House Bills

HB 1019: Common construction wage
Summary: Repeals the common construction wage statute. Repeals related statutes superseded by the repeal of the common construction wage statute. Makes conforming amendments.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: AFP Indiana supports efforts to make taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects more affordable and eliminate market-distorting wage laws that increase labor costs beyond market-based levels. This bill will save significant taxpayer dollars, allowing that money to be invested more directly into projects from which they stand to benefit.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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HB 1027: Referenda for controlled projects and school levies
Summary: Provides that a referendum on a controlled project may be held only at a general election, if the preliminary determination to issue bonds or enter into a lease for the controlled project is made after June 30, 2015. Provides that a referendum for a referendum tax levy of a school corporation may be held only at a general election, if the resolution to hold the referendum is adopted after June 30, 2015.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: AFP Indiana supports efforts to make government more transparent and accountable. This bill will create significantly larger voting pools on important local issues by requiring that the measures be decided during a general election, rather than during a special election or primary election in which turnout is typically low.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1034: Lobbying expenses of political subdivisions
Summary: Requires each Indiana political subdivision to file with the lobby registration commission an annual report of certain expenses paid by the political subdivision relating to lobbying the general assembly. Requires that the Indiana transparency Internet web site contain links to the reports.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: AFP Indiana supports the right of taxpayers to know how their dollars are being spent. Political subdivisions are taxpayer-funded entities; therefore, taxpayers have a right to know how the entities are spending money as pertains to lobbying activity.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1044: Rockville food and beverage tax
Summary: Authorizes the town of Rockville to adopt a town food and beverage tax. Provides that the tax rate may not exceed 1%. Specifies the purposes for which the food and beverage tax may be used.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: AFP Indiana opposes efforts to increase the burden of government on our state’s families. Rockville residents already pay enough in taxes to fund the essential services of local government. Instead of asking taxpayers for more, Rockville should seek to reform and cut spending. Food and beverage taxes are unnecessary and regressive, and the legislature should not permit them in Rockville.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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HB 1052: Common construction wage
Summary: Changes the composition of a committee that determines a scale of wages for a public work project. Changes from three months to 12 months the period during which the scale may be used. Provides that after December 31, 2015, the common construction wage law does not apply to a project in which the actual construction costs are less than $1,000,000. (Under current law, this figure is $350,000.) Makes technical changes.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: AFP Indiana supports saving taxpayer dollars and making infrastructure projects more affordable. This takes steps towards accomplishing those goals. Otherwise affordable projects should face cost overruns as a result of market-distorting construction wage laws.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1084: Grants for green industry jobs
Summary: Establishes the green jobs training program to support opportunities for eligible workers to receive job training in green industry sectors and occupations. Requires the department of workforce development (department) to administer the program. Establishes the green jobs training fund. Provides that the department shall: (1) identify and develop the framework, potential funding, strategies, policies, partnerships, and opportunities necessary to address the need for a highly skilled and well-trained workforce to meet the needs of the green economy; and (2) subject to the availability of appropriated funds, award grants from the green jobs training fund to employers and other persons for worker training grants.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: AFP Indiana opposes corporate cronyism. Taxpayers should not be forced to provide certain companies or industries advantages over any other. Labor is a commodity, and the government should decide who wins or loses. This bill would do just that, allowing government to choose the “green energy” industry to be a winner, rather than letting consumers and the free market decide.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1087: Tax credits for media production
Summary: Reestablishes the media production expenditure tax credit (which expired in 2012), with certain changes. Provides a refundable tax credit to taxpayers that make qualified production expenditures in Indiana.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: AFP Indiana opposes corporate welfare. The media production tax credit is a form of government picking winners and losers, forcing taxpayers to subsidize one industry. Instead of handing out corporate welfare that distorts the free market, AFP supports a level playing field with low, fair, flat taxes.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1100: School efficiency grants
Summary: Establishes the school efficiency grant program to provide one or more school corporations grants to implement plans that would make one or more school corporations more cost effective. Establishes the school efficiency grant fund.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: AFP Indiana supports measures to make our public schools more efficient and effective for students. This measure would provide districts an opportunity and incentive to weed out waste and save taxpayer dollars to be better invested in schools, in ways that truly benefit the needs of students in the classroom.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1109: Payment of monthly pension benefits
Summary: Provides that members and beneficiaries of any public pension fund administered by the Indiana public retirement system may receive monthly benefits only by direct deposit or another method approved by the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system. Repeals a similar but more narrowly applicable section concerning methods of paying monthly benefits to members and beneficiaries of the public employees’ retirement fund and the teachers’ retirement fund.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: AFP Indiana supports measures to make government simpler and more cost-effective. This bill creates a uniform system that will save money and simplify the process, benefitting taxpayers and workers alike.
Bill Status: Passed House; Referred to Senate

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HB 1121: Renewable energy standards
Summary: Requires an electricity supplier to supply a certain percentage of its total electricity supply from renewable energy resources. Establishes the renewable energy resources fund to receive penalties paid by electricity suppliers that fail to supply electricity from renewable energy resources. Continuously appropriates money in the fund. Requires the utility regulatory commission to adopt guidelines to assist electricity suppliers that participated in the CEPS program in complying with the new renewable energy standards. Repeals IC 8-1-37 (voluntary clean energy portfolio standard (CEPS) program).
