. This allows small businesses to grow and create more jobs as well as expanding consumer choice and lowering costs.
Status: Passed Senate; Referred to House

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SB 460: Comprehensive care health facilities
Summary: Prohibits the state department of health from approving: (1) the licensure of comprehensive care health facilities; (2) new or converted comprehensive care beds; or (3) the certification of new or converted comprehensive care beds for participation in the state Medicaid program; through June 30, 2018. Makes exceptions for certain facilities that are: (1) under development; (2) small house health facilities; (3) replacement facilities; (4) continuing care retirement communities; (5) facilities located in counties whose comprehensive care bed occupancy rate exceeds 90%; and (6) facilities that undergo a change of ownership for certain purposes. Limits small house Comprehensive care health facilities. Prohibits the state department of health from approving: (1) the licensure of comprehensive care health facilities; (2) new or converted comprehensive care beds; or (3) the certification of new or converted comprehensive care beds for participation in the state Medicaid program; through June 30, 2018. Makes exceptions for certain facilities that are: (1) under development; (2) small house health facilities; (3) replacement facilities; (4) continuing care retirement communities; (5) facilities located in counties whose comprehensive care bed occupancy rate exceeds 90%; and (6) facilities that undergo a change of ownership for certain purposes. Limits small house facilities to 100 new licensed or Medicaid certified comprehensive care beds per year.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason:
SB 460 effectively creates a state moratorium on the construction of new nursing home facilities for seniors. This represents an unwise intrusion of government into the free market and unfairly restricts the choices available to seniors when it comes to obtaining nursing home care. This legislation would contribute to a more captive market by insulating those already in the nursing home market from potential rivals, and the market forces that come along with increased competition.
Status: Passed Senate; Referred to House
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