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Bill Watch, Jan. 10, 2020: Current Government Practice Legislation of Note - Government Practice News

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Posted on: Jan 14, 2020

The IndyBar Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following government practice related legislation. IndyBar members can request that the Legislative Committee track specific legislation by contacting committee chair Mindy Westrick at mwestrick@indianaenergy.org.

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HB1005    HEALTH AND INSURANCE MATTERS. (SCHAIBLEY D) Requires the governing board of a nonprofit hospital to hold public semiannual meetings concerning health care services pricing and measures the hospital is taking to make health services more affordable. Provides that a facility is an off-campus location of a hospital if: (1) the operations of the facility are directly or indirectly owned or controlled by, or affiliated with, the hospital; (2) the facility provides services that are organizationally and functionally integrated with the services of the hospital; and (3) the facility provides preventive services, diagnostic services, treatment services, or emergency services. Requires an off-campus location of a hospital to apply for, obtain, and use on all claims for reimbursement or payment a national provider identifier separate and distinct from the national provider identifier of the hospital of which it is an off-campus location. Requires hospitals and ambulatory surgical outpatient centers to post certain health care services pricing information by billing code on the hospital's Internet web site and sets forth requirements. Requires: (1) a provider facility (including a hospital) in which a nonemergency health care service will be performed; or (2) a practitioner (including a physician) who will perform a nonemergency health care service; upon request from the individual for whom the nonemergency health care service has been ordered, to provide a good faith estimate of the charge for the nonemergency health care service not more than 72 hours after receiving the individual's request. Requires a health carrier (including an insurer or a health maintenance organization) to provide to an individual who is entitled to coverage from the health carrier, not more than 24 hours after the individual requests the information, a good faith estimate of: (1) the amount of the cost of the nonemergency health care service that the health carrier will pay for or reimburse to the covered individual; or (2) the extent and nature of the ordered nonemergency health care service a covered individual is entitled to receive. Requires the department of insurance to submit a request for information and a request for proposal concerning the establishment and implementation of an all payer claims data base and sets forth requirements. Provides that if a health carrier provides coverage to the individual through a network plan, the health carrier shall inform the individual whether the provider facility in which the nonemergency health care service will be provided and the practitioners who will provide the nonemergency health care service are included in the health carrier's network plan. Requires provider facilities and practitioners to post signs in waiting rooms and offices and to provide Internet web site notices about the availability of estimates of the amount the patient will be charged for medical services. Requires health carriers to provide Internet web site notices about the availability of good faith estimates of coverage for nonemergency health care services. Provides penalties for noncompliance by provider facilities, practitioners, and health carriers. Requires an insurance producer to disclose commission information. Prohibits health provider contracts from including provisions that prohibit the disclosure of health care service claims data to employers providing the health coverage and makes a violation an unfair and deceptive act.

HB1012    REPEAL OF HOUSING RESTRICTION ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT. (CHYUNG C) Repeals a statute that prohibits a county, city, town, or township from requiring a landlord to participate in a federal Section 8 housing assistance program or similar housing program.

HB1013    DISPOSAL OF PROPERTY ACQUIRED BY TAX DEFAULT. (SAUNDERS T) Requires a political subdivision to offer to sell or transfer real property acquired by tax default to an abutting landowner.

HB1014    PLAN COMMISSIONS. (SAUNDERS T) Provides that, for purposes of the advisory planning law, the county surveyor's designee must be a resident of the county to serve on the county plan commission. Provides that a member appointed to a plan commission to fill a vacancy or to serve as an alternate member must meet the same requirements, including residency requirements, as a regular member of the plan commission.

HB1027    TOWNSHIP ASSESSORS. (ENGLEMAN K) Abolishes the office of township assessor, effective January 1, 2023. Transfers the duties of the township assessor to the county assessor of the county in which the township is located. Provides that if the office of township assessor becomes vacant before January 1, 2023, the office is abolished and the duties of the township assessor are transferred to the county assessor.