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Renewable energy mandates are a form of corporate cronyism that drive-up energy costs for families and businesses. The legislature should not be picking certain sources of energy as winners over others, especially not in a manner that drives up consumer costs.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1122: Personal leave for employees
Summary: Provides that certain employees of certain employers are entitled to take: (1) 24 hours of paid leave; and (2) 16 hours of unpaid leave; in a 12 month period.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: AFP Indiana believes that the government should be largely left out of the employer-employee relationship. Mandating leave periods like this bill seeks to do drives up the cost of hiring, which often harms not only the business but the employee as well, since wages often stand to suffer as a result of the mandates.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1130: Greenwood food and beverage tax
Summary: Authorizes the city of Greenwood to adopt a municipal food and beverage tax. Provides that the tax rate may not exceed 1%. Specifies the uses to which receipts from the food and beverage tax may be applied.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: AFP Indiana opposes efforts to increase the burden of government on our state’s families. Greenwood residents already pay enough in taxes to fund the essential services of local government. Instead of asking taxpayers for more, Greenwood should seek to reform and cut spending. Food and beverage taxes are unnecessary and regressive, and the legislature should not permit them.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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HB 1134: Indiana transparency web site
Summary: Transfers, from the department of education to the department of local government finance, responsibilities that relate to posting certain school financial data on the Indiana transparency Internet web site. Makes conforming changes.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: The department of education should focus on properly education Indiana’s school children. The department of local government finance exists to report financial information. Both agencies stand to benefit from this change of improved focus.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1142: Tax issues
Summary: Specifies that the legislative services agency (rather than the commission on state tax and financing policy or its successor committee, under current law) shall before October 1 of each year conduct the review, analysis, and evaluation of all tax incentives under House Enrolled Act 1020-2014, according to a schedule developed by the legislative services agency. Requires the legislative services agency to submit the results of the review, analysis, and evaluation to the legislative council and the interim study committee on fiscal policy. Requires the interim study committee on fiscal policy to hold an annual public hearing after September 30 and before November 1 of each year at which: (1) the legislative services agency presents its review, analysis, and evaluation of tax incentives; and (2) the interim study committee receives information concerning tax incentives. Requires the interim study committee on fiscal policy to submit to the legislative council any recommendations made by the interim study committee that are related to the legislative services agency’s review, analysis, and evaluation of tax incentives prepared under this section. Requires the legislative services agency to provide information to be used by the general assembly to make certain determinations regarding tax incentives. (Current law requires the legislative services agency to make these determinations.) Requires the legislative services agency to prepare and publish a tax expenditure report before November 1 of each even numbered year. Specifies the required elements of the tax expenditure report. Repeals the home insulation deduction and the solar powered roof vent and fan deduction.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: AFP Indiana opposes all market-distorting tax incentives. They represent corporate welfare that allows government, not consumers, to pick winners and losers. This bill adds badly-needed transparency and accountability to the process, a necessary step toward eliminating crony incentives entirely.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1146: Capital project and referendum levy referenda
Summary: Provides that a referendum on a controlled project may be held only at a general election, if the preliminary determination to issue bonds or enter into a lease for the controlled project is made after June 30, 2015. Provides that a referendum for a referendum tax levy of a school corporation may be held only at a general election, if the resolution to hold the referendum is adopted after June 30, 2015. Allows the public question on a controlled project or a referendum levy to be supplemented with information intended to illustrate the effect of approving the controlled project or referendum levy on property taxes in the affected political subdivision. Requires that the supplemental information must be based upon data readily available to the political subdivision and the department of local government finance (DLGF). Requires that the supplemental information must be submitted to the DLGF for approval. Requires the DLGF to review proposed referendum levy ballot language for bias and accuracy.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: AFP Indiana supports efforts to make government more transparent and accountable. This bill will create significantly larger voting pools on important local issues by requiring that the measures be decided during a general election, rather than during a special election in which turnout is typically extremely low. Moreover, it ensures that the information provided by the government is complete and lacking in bias in one direction over another.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1154: Economic development and wind turbines
Summary: Establishes the Hoosier heritage innovative industry loan fund. Authorizes interest free loans, reduced income tax rates, and enhanced economic development for a growing economy (EDGE) tax credits to encourage the manufacturing of wind turbine components in Indiana using steel produced in the United States. Transfers $1,000,000 from the Indiana twenty-first century research and technology fund to the Hoosier heritage innovative industry loan fund.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: This bill is a blatant example of corporate cronyism. AFP opposes measures to benefit one industry over another. Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize certain industries’ or private companies’ government-granted privilege over competitors.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1166: State agency purchases
Summary: Requires a minimum of 35% of an executive branch state agency’s annual nonpayroll expenditures to be made on purchases from Indiana businesses.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: AFP Indiana believes that the government must do everything it reasonably can to cut costs and save taxpayer dollars. Mandating minimum purchases from Indiana businesses could prevent the government from maximizing savings. Cutting government spending will do more to benefit Indiana businesses than mandating the government purchase a certain amount of goods/services in-state.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1169: Use of electronic cigarettes
Summary: Adds use of an electronic cigarette to the definition of “smoking” for purposes of the laws that prohibit smoking in certain places.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: AFP Indiana believes that e-cigarette – a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes – should have fewer restrictions placed upon them. As such, it should be at the discretion of various property owners as to whether e-cig smoking is permitted on their property.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1204: School supply tax holiday
Summary: Provides a sales tax exemption for school instructional materials that are purchased during the first two weeks in August, if the sales price of the item of school instructional material does not exceed $500.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Sales tax exemptions are a flawed concept. Rather than provide momentary, market-distorting relief, the legislature should seek to reform and cut tax rates for all. This bill acknowledges that lower taxes help boost the economy and make life easier – that logic should be applied across the board, not merely in this instance.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1215: Public mass transportation
