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SB 285: “Any Means Necessary”

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:56:49 +0000

Sen. Tomes (800-382-9467) has introduced SB 285 which commands local officials to “use any means necessary” to clear roads of protestors who block traffic for more than 15 minutes. If he were really serious about law and order, he’d add a provision to the Indiana Tort Claims Act immunizing the officials involved with clearing the […]

HB 1438 – Syringe Exchange Programs

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:33:07 +0000

Rep. Kirchhofer (a href=”tel:1-800-382-9841″>1-800-382-9841) has introduced HB 1438 which would make syringe exchange programs somewhat easier to implement by local government. Currently after a local health official declares a health emergency that would be helped by a needle exchange program, the County executive or legislative body of a municipality holds a public hearing and, if […]

HB 1240 – Garnishment of Once and Future Employees

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:33:07 +0000

Rep. Hamm (1-800-382-9841) has introduced HB 1240 concerning garnishments. Currently if a judgment creditor gets a garnishment order against a debtor’s wages with a particular employer, it remains in place until the judgment is satisfied. If the employee leaves the place of employment, there will be no wages to garnish, but the order remains in […]

HB 1228 – Vouchers for Underperforming Schools

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:59:55 +0000

Rep. Candelaria Reardon (1-800-382-9842) has introduced HB 1228 which is an interesting proposal that I don’t see getting a hearing. It says that, if a voucher school gets a lower performance grade than the public school in which a student lives, then the student can’t use the voucher at the voucher school. If the kid was […]

R.I.P. Gene Cernan

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:12:03 +0000

I remember in the late 80s, when I lived in Richmond, there was a considerable amount of hand wringing about how to repair the G Street Bridge over the Whitewater River. I asked my dad how it was that we were able to ever build these bridges if we were unable to even repair them […]

About Selling Health Insurance Over State Lines

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:50:12 +0000

One popular conservative response to the call for a health care plan is to talk about allowing health insurance to sell policies across state lines. They respond with this item because, I think, they by-and-large like the idea, and it gives them something to talk about when the question comes up. Providing health care is […]

That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 02:21:50 +0000

Rep. Judy has introduced HB 1127 (317-232-9619). It purports to nullify all regulations of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The bill preemptively starts with some 10th Amendment gobbledy-gook, then declares all regulations passed by the EPA are void in Indiana. So, according to this statute, Congress has no authority to adopt, say, the Clean Water Act under […]

HB 1272: Local Government Publication of Notices

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:00:05 +0000

Rep. Negele (800-382-9841) has introduced HB 1272 concerning the situation where publication in a local paper is required but the paper fails to actually follow through with a requested publication. Under the proposed legislation, the local governmental entity could still proceed if it posts printed notice in three prominent places in the political subdivision or […]

HB 1160: Study of Tax Court Effectiveness

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:30:21 +0000

Rep. Cherry (800-382-9841 has introduced HB 1160 concerning a study of the effectiveness of the Tax Court. It urges the legislative council to assign a summer study committee to review the jurisdiction and role of the tax court, the size of the tax court and its staff, the operations of the tax court, the caseload […]

SB 293: Certification of Service Animal’s Good Health

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:25:07 +0000

Sen. Leising (317-232-9400) has introduced SB 293 concerning certification of a service animal’s good health. Currently state law requires public accommodations to permit service animals to enter without requiring an extra fee. The proposed amendment would restrict that to “certified” service animals. The only thing necessary for certification under this proposed legislation is that the […]