HB1031    THE LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE. (MILLER D) Provides that the public of Indiana has a vested right to engage in recreational activities: (1) from the water's edge of Lake Michigan to the natural ordinary high water mark, unless the natural ordinary high water mark is farther inland than the boundary of a private property; and (2) if the natural ordinary high water mark is farther inland than the boundary of a private property, from the water's edge: (A) to five feet beyond the point where the sand on the shore is visibly wet from the water of Lake Michigan; or (B) if the boundary of the private property is less than five feet beyond the point where the sand on the shore is visibly wet from the water of Lake Michigan, to the boundary of the private property. Provides that the State of Indiana recognizes the existence of private property below the natural ordinary high water mark of Lake Michigan where the legal description of a private property in the most recent deed recorded in the county recorder's office indicates that the private property extends below the natural ordinary high water mark. Provides that where a private property extends below the natural ordinary high water mark, the State of Indiana relinquishes its ownership of the shore of Lake Michigan with respect to the part of the private property extending below the natural ordinary high water mark. Provides that "recreational activities" includes walking, jogging, and other activities in which the participants occupy a space on the beach only temporarily, but does not include lying on the beach, camping, and other non-transient activities. Provides that: (1) the natural resources commission (commission) has exclusive authority to establish standards for approval of; and (2) the department of natural resources has exclusive authority to determine whether to approve; the placement of a seawall or other permanent structure on or within the natural ordinary high water mark of Lake Michigan. Provides that a county, city, or town has no authority to regulate the construction or maintenance of seawalls and other permanent structures in or near Lake Michigan. Authorizes an owner of a private property located adjacent to Lake Michigan to remove sand that has accumulated on or near the private property and to remove unwanted vegetation from the beach on or near the private property according to rules or guidelines of the commission. Provides that the owner of a private property that is adjacent to Lake Michigan does not incur liability for an injury to an individual or damage to property: (1) that occurs when an individual is crossing the private property to enter, or upon leaving, the span of the beach in which the public has a vested right to engage in recreational activities; and (2) that is caused by an act or omission of the owner, except for an act of the owner constituting intentional misconduct.

HB1055    CIVIL GOVERNMENT PROPERTY TAX CONTROLS. (THOMPSON J) Provides that for years after 2020 an assessed value growth quotient is determined individually for each taxing unit. Provides that the assessed value growth quotient for a taxing unit is determined by a formula that is based on: (1) the average growth in the taxing unit's net assessed value; and (2) the average circuit breaker losses experienced by a taxing unit. Eliminates Indiana nonfarm personal income as a factor in computing an assessed value growth quotient.

HB1061    SUBDIVIDING LAND. (ELLINGTON J) Allows a property owner to subdivide a parcel by deed, if the parcel is being subdivided to build or expand a residential structure or home, the use is a permitted use, the deed is recorded, a plat drawing is submitted to the political subdivision, and the lot is served by a permitted septic system, sewer system, or package plant for sewage treatment. Provides that if the subdivision control ordinance applies to the subdivision of the parcel, the subdivision of the parcel must comply with the ordinance except for requirements regarding lot size.

HB1065    VARIOUS TAX MATTERS. (THOMPSON J) Provides that a property taxpayer who receives a credit for excessive taxes is entitled to an additional deduction from assessed value in an amount sufficient to make the product of the net assessed value, the taxing district tax rate (before adjustment), and a factor involving the applicable local income property tax credit percentage equal to the gross assessed value multiplied by the tax cap rate for the underlying class of property. Provides that a township fire protection and emergency services area that experiences more than 6% population growth during a 10 year period may increase its maximum fire protection and emergency services property tax levy for 2021 or any year thereafter by an amount based on the population growth that exceeds 6%. Provides, however, that the township may not increase the tax levy based on the population growth by a total rate of more than 0.10 per $100 of the net assessed value of the fire protection and emergency services area within a 10 year period. Authorizes the fiscal body of a township to adopt a resolution to place a township fire protection services referendum tax levy on the ballot. Provides that the referendum tax levy is excluded in calculating tax credits for purposes of the property tax caps. Requires the money received from the referendum tax levy to be deposited in the township's firefighting fund. Revises the voting procedures for a local income tax council. Provides that a local income tax council must vote as a whole to exercise its authority. (Under current law, the fiscal body of the county, city, or town that is a member of the local income tax council casts its vote as a bloc.) Phases in a new distribution formula for certain local income tax (LIT) revenue using a weighted combination of property tax levies and residential assessed value for taxing units receiving this LIT revenue. Phases in the weights over five years beginning in 2022. Retroactively amends local income tax provisions that authorize Monroe County and Howard County to impose a special purpose rate to fund operation and maintenance of a juvenile detention center to remove provisions referring to property tax credits that were inadvertently included in those special purpose rate provisions when the local income tax law was enacted. Provides that, if a township passes a local public question on whether the county in which the township is located should be required to fund and carry out a public transportation project under the central Indiana public transportation projects statute, the township board shall adopt a resolution to impose a special local income tax rate on the local taxpayers residing in the township, instead of the fiscal body of the county.