Summary: Makes a state general fund appropriation to the department of transportation for promoting and developing public mass transportation in Indiana as permitted by the public mass transportation fund. Specifies that the appropriation is $60,000,000 for state fiscal year 2015-2016 and $60,000,000 for state fiscal year 2016-2017 and that the appropriation is instead of the appropriation set forth in the state budget act.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Too many mass transit projects are simply not viable and thus not a responsible use of taxpayer dollars. Mass transportation must be a self-sustaining project, funded by those who use it and benefit from it. General fund revenue intended for other essential services should not be crowded out to fund mass transit.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1217: Railroad funding
Summary: Annually appropriates $3 million from the state general fund to the department of transportation to carry out an agreement with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK) to provide intercity railroad passenger service in Indiana.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: AMTRAK has been a financial disaster for taxpayers all over the country. The system is inefficient and deeply in debt. Until significant reforms are made, state taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize another dime of this failed federal government operation.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1221: Grants and tax credits for historic preservation
Summary: Authorizes the office of community and rural affairs (office) to administer a grant program for the preservation of historic properties. Provides that the income tax credit for the preservation of historic properties applies to the preservation or rehabilitation of historic properties that have been vacant for at least one year. Establishes four new methodologies for determining the amount of the tax credit. Provides that a property’s adjusted basis is not reduced by the amount of the credit if a person is entitled to a federal low income housing tax credit. Changes numerous spending floors and caps relating to the tax credit. Phases in increases to the annual statewide cap on the tax credit until the cap is $10,000,000. Allows the tax credit to be assigned. Specifies that the office may adopt emergency rules. Voids a rule providing that the maximum amount of tax credits for a particular project is $100,000. Prohibits the office from reallocating available tax credits from year to year.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Preservation tax credits are another example of market-distorting tax policy. AFP Indiana believes in a fair, flat, neutral tax code that facilitates economic growth and development. Preservation tax credits violate this basic principle and create an impediment to broader tax reform that benefits all Indianans.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1256: Small business and grocer investment program
Summary: Establishes the small business and grocer investment fund (fund) and healthy food access program (program) under the administration of the Indiana economic development corporation (IEDC) to provide funding in the form of grants or loans to food retailers that increase local access to fresh fruits, vegetables, or other healthy foods in underserved communities. Defines an “underserved community” as a geographic area located in Indiana in which there is a lack of local access to healthy food retailers. Provides that the IEDC may contract with one or more nonprofit organizations or community development financial institutions to carry out the duties of the corporation. Provides that a grant or loan awarded to an applicant under the program must be made subject to the following conditions: (1) The applicant must be obligated to sell fresh fruits, vegetables, or other healthy foods in underserved communities. (2) If a loan is made, the applicant must be obligated to repay the loan. Appropriates money in the fund.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: AFP opposes all tax incentives which distort the market. HB 1256 amounts to little more than corporate cronyism, something our organization works against.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1264: Local government internal controls
Summary:
Requires the legislative body of a local government to ensure appropriate training of personnel concerning the internal control system. Requires the attorney representing a local government to annually certify that certain internal controls of the local government are in place. Specifies certain reporting and followup related to a report of misappropriation of local government funds. Prohibits the department of local government finance approval of a local government budget until receipt of certification that applicable training has been completed.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Providing greater transparency and financial controls on local governments is a prudent move to protect taxpayers.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1270: Horse racing matters
Summary:
Provides that the minimum salary per diem for a member of the Indiana horse racing commission equals the maximum per diem amount that an employee of the executive branch of the federal government receives. Removes the prohibition that certain funds distributed to the horsemen’s association cannot be used for lobbying purposes. Changes the appointment process for members of breed development advisory committees and the process to appoint new members. Changes the distribution of funds to promote horses and horse racing.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: The state of Indiana should not be in the business of subsidizing the horse racing industry. Moreover, dollars collected for the promotion of horse racing should never be used for lobbying purposes.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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House Bill 1273: Indianapolis Soccer Stadium
Summary: Marion County economic development. Establishes an additional professional sports development area (APSDA) in Marion County. Requires the metropolitan development commission to establish a tax area before July 1, 2017, according to the procedures for the establishment of an economic development area. Authorizes capital improvements to be made. Provides that the APSDA may include the site or future site of a facility or complex of facilities that includes a hotel, a multipurpose stadium, and a facility used to manage and operate the professional team that would use the stadium. Requires participation in contracts for all capital improvements by minority, women and
veteran owned business enterprises. Permits the adoption of a 10% Marion County admissions tax rate for any event held in the APSDA. Provides that, if adopted, the 10% admissions tax also applies until 2020 to any event held in a facility that hosts professional soccer events and that is not located in the existing professional sports development area. Allows up to $5,000,000 of state revenue to be captured each year, for 32 years, from the APSDA. Requires the owner of a professional soccer franchise that would be the primary tenant of the facility or complex of facilities constructed in the tax area, the professional soccer franchise, or the professional soccer league in which the professional soccer franchise competes (or any combination of these) to guarantee at least 50% of the amount that is financed for the facility or complex of facilities that includes a soccer stadium. Provides that if the capital improvement board, the county convention and recreational facilities authority, and one more sublessees have entered into an agreement concerning a capital improvement in the APSDA: (1) the metropolitan development commission shall expand a tax increment financing allocation area in Marion County; and (2) subject to the policies and guidelines governing the metropolitan development commission, deposit at least $10,000,000 from property taxes allocated to the commission into a neighborhood stabilization fund during the 20 years after the parties enter into the agreement. Specifies the purposes for which these revenues may be used and the area in which these revenues may be used. Provides that upon approval by the legislative body of a county containing a consolidated city, the county executive may submit an application to the budget committee for review and recommendation to the budget agency, requesting the designation by the budget agency of the White River revitalization district (district). Provides that: (1) the income tax increment and the sales tax increment for a district shall be deposited during each state fiscal year into a state incremental tax financing fund established for the district; and (2) this incremental tax revenue shall be distributed to the county for use within the district for specified purposes. Provides that not more than $5,000,000 in tax revenues may be captured by the district over the life of the district.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason:Without any independent study or analysis, supporters of an Indianapolis soccer stadium are seeking to retain tax dollars generated at their place of business for the purposes of financing the construction of a new stadium. Without any guarantee of future revenue, taxpayers are the ones who seem to ultimately hold the risk of this venture. In a free market, consumers (taxpayers) should be the ones making the decision on what is essential to their community.