HB1085    DELINQUENT SEWER FEES. (PRESSEL J) Provides that in the case of real property for which municipal sewer fees become 60 days delinquent after June 30, 2020, regardless of whether the property is occupied by someone other than the owner, a lien attaches to the real property only if the municipal utility provides notice of the delinquency to: (1) the owner of the property; and (2) any first lien mortgage holder of record; not later than 20 days after the time the fees become 60 days delinquent.

HB1104    HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY. (CLERE E) Repeals the laws governing the microenterprise partnership program fund and microenterprise partnership program. Requires the governing body of an eligible entity to notify the Indiana housing and community development authority of the creation of an affordable housing fund. Replaces the member of the low income housing trust fund advisory committee appointed by and representing the Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development with one member appointed by and representing the Indiana housing and community development authority.

HB1113    DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE. (LEONARD D) Changes the deadline for reporting bonds issued or leases executed after September 30. Changes the defined term "assessed value growth quotient" to the term "maximum levy growth quotient" without changing the definition. Allows the department of local government finance (DLGF) to amend certain rules to conform with statutory changes. Changes the deadline before which a township or county assessor must provide notice of the amount of assessment or reassessment. Requires counties to provide data related to property taxation to the DLGF. (Current law requires counties to provide the data to the DLGF and the legislative services agency.) Defines the term "yard improvements" in connection with the assessment of a golf course. Eliminates unnecessary information from the sales disclosure form. Changes the term "industrial facility" in the statutes concerned with the assessment of industrial facilities. Prohibits township assessors and vendors who contract with county assessors or townships from assessing industrial facilities in Lake County. Establishes floating deadlines for assessing officials or the county property tax board of appeals to act when making changes in the assessed value of personal property or issuing a determination in an appeal of a change in assessed value of personal property. Changes the debt service obligation reporting date. Provides that a political subdivision shall submit the date, time, and place of the final adoption of the budget, tax rate, and levy through the department's computer gateway. Requires a political subdivision to indicate on its budget ordinance whether the political subdivision intends to issue debt after December 1 or file a shortfall appeal. Requires a political subdivision that makes an additional unbudgeted appropriation to submit the additional appropriation to the department within 15 days after the additional appropriation is adopted. Provides that a county treasurer shall transmit the statement describing a taxpayer's property tax liability and the notice of assessment together to the taxpayer before April 15 each year. Eliminates the use of the state address confidentiality form to submit a request to restrict access to a covered person's address maintained in a public property data base. Provides that if a taxpayer is owed a refund that exceeds $100,000 for excessive property taxes paid on real property, a county auditor may pay the property tax refund in equal installments of property tax credits for up to five years. Requires the DLGF to provide certain assessment and tax data to the legislative services agency within one business day of receipt. Eliminates the requirement that a candidate for an assessor-appraiser examination be an Indiana resident. Eliminates the restriction that a representative of a taxpayer in a proceeding before the Indiana board of tax review must be an attorney if a matter under consideration in the proceeding is a claim that taxes are illegal as a matter of law. Provides that if an adopting body under the local income tax law wishes to submit a proposed notice, ordinance, or resolution to the department for preliminary review, the adopting body shall submit the notice, ordinance, or resolution on the prescribed forms. Eliminates the requirement in the context of teacher collective bargaining for the department to certify the amount of an operating referendum tax levy or a school safety referendum tax levy. Transfers responsibility for reporting by political subdivisions of other post-employment benefits from the department to the state board of accounts. Aligns the deadline for public libraries to adopt a budget with the general deadline to adopt a budget. Rephrases and reorganizes various provisions. Makes technical changes.

HB1114    LOCAL INCOME TAXES. (THOMPSON J) Expires the existing local income tax law on December 31, 2021, and adds a new local income tax law effective in 2022 and thereafter. Does the following under the new local income tax law: (1) Authorizes counties, municipalities, and school corporations to each enact a property tax relief rate of not more than 0.5% in the case of counties and municipalities and not more than 0.25% in the case of school corporations. Provides that in Marion County, municipalities may not enact a property tax relief rate, but the Marion County city-county council may adopt a 1% property tax relief rate. (2) Authorizes counties, municipalities (other than municipalities in Marion County), and school corporations to each enact an expenditure rate. (3) Provides that an expenditure rate may not exceed: (A) 1.25% in the case of counties other than Marion County or 2% in the case of Marion County; (B) 1.25% in the case of municipalities (other than municipalities in Marion County); and (C) 0.25% in the case of school corporations. (4) Provides that, if an expenditure rate is imposed by a municipality, the municipality shall receive the revenue from the tax, and specifies that the revenue may be used for any legal purpose of the municipality (including providing additional property tax credits). (5) Specifies that a school corporation may not adopt an expenditure rate unless: (A) the expenditure rate is approved by the voters of the school corporation in a local public question; or (B) the revenue from the expenditure rate is used to provide additional property tax credits. Provides that, if a school corporation's expenditure rate is approved by the voters, the revenue may be used for any legal purpose of the school corporation (including providing additional property tax credits). Provides that the maximum period for an expenditure rate approved by the voters of a school corporation is eight years, but that the expenditure rate may be reimposed by the school corporation if approved by the voters. (6) Provides for a distribution formula for certified shares using a weighted combination of property tax levies and residential assessed value for qualified civil taxing units. Phases in the weights over five years beginning in 2022. Provides that, if an expenditure rate is imposed by a county other than Marion County, the revenue shall be distributed as certified shares to civil taxing units in the county (other than municipalities and school corporations) based on the allocation factor. Specifies that, in counties other than Marion County, the revenue from the county's expenditure rate may be allocated to a public safety answering point or used to provide additional property tax credits before the remaining revenue is distributed as certified shares. (7) Provides that the 2% maximum expenditure rate in Marion County consists of: (A) an expenditure rate of not more than 1%, to be distributed as certified shares to the county and to excluded cities in the county based on the allocation factor; and (B) an expenditure rate of not more than 1%, to be distributed as certified shares to the county and to townships in the county based on the allocation factor. (8) Specifies that in Marion County: (A) the revenue from the county's expenditure rate may be allocated to a public communications systems and computer facilities district, a public library, or a public transportation corporation, or for additional property tax credits before the remaining revenue is distributed as certified shares; and (B) revenue distributed as certified shares may be used for any legal purpose of the unit receiving the certified shares. (9) Provides that, after May 31, 2020, a political subdivision may not pledge for the payment of bonds, leases, or other obligations any tax revenue received under the current local income tax law (other than a special purpose rate). (10) Maintains the existing special purpose rates. (11) Provides that, after December 31, 2021, a local income tax rate imposed for transit purposes after approval in a local public question: (A) is a separate special purpose rate; and (B) is not part of the county's expenditure rate or considered in determining whether the county is imposing its maximum expenditure rate. (12) For property taxes due and payable in 2022 and thereafter, requires the department of local government finance to adjust each maximum property tax levy for which a levy freeze amount was applied under the existing local income tax law in 2021. (13) Authorizes a political subdivision to appeal to the department of local government finance for the authority to impose an additional local income tax rate if the political subdivision's expected local income tax distributions will be insufficient to pay obligations for which a pledge of revenue was made under the prior local income tax laws. (14) Specifies that the legislative council shall provide for the preparation and introduction of legislation in the 2021 session of the general assembly to correct cross references and make other changes to the Indiana Code, as necessary, to bring other provisions of the Indiana Code into conformity with this act.

HB1123    SHORT TERM RENTALS. (JACKSON C) Prohibits offering a property for short term rental that is: (1) designated as affordable or subject to rental assistance; (2) subject to any law that prohibits the leasing or subleasing of the property; or (3) subject to an enforcement order issued under the unsafe building law. Requires a listing or advertisement on a short term rental platform (platform) to display the permit number issued by the unit. Provides that if an owner of a short term rental (owner) fails to correct or remove a listing on a platform displaying a missing or erroneous permit number, the owner commits a Class C infraction. Specifies that a unit may regulate, prohibit, or limit short term rentals for the purpose of protecting and promoting the public's health, safety, comfort, convenience, and general welfare. (Current law provides that the purpose may only be for protecting the public's health and safety.) Allows a unit to require an owner to provide a written statement with the permit application verifying that the owner reviewed any applicable leases, bylaws, rules, or regulations of a homeowners or condominium association or cooperative and has no knowledge that the short term rental violates any of these provisions. Requires an owner to provide on the permit application: (1) all platforms upon which the short term rental is listed; and (2) an emergency contact telephone number that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to take complaints regarding the operation of the short term rental.