Status: Passed 2nd Reading

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HB 1297: New markets tax credit
Summary:
Provides for an Indiana new markets tax credit against state taxes for investments in qualified community development entities that is similar to the federal new markets tax credit. Provides that the Indiana economic development corporation (IEDC) may not approve more than $80,000,000 of qualified equity investments each state fiscal year. Requires the IEDC to submit an annual report on the Indiana new markets tax credit to the budget committee.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: It is not the job of the state government to provide taxpayer dollars for tax incentives for private businesses.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1316: Natural gas vehicle grant program
Summary:
Establishes the natural gas vehicle grant program within the office of management and budget to award grants of $5,000 to school corporations and certain municipalities toward the purchase of natural gas vehicles. Makes an appropriation. Repeals the alternative fuel vehicle grant program for local government units. Requires the Indiana department of transportation to amend certain publications and documents concerning general or specific service signs for compressed natural gas fueling stations.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Taxpayers should not subsidize one form of energy development over another.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1317: Prohibition on taxation of Internet access
Summary:
Provides that neither the state nor a political subdivision may impose, assess, collect, or attempt to collect a tax on Internet access or the use of Internet access.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: This is an important measure to protect Indiana taxpayers and ensure tax-free internet access.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1320: Generation of electricity by distributed generation
Summary: Provides that the utility regulatory commission (IURC) may authorize an electricity supplier to establish certain tariffs, rates and charges, and credits with respect to the acquisition of electricity from a customer that uses distributed generation.
AFP Position: Support
Reason:
Removes solar energy credits whose cost is supported by other ratepayers.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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HB 1321: Oil and natural gas regulation
Summary:
Amends the statute concerning home rule for units of local government to specify that such units do not have the power to regulate or prohibit oil and gas exploration, development, or production activities, including activities involving horizontal drilling or hydraulic fracturing.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Local governments should not be permitted to unilaterally halt or limit the exploration of our state’s natural resources.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1339: Additional Tipton County CAGIT rate
Summary:
Authorizes Tipton County to impose an additional county adjusted gross income tax (CAGIT) rate of not more than 0.4%. Provides that revenue from the additional tax rate may be used only to: (1) pay the costs of financing, constructing, acquiring, improving, renovating, remodeling, equipping, operating, or maintaining the county jail and related buildings and parking facilities; and (2) pay bonds issued or leases entered into for those purposes. Specifies that the additional rate may be imposed only until the date on which the last of any bonds issued or leases entered into for those purposes are fully paid.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Rather than seeking state legislation, Tipton County should put the question of a tax increase to their voters on the ballot.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1346: Unpasteurized milk acquisition
Summary:
Allows the acquisition of unpasteurized milk by an individual who obtains the milk from animals solely or partially owned by the individual. Allows unpasteurized milk from animals owned by an individual to be distributed to members of the individual’s family or nonpaying guests.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: AFP supports the free market. Allowing individuals to produce or acquire unpasteurized milk within their families is a freedom issue.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1349: Various Tax Matters
Summary: Eliminates the double direct test for the gross retail tax exemption for various transactions involving various types of tangible personal property. Specifies that the exemption applies if the tangible personal property is acquired for direct use or consumption in the production of tangible personal property when the person acquiring the property is occupationally engaged in the business of producing tangible personal property. Eliminates various adjustments to income for purposes of determining Indiana adjusted gross income. Eliminates various income tax exemptions, deductions, and credits.
AFP Position: Support
Reason:
Reduces the complexity in the tax code by removing tax credits which ultimately benefit a small number of people at the cost of others. AFP-IN supports a simpler tax code with lower rates for a broader base of taxpayers.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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HB 1351: Restrictions on rulemaking
Summary:
Voids state administrative rules, guidelines, and other policies or standards that are not specifically authorized by state statue or do not implement a federal requirement. Establishes the office of regulatory accountability in the legislative services agency to review administrative rules for compliance with regulatory goals specified by the general assembly.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: This is an important measure to protect Indiana taxpayers from excessive regulatory rulemaking.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1368: Uniform municipal food and beverage tax
Summary:
Authorizes a municipal legislative body to impose by ordinance a municipal food and beverage tax. Provides that the tax may not exceed 1% of the gross retail income received from retail food and beverage transactions. Provides that the tax does not apply to a transaction that is exempt from the sales tax. Provides that the tax does not apply to a consolidated city, a municipality that has imposed a food and beverage tax under current law, or a municipality that is receiving county food and beverage tax revenue.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Taxpayers across our state already pay one of the highest sales tax rates in the country. Allowing municipalities across our state impose up to an additional 1% on food and beverage purchases could have devastating impacts.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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HB 1375: Hearing aid assistance program
Summary:
Appropriates $2,250,000 to the hearing aid fund to provide money for the hearing aid assistance program.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Taxpayers should not subsidize the purchases of hearing aid products.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1415: Transfers of surplus military equipment
Summary:
Prohibits certain law enforcement agencies from receiving firearms, ammunition, and armored military vehicles under a surplus military equipment program of the federal government.
AFP Position: Support 
Reason: Local units acquiring unnecessary equipment can add some significant costs to taxpayers over time through maintenance, storage, etc. This bill would limit that practice.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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HB 1425: Court fees
Summary:
Increases the automated record keeping fee collected after June 30, 2015, from $5 to $9. Provides that 100% of the automated record keeping fee is distributed to the auditor of state for deposit in the state user fee fund. Increases the document storage fee from $2 to $4. Makes technical corrections and conforming amendments.