HB1134    RESIDENTIAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. (MOED J) Defines "residential housing" as housing or workforce housing that consists of single family dwelling units sufficient to secure quality housing in reasonable proximity to employment. Revises the requirements an allocation area must meet for the redevelopment commission to establish a program for housing. Allows the redevelopment commission of a consolidated city to establish a program for residential housing development and a tax increment funding allocation area for the program if the average of new, residential houses constructed in the consolidated city in each of the preceding three years is less than 1% of the total number of residential houses located in the consolidated city. Requires the department of local government finance, in cooperation with the appropriate agency of the consolidated city, to determine eligibility for the program. Specifies the findings the redevelopment commission must make before adopting the residential housing development program. Provides that all of the rights, powers, privileges, and immunities that may be exercised by the redevelopment commission in blighted, deteriorated, or deteriorating areas may be exercised by the redevelopment commission in implementing its program for residential housing development, including levying a special tax, issuing bonds, or entering into leases and allocating incremental property tax revenue.

HB1240    CYBERSECURITY TRAINING PROGRAM. (CHYUNG C) Provides that the department of homeland security division of preparedness and training, with the assistance of other certain entities, shall create and implement mandatory cybersecurity training courses for all: (1) individuals elected to a county office; and (2) newly elected individuals to a county office. Provides that a training course shall include activities, case studies, hypothetical situations, and other methods that: (1) focus on forming information security habits and procedures that protect information resources; and (2) teach best practices for detecting, assessing, reporting, and addressing information security threats. Encourages the office of judicial administration to provide cybersecurity training courses for all elected judges and newly elected judges holding a county office. Provides that the mandatory cybersecurity training program for county elected officials shall be funded from the county elected officials training fund.

HB1257    NOTICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION. (BOY P) Requires a person who causes a spill of certain substances into waters of the state to report the spill immediately to the following: (1) The department of environmental management (department). (2) The county health officer of each county in which the spill occurred. (3) A downstream water user. (4) At least one emergency response agency. (5) Each park located in the county in which the spill occurred. Requires the department, the county health officer, the downstream water user, the emergency response agency, and each park (entity) to: (1) post the information received about the spill on each entity's Internet web site; and (2) in a manner determined by each entity, make the information received about the spill available to the public. Requires the person who caused the spill to immediately provide notice by publication to the public in each county in which the spill occurred. Establishes a civil penalty of not more than $25,000 for each day that the person fails to make the report or provide the notice required by the bill. Provides that the civil penalty is not more that $50,000 for each day that the person fails to make the report or provide the notice if a court has entered a judgment against a person for a previous violation of the reporting and notification requirements added by the bill. Provides that a person who fails to make the report or provide the notice required by the bill commits a Class A misdemeanor. Specifies that a person commits a Level 6 felony if the person has a prior unrelated conviction for a violation of the reporting and notification requirements added by the bill. Provides that money collected by the department for a civil violation of the reporting and notification requirements added by the bill shall be deposited into the environmental management special fund. Adds definitions of "downstream water user", "objectionable substance", "park", and "spill". Makes conforming changes.

SB8    911 DISPATCHERS. (BOHACEK M) Provides that an emergency medical dispatcher who has successfully completed certain training shall be considered an emergency responder.

SB20    COUNTY PLAN COMMISSIONS. (GASKILL M) Allows a county agricultural extension educator (educator) serving on a county plan commission who is not a resident of the county to continue to serve on the plan commission until: (1) October 1, 2020; or (2) the date set forth in a county legislative body ordinance that is after October 1, 2020, and not later than October 1, 2021. Provides that an educator who is not a resident of the county shall serve the commission in a nonvoting advisory capacity. Provides that, for purposes of the advisory planning law, the county surveyor's designee must be a resident of the county to serve on the county plan commission. Adds a provision that requires a person appointed to a plan commission, to fill a vacancy or to serve as an alternate member, to meet the same requirements as the member they are appointed to replace.