AFP Position: Oppose- monitoring 
Reason:
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HB 1465: Intern eligibility for unemployment benefits
Summary:
Provides that “employment”, for purposes of unemployment benefits, does not include service by an individual during an internship with a duration of not more than 90 days.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: An important clarification to protect Hoosier businesses and taxpayers from paying unemployment benefits to interns.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1481: Public retirement plans
Summary:
Provides that after December 31, 2015, an eligible employee of the state becomes a member of the public employees’ defined contribution plan (plan). Provides that an eligible employee of a political subdivision that participates in the plan becomes a member of the plan. Provides that after December 31, 2015, a political subdivision may not begin or expand participation in the public employees’ retirement fund. Provides that the employer of an individual who is a member of the plan shall match the individual’s contribution to the plan to a limit of 7.5% of the individual’s compensation. Grants cost of living adjustments in 2015 and 2016 for certain members of the: (1) public employees’ retirement fund; (2) Indiana state teachers’ retirement fund; (3) state police pre-1987 benefit system; and (4) state police 1987 benefit system.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: State pensions are a huge liability for taxpayers. HB 1481 makes reforms that will reduce the burden for Hoosier taxpayers.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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HB 1485: Local option income taxes
Summary:
Replaces the county adjusted gross income tax, the county option income tax, and the county economic development income tax with a local income tax. Provides for the introduction of legislation in the 2016 legislative session to make related amendments to implement the local income tax.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: This is a common sense measure to bring some transparency and clarity to local income taxes. Streamlining these as much as possible is in the service of taxpayers.
Bill Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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HB 1610: Publication of notice
Summary:
Requires, beginning July 1, 2016, a public entity to publish notice of certain events on the public entity’s Internet web site. Provides that a public entity may publish notice of an event in any other publication in addition to publishing notice on the public entity’s Internet web site. Provides that certain statutes relating to giving notice expire July 1, 2016. Reorganizes certain other statutes relating to the giving of notice by a public entity. Requires the legislative services agency to prepare legislation for introduction in the 2016 regular session of the general assembly to make appropriate changes Publication of notice. Requires, beginning July 1, 2016, a public entity to publish notice of certain events on the public entity’s Internet web site. Provides that a public entity may publish notice of an event in any other publication in addition to publishing notice on the public entity’s Internet web site. Provides that certain statutes relating to giving notice expire July 1, 2016. Reorganizes certain other statutes relating to the giving of notice by a public entity. Requires the legislative services agency to prepare legislation for introduction in the 2016 regular session of the general assembly to make appropriate changes in statutes as required by the new statutes relating to publication of notice.
AFP Position: Support
Reason:
AFP IN fully supports government transparency, and while some may worry about the costs associated with having to post public notices online, it appears from the fiscal note that those costs would be minimal, if anything, while the potential for taxpayer savings is real by the reduction in newspaper and other advertising.
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 Senate Bills

SB 21: Media production expenditure tax credit
Summary: Reestablishes the media production expenditure tax credit (which expired in 2012), with certain changes.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason:
 Media tax credits have proven again and again to not be a good deal for taxpayers. Rather, they are a tax handout to special interests.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 25: Aircraft license excise tax
Summary: Eliminates the provision in current law that automatically reclassifies an aircraft in an aircraft dealer’s inventory from the status of “aircraft inventory” to the status of “property of a nondealer” after the aircraft dealer has held the aircraft in inventory for 18 months.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Removes a burdensome and unnecessary tax for aircraft dealers.
Status: Passed Senate; Referred to House

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SB 26: Coverage of prescription eye drops
Summary: Requires that certain state employee health plans, policies of accident and sickness insurance, and health maintenance organization contracts must cover refills and additional units of prescription eye drops under specified conditions.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason:
 Creates an additional cost of the taxpayers when state employees should be bearing these costs.
Status: Passed Senate; Referred to House

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SB 34: State police pension fund trustee
Summary: Provides that, after June 30, 2015, the trustee of the state police pension trust and the state police benefit fund is the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Further streamlines the management and service of the public employee retirement system.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 41: Minimum wage
Summary: Increases the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Government involvement in setting minimum wages have proven to have disastrous consequences for those its intended to help.  Increasing the minimum wage will cost Indianan’s jobs and prevent many of those without skills from obtaining them and increasing their value.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 43: Availability of funds to recycling board
Summary: Provides that the Indiana recycling market development board (board) may make a loan or a grant from the recycling promotion and assistance fund (fund) without the approval of the governor and the budget agency if: (1) the board provides notice in writing to the governor and the budget agency of the board’s intention to make the loan or grant; and (2) the governor and the budget agency do not inform the board in writing of their disapproval of the proposed loan or grant within 60 days after being provided notice of the proposed loan or grant. Provides that the board, without the approval of the governor and the budget agency, may in each state fiscal year make loans and grants from the fund in a total amount not greater than 10% of the balance in the fund on the first day of the state fiscal year.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason:  Loans made to the recycling board should go through the governor and budget agency. This will prevent unnecessary loans and undue burden on taxpayers.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 51: Payment of monthly pension benefits
Summary: Provides that members and beneficiaries of any public pension fund administered by the Indiana public retirement system may receive monthly benefits only by direct deposit or another method approved by the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system. Repeals a similar but more narrowly applicable section concerning methods of paying monthly benefits to members and beneficiaries of the public employees’ retirement fund and the teachers’ retirement fund.
AFP Position: Support
Reason:  Reduces the cost of administrating payment from the pension fund and decreases the potential for errors.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 52: State response to federal environmental policies
Summary: Establishes the federal natural resource policy account for influencing, litigating, or mitigating federal natural resource policy decisions. Specifies the permitted uses of the account. Requires annual reporting on the use of the account. Appropriates $1,000,000 to the account.