SB23    ANNEXATION. (BOOTS P) Provides, with certain exceptions, that the following apply to annexations for which an annexation ordinance is adopted after March 31, 2020: (1) A municipality initiating an annexation must file a petition with the court signed by at least: (A) 51% of the owners of land that is not exempt from property taxes in the annexation territory; or (B) the owners of more than 75% in assessed valuation of land that is not exempt from property taxes in the annexation territory. (2) If the petition filed by the municipality has enough signatures, the court must hold a hearing to review the annexation. (3) Adds provisions regarding the validity of a signature on an annexation petition. (4) Eliminates the remonstrance procedure for annexations and reimbursement of remonstrator's attorney's fees and costs. (5) Provides that remonstrance waivers are void for annexations for which the annexation ordinance is adopted after March 31, 2020. (6) Provides that a settlement agreement in lieu of annexation that is executed after March 31, 2020, is void. (7) Eliminates provisions regarding the contiguity of a public highway. Eliminates provisions that prohibit an annexation from taking effect in the year preceding the year that a federal decennial census is conducted.

SB25    MENTAL HEALTH DISABILITY REVIEW PANELS. (BOOTS P) Establishes mental health disability review panels (review panel) for evaluation of members of the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund (1977 fund) who have been determined to have an impairment for mental illness. Includes mental illness in the description of "occupational diseases" for purposes of determining whether a 1977 fund member has an impairment. Makes the final determination of an impairment for a mental illness provisional for two years: (1) beginning July 1, 2020, for a final determination made after December 31, 2012, and before July 1, 2020; or (2) from the date of the final determination, for a final determination made after June 30, 2020. Requires that, during that time, the 1977 fund member participate in a mental health treatment plan, at the employer's cost, and at the end of the two year period, requires the review panel to evaluate the 1977 fund member to determine if the 1977 fund member: (1) is medically able to return to duty; or (2) may continue for another two year provisional disability period. Requires that, at the end of the second provisional period, the review panel evaluate the 1977 fund member to determine if the 1977 fund member: (1) is medically able to return to duty; or (2) has a permanent impairment. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on pension management oversight.)

SB46    STORM WATER FEE EXEMPTIONS. (FREEMAN A) Provides that the board of a municipal department of storm water management, the board of a county department of storm water management, or the board of public works of a consolidated city may not assess or collect user fees for the operation and maintenance of a storm water system with respect to: (1) property where religious services are held regularly; (2) property that belongs to a school corporation and is used for educational purposes; or (3) property that is assessed as agricultural land for property tax purposes. Provides that the drainage board of a county that does not have a department of storm water management may not assess or collect fees for services provided to address issues of storm water quality and quantity with respect to: (1) property where religious services are held regularly; (2) property that belongs to a school corporation and is used for educational purposes; or (3) property that is assessed as agricultural land for property tax purposes.

SB55    PIPING MATERIALS FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS. (DORIOT B) Defines "acceptable piping material" as piping material that: (1) meets certain recognized standards; and (2) meets the performance specifications for the public works contract. Provides, for purposes of the law on public works projects of state agencies and political subdivisions, including design-build public works projects, that the specifications or design criteria package must allow bidding in open competition for acquisition of acceptable piping materials for use in the public works project. Provides, however, that a public works project's engineer is not limited in selecting any acceptable piping materials that meet the requirements of the public works project.

SB70    FIRE DEPARTMENT MERIT SYSTEM. (TALLIAN K) Provides that a fire merit system is established January 1, 2022, in certain cities, towns, and townships (units) that have not established a fire merit system, unless a majority of the unit's: (1) legislative body; and (2) active full-time, paid members of the department; vote to reject the establishment of a fire merit system not later than July 1, 2021. Provides that a unit may dissolve the fire merit system after January 1, 2022, by following the procedure in current law for establishing a fire merit system.

SB71    ADVERSE POSSESSION STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS. (DORIOT B) Amends the statute concerning the statute of limitations for actions for the recovery of the possession of real estate to provide that such an action that: (1) involves a line located and established by a professional surveyor; and (2) accrues before the lines are located and established by the surveyor; must be commenced before the expiration of the appeal period set forth in the statute governing county surveyors. Amends the Indiana Code provision concerning the establishment of property lines by means of a legal survey to specify that the lines established are binding on all affected landowners, including a landowner who claims title under a claim of adverse possession.

SB80    INDIANA CODE PUBLICATION BILL. (YOUNG M) Addresses nonsubstantive problems not suitable for inclusion in the annual Technical Corrections bill, including resolution of the conflicts between versions of sections that were both amended and repealed during the 2019 legislative session. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the code revision commission.)