AFP Position: Support  
Reason:
 Protects Indiana’s state rights to direct their natural resource policy from federal government overreach.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 53: Approval of annexation agreements
Summary: Establishes requirements for an annexation agreement that is executed and recorded after June 30, 2015. Requires that the agreement must be signed by: (1) the owners of real property who are parties to the agreement; or (2) a representative appointed from among the owners of real property who are parties to the agreement
AFP Position: Support  
Reason:
  Protects property rights of those undergoing the process of annexation.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 118: Property tax appeals
Summary: Provides that affected taxing units are entitled to notice of a property tax assessment appeal.
AFP Position: Support
Reason:  Provides additional information to taxpayers.
Status: Passed Senate; Referred to House

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SB 121: Tax credit for volunteer firefighters and EMTs
Summary: Provides that an individual who is an active volunteer firefighter or an active volunteer emergency medical technician, and who participates in at least 33% of a department’s combined total of emergency responses and training sessions during the year, is entitled to a credit of $2,000 against the individual’s adjusted gross income tax liability each taxable year. Provides that confirmation of an individual’s service for purposes of the credit must be affirmed under penalties of perjury by the chief of the volunteer fire department.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Creates an additional cost on taxpayers which is unlikely to encourage more volunteer firefighters or EMT’s.
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tatus: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 160: Minimum wage for certain Indiana employees
Summary: After: (1) June 30, 2015, increases the minimum wage paid to certain employees in Indiana from $7.25 to $8.50; and (2) June 30, 2016, increases the minimum wage paid to certain employees in Indiana from $8.50 to $10; an hour. Makes technical corrections and corresponding changes. Removes outdated language.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Increases the cost to Indiana taxpayers for public employees.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 162: Economic development incentive accountability
Summary: Adds various job and employee definitions to the Indiana economic development corporation (IEDC) laws. Requires that all records related to taxpayer funded economic development incentives must be disclosed under the open records law. Requires that the IEDC’s annual job creation incentives and compliance report must be published on the Indiana transparency portal Internet web site. Requires the IEDC and the department of state revenue to compile information on all job creation incentives granted, including the total amount of uncollected or diverted state tax revenues resulting from each incentive, and requires that this information must be included as part of the IEDC’s annual job creation incentives and compliance report.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Creates transparency for taxpayers on the effectiveness of tax credits given out by the state of Indiana. Also adds taxpayer protection to tax credits.
Status:
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SB 178: Nuclear energy projects
Summary: Provides that projects involving the construction of nuclear energy production or generating facilities qualify for the financial incentives available for clean energy projects. (Current law provides that only projects involving the life cycle management of such facilities qualify for the incentives.) For purposes of the statute governing the incentives, amends the definition of: (1) “nuclear energy production or generating facility” to include a facility constructed in Indiana after June 30, 2015; and (2) “qualified utility system expenses” to specify that the term includes preconstruction costs and applies to a new energy production or generating facility or a new nuclear energy production or generating facility.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Expands the use of tax incentives creating an additional burden on Indiana taxpayers.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 198: Repeal common construction wage statute
Summary: Repeals the common construction wage statute. Repeals related statutes superseded by the repeal of the common construction wage statute. Makes conforming amendments.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Expands the free market and potentially can greatly lower the cost for taxpayers on public construction projects.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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SB 203: Applicability of Federal Law in Indiana
Summary: Applicability of federal law in Indiana. Provides that any act, decree, injunction, law, opinion, order, rule, regulation, or statute of any branch of the federal government found by the general assembly to be inconsistent with the power granted to the federal government in the Constitution of the United States is void in Indiana. Provides that a resident of Indiana has a cause of action to enjoin the enforcement or implementation or the attempted enforcement or implementation of a federal act, decree, injunction, law, opinion, order, rule, regulation, or statute declared void by the general assembly. Provides that a plaintiff who prevails in such an action is entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. Removes a statement that the common law of England and certain statutes of the British Parliament are governing Indiana law. Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally implements or enforces, or attempts to implement or enforce, a federal law that is declared void by the general assembly commits a Level 6 felony.
AFP Position: Support
Reason:
This bill provides that acts, decrees, laws, etc. issued by the Federal Government and found by the state’s general assembly to be inconsistent with Constitutional restrictions on federal power are void in Indiana.
Status: Referred to Rules Committee

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SB 213: Legislative business per diems
Summary: Provides a greater legislative business per diem amount for legislators who reside more than 50 miles from the state capitol building.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: This bill is nothing more than a raise for certain legislators at the expense of the taxpayers.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 231: Lobbying expenses of political subdivisions
Summary: Provides that a lobbyist may not engage in lobbying that is paid for, in whole or in part, from money derived from the revenues of a political subdivision. Provides that a political subdivision may not pay any money received by the political subdivision for lobbying. Provides that this prohibition does not apply to lobbying activities engaged in by a public employee of a political subdivision or a public official of a political subdivision for that political subdivision.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Americans for Prosperity opposes taxpayer funded lobbying. SB 231 would limit public dollars from being used in this manner.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 234: School employee union dues
Summary: Allows a school employer to deduct union dues from a school employee’s salary at the request of the school employee. (Current law requires a school employer to deduct union dues from a school employee’s salary at the request of the school employee.)
AFP Position: Support
Reason:  Changes current law from a “shall” deduct union dues to a “may.” This would allow schools to make the decision whether or not to deduct union dues from teachers’ paychecks directly or to use the administrative savings for the betterment of the school.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 252: Use of breed development funds to promote horse racing
Summary: Requires the Indiana horse racing commission (IHRC) to promote the horse racing industry in Indiana. Provides that promotional costs may be paid from the breed development funds. Increases the amount of money in the breed development funds that may be used for IHRC expenses from 2% to 4%. Provides that not more than 50% of that amount may be used to pay costs incurred to promote the Indiana horse racing industry. Requires the IHRC to annually report and account for its promotional actions and expenditures.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason:  Taxpayers should not be subsidizing the horse racing industry in Indiana.  Funds should not be going to special interests such as this but rather general projects and education.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 258: Tax deduction for Ohio River bridge tolls
Summary: Provides an income tax deduction to qualified individuals who pay tolls to cross certain Ohio River bridges. Provides that a qualified individual is an individual who resides in Clark County or Floyd County and incurs at least $100 in non-reimbursed toll expenses to cross the Ohio River bridges in Clark County or Floyd County. Provides that the amount of the tax deduction may not exceed the lesser of: (1) the amount of non-reimbursed tolls paid by the qualified individual during the taxable year; or (2) $500.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason:  Taxpayers shouldn’t have to subsidize individuals who use Ohio River bridges. This is benefiting one group of citizens over another.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 260: Small employer wellness program tax credits
Summary: Extends the income tax credit for small employers that provide a qualified wellness program for their employees. Provides that the credit may be claimed for costs incurred in 2012 through 2015. (Current law provides that costs incurred after 2011 are not eligible for the credit.) Allows the credit to be carried forward through 2019.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason:  This is yet another example of tax credits which benefit one group of individual’s over the taxpayers. Businesses should not be favored especially at the expense of the taxpayer.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 316: Clark County tax increment financing study
Summary: Establishes the Clark County tax increment financing study commission (commission). Requires the commission to: (1) study the structure and operation of each existing tax increment financing district in Clark County; (2) make recommendations for best practices concerning tax increment financing methods that ensure that all units of local government that are affected by the establishment of a tax increment financing district have meaningful input in the approval process; and (3) make recommendations for the development of a comprehensive land use and thoroughfare plan for Clark County that is transparent and practical. Provides that the commission consists of the following members: (1) One member from each authorizing body that has authorized at least one existing tax increment financing district in Clark County, as selected by the authorizing body for the tax increment financing district. (2) Three members selected by the Clark County fiscal body. (3) One member selected by the Clark County auditor. (4) One individual selected by the One Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Requires the commission to prepare a final report and present the report at a public meeting.
AFP Position: Support
Reason:  Provides transparency and potential savings for the taxpayers and citizens of Clark County. Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 322: Fresh food initiative
Summary: Establishes the food desert grant program within the division of nutrition and physical activity to assist new businesses and existing businesses to offer fresh and unprocessed foods within a food desert. Makes an appropriation.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason:  It is not the job of the State Government to provide taxpayer dollars for tax incentives for private businesses.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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SB 328: Medicare Supplement for State Employees
Summary: Medicare supplement for state employees. Requires the state department of personnel to make available to certain state employees a group Medicare supplement insurance policy. Requires the state to pay a percentage of the group Medicare supplement policy premium equal to the average percentage paid for self-insured health coverage for active employees.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: This bill would require state department personnel to make group Medicare supplement insurance policies available to certain state employees, and require the state pay a percentage of the groups Medicare supplement policy premiums.
Summary: Referred to Health and Provider Services

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SB 346: Expenditure and transfer of CEDIT funds
Summary: Provides that the executive of a county or municipality may not transfer money that has been deposited in the county or municipal economic development income tax fund unless the transfer is approved by resolution or ordinance of the county or municipal fiscal body. Specifies that county economic development income tax (CEDIT) revenue may not be expended for a purpose listed in a capital improvement plan or for any other purpose unless the county or municipal fiscal body has appropriated the money for the specific expenditure or the specific capital improvement as a separate line item.
AFP Position: Support
Reason:  Protects taxpayer dollars for being used on wasteful projects by requiring another layer of approval for spending funding on economic development credits.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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SB 348: Advanced Technology Vehicles
Summary:
Advanced technology vehicles. Imposes an annual fee on advanced technology vehicles. Deposits the fees in the motor vehicle highway account.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: Would impose new annuals fees on advanced technology vehicles. Simply another fee on business, with the revenue gong to the motor vehicle highway fund.
Status: Referred to Homeland Security and Transportation

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SB 378: Renewable energy standards
Summary: Requires an electricity supplier to supply a certain percentage of its total electricity supply from renewable energy resources. Establishes the renewable energy resources fund to receive penalties paid by electricity suppliers that fail to supply electricity from renewable energy resources. Continuously appropriates money in the fund. Requires the utility regulatory commission to adopt guidelines to assist electricity suppliers that participated in the CEPS program in complying with the new renewable energy standards. Repeals IC 8-1-37 (voluntary clean energy portfolio standard (CEPS) program).
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason:  Renewable energy standards increase costs for all consumers. By mandating switching from cheaper traditional energy sources to more expensive renewable sources prices will undoubtedly increase.  This will hurt struggling Indiana families the most since they spend the greatest percentage of their income on energy.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 379: Public transportation corporations
Summary: Allows the legislative body of Monroe County and the Bloomington public transportation corporation (corporation) to expand the corporation’s service area to include the entire county by adopting substantially identical ordinances. Allows the fiscal body of Monroe County to adopt an ordinance to impose a county economic development income tax rate to fund the expansion. Provides that the rate must be at least 0.1% but not more than 0.25%.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason:  This bill would increase taxes on hard working families who are still struggling to recover from the economic recession.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 384: Taxation of electronic cigarettes
Summary: Imposes a tax on electronic cigarettes at a rate of $0.0083 per milligram of nicotine per one milliliter of consumable product. Deposits the revenue from the tax in the state general fund.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason:  E Cigarettes have proved to be an effective measure to help those attempting to quit smoking. Rather than discouraging their use in an attempt to grow the coffers; the state government should let the free market work to help those quit smoking.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 417: Indiana health exchange
Summary: Establishes the Indiana health exchange. Requires the commissioner of the department of insurance to design, implement, and administer the Indiana health exchange in accordance with federal law. Specifies certain exchange related requirements, including financial requirements and health plan certification requirements.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason:  States that have established healthcare exchanges have found them to be expensive and often unable to work. This has cost taxpayers billions of dollars with little to show in the ways of results. Rather than creating another failed exchange, Indiana should continue to rely on the federal healthcare exchange. AFP also believes in the repeal of Obamacare and will continue to encourage an end to the Presidents failed healthcare law.
 Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 436: State and local taxation
Summary: Provides that if a taxpayer has personal property subject to assessment in more than one township in a county or has personal property that is subject to assessment and that is located in two or more taxing districts within the same township, the taxpayer shall file a single tax return with the county assessor. Provides a property tax exemption for taxpayers with less than $20,000 of total business personal property in a county. Removes the requirement in current law that such an exemption is effective in a county only if adopted by the county income tax council. Provides that the 30% valuation floor does not apply to Pool 3 equipment and Pool 4 equipment for property tax assessment purposes.
AFP Position: Support
Reason:  Simplifies the tax system for personal property decreasing compliance costs for taxpayers. Furthermore, it essentially eliminates the personal property tax for those with less than $20,000 of total business personal property.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 441: Eliminates certain tax deductions and credits
Summary: Eliminates the World War I veteran property tax deduction for property taxes imposed for an assessment date after 2015. Eliminates the enterprise zone investment deduction for qualified investments made after May 1, 2016. Eliminates the double direct test for the gross retail tax exemption for various transactions involving various types of tangible personal property. Specifies that the exemption applies if the tangible personal property is acquired for direct use or consumption in the production of tangible personal property when the person acquiring the property is occupationally engaged in the business of producing tangible personal property. Eliminates various add backs for purposes of determining Indiana adjusted gross income. Provides that business income is all income apportionable to the state under the Constitution of the United States. Eliminates various income tax deductions and exemptions. Broadens the add back to Indiana adjusted gross income related to intercompany interest expenses. Eliminates various income tax credits. Provides for a tax amnesty program. Makes technical corrections and conforming amendments.
AFP Position: Support
Reason:  Eliminates a number of unneeded and costly tax credits. This will save taxpayers money and see that funds are spent on projects for the general good as opposed to special interests.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 477: Business development closing fund
Summary: Establishes the business development closing fund (fund) to provide incentives in the form of forgivable loans to be used to attract new business and economic development to Indiana and encourage expansion of existing business in Indiana. Provides that if the amount of excess reserves is more than $200 million, then up to $100 million of the excess reserves that exceed $200 million shall be transferred to the fund. Provides that the Indiana economic development corporation (IEDC) administers the fund.
AFP Position: Oppose
Reason: State government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers in the marketplace with public tax dollars.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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SB 478: Public Transportation Corporation Fund
Summary: Transportation funding. Provides that a redevelopment commission of a municipality may provide revenue to a public transportation corporation from property tax proceeds allocated to the redevelopment commission in a tax increment financing area.
AFP Position: Oppose

Reason: Would allow property tax proceeds may be provided to “a public transportation corporation fund” as opposed to funding the fund through transportation related revenue.
Status: Passed Committee

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SB 492: Various pension matters
Summary: Provides that an individual who is a first time full-time employee of the state or a participating political subdivision after June 30, 2015, becomes a member of the public employees’ defined contribution plan unless the individual makes an explicit election to become a member of the public employees’ retirement fund (PERF). (This reverses the presumption under current law.) Provides that a political subdivision may participate in the public employees’ defined contribution plan.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Correctly places first-time public employees into a defined contribution plan unless they express otherwise. This practice will save taxpayer dollars.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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SB 560: Property Taxes and Sales and Use Taxes
Summary: Property taxes and sales and use taxes. Eliminates property taxes on primary residences (homesteads) and business personal property. Decreases the state sales and use tax rate from 7% to 5.5%. Provides that the sales and use tax applies to transactions involving services, except for legal services, health or mental health services (including insurance premiums for policies covering these services), and services provided for charitable tax exempt purposes. Deposits the increased sales and use tax revenue in the state general fund. Provides an annual state distribution to offset the property tax elimination for homesteads and business personal property based on the amount of property taxes that otherwise would be due on these homesteads and business personal property. Prohibits changes in homestead and business personal property tax deductions, credits, and abatements that were in effect December 31, 2014. Increases the maximum renter’s deduction for income tax purposes from $3,000 to $8,000 per taxable year. Makes conforming changes. Makes technical corrections. Makes an ongoing appropriation
AFP Position: Support
Reason:
This bill would eliminate property taxes on primary residences and business personal property; decrease the state sales and use tax rate from 7% to 5.5%; and prohibits changes in homestead and business personal property tax deductions, credits, and abatements that were in effect December 31, 2014. Also increases the maximum renter’s deduction for income tax purposes from $3,000 to $8,000 per year.
Status: Referred to Tax and Fiscal Policy

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SB 567: Redevelopment commissions and authorities
Summary: Requires a redevelopment commission or redevelopment authority to hold an organizational meeting on a day in January that is not a Saturday, a Sunday, or a legal holiday and that is their first meeting day of the year. Requires the treasurer of a redevelopment commission to report annually to the redevelopment commission before March 1 (rather than reporting to the fiscal body of the unit before July 1, under current law).
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Provides greater transparency and information for taxpayers concerning redevelopment commissions.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.

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SB 569: The Reliable, Affordable, and Safe Power Act
Summary: Provides that, in response to the federal Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan regulatory activity: (1) the governor and attorney general shall take appropriate steps to protect the state’s sovereignty and police power authority in light of the designed federalism under the federal Clean Air Act; (2) the department of environmental management may examine the implications of preparing and implementing proposed regulations, but may not prepare or implement a state implementation plan until completion of judicial review concerning the legality of regulations under the federal Clean Air Act for existing power plants has been fully resolved at law.
AFP Position: Support
Reason: Protects Hoosiers taxpayers and Indiana energy businesses from the EPA’s regulatory overreach until all issues are resolved legally.
Status: Introduced and assigned to committee.
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