SB100    RIGHT TO RESTORE OR RECONSTRUCT A DWELLING. (DORIOT B) Provides that a person is entitled to restore or reconstruct a nonconforming residential single family dwelling within the dwelling's existing footprint, if the dwelling: (1) is nonconforming only as to lot size, setbacks, or any other dimensional requirements; (2) is a habitable dwelling assessed as residential property; and (3) has not been condemned. Prohibits a local government from requiring a variance for the restoration or reconstruction.

SB132    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. (CRIDER M) Renames the "safety first" license plate as the "first responder" license plate. Provides that the department of homeland security may require a person to submit information, a document, or an application electronically. Provides that a two-dimensional bar code shall be displayed in or on each regulated lifting device. Repeals the reduced ignition propensity standards for cigarettes fund and transfers the money in the fund to the fire prevention and public safety fund. Provides that the fire prevention and public safety fund may be used for the same purposes as the reduced ignition propensity standards for cigarettes fund. Makes conforming changes.

SB148    ZONING AND MANUFACTURED HOMES. (DORIOT B) Adds a definition of "industrialized residential structure" for purposes of the law governing mobile home communities. Provides that, subject to certain conditions: (1) an industrialized residential structure may be located in a mobile home community; and (2) units of local government may not adopt or enforce a comprehensive plan or zoning ordinance that prohibits the plans and specifications for a proposed residential structure solely because the proposed residential structure is a manufactured home. Provides that units of local government may not adopt or enforce certain ordinances, regulations, requirements, or other restrictions related to construction, building, or design that mandate width standards, roof pitch requirements, or other design standards for a manufactured home. Makes conforming changes.

SB152    VEHICLE BILL. (BRAY R) None

SB153    VEHICLE BILL. (BRAY R) None

SB210    DISPOSAL OF LAND BY LOCAL GOVERNMENT. (PERFECT C) Removes a provision allowing abutting landowners who submit lower bids for a purchase of real property from a political subdivision to submit an additional bid after being informed of the amount of the highest bid received.

SB215    MARION COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS. (SANDLIN J) Provides that the board of directors of the Marion County Agricultural Fair Association may request the placement of one digital billboard at a location on the real property of the Marion County Agricultural Fair Association selected by the board. Provides that a consolidated city shall permit the placement of one digital billboard on the real property of the Marion County Agricultural Fair Association if the board makes such a request. Provides that the owner of the real property of the Marion County Agricultural Fair Association shall receive any revenue attributable to the placement of the digital billboard on the real property.

SB225    BONDING PROCEDURES. (TAYLOR G) Removes a provision specifying that a negotiated sale is not authorized after June 30, 2021, for the following political subdivisions: (1) A consolidated city. (2) A second class city. (3) A school corporation located in a consolidated city or a second class city. Expands the list of political subdivisions that are eligible to sell bonds at a negotiated sale to include the following: (1) A third class city. (2) A public library or another special taxing district located in a consolidated city, second class city, or third class city. Provides that this expansion does not apply to refinancing bonds and some revenue bonds that are dedicated to a limited purpose.

SB230    LEASING OF LOCAL UNIT PROPERTY. (SANDLIN J) Provides that a political subdivision may lease real property of the political subdivision that is located between the curb of a street and the front of commercial property, including a parkway strip, tree row, verge, or sidewalk, to the owner of the commercial property: (1) upon terms agreed to between the political subdivision and the property owner or property manager; and (2) without competitive bidding. Specifies requirements for the lease. Provides that upon execution of the lease, the property of the political subdivision shall be under the maintenance, control, and supervision of the property owner or the property manager, subject to the public's right to use the sidewalk as a walkway. Requires the lease to be approved by at least a two-thirds vote of the members of the fiscal body of the political subdivision.

SB237    CARE OF CITY POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS. (BROWN L) Requires a city to pay for the care of a police officer or firefighter who suffers an injury while on duty.

SB258    FIREFIGHTER SAFETY. (KOCH E) Requires the board of firefighting personnel standards and education to establish best practices to improve safety and health outcomes for firefighters. Provides that the worker's compensation rating bureau of Indiana may provide a premium or rate discount towards worker's compensation insurance to political subdivisions and volunteer fire departments that implement best practices. Provides that the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system may provide a discount to a payment required for the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund pension fund to political subdivisions that implement best practices. Establishes the best practices fund for the purpose of providing matching grants to political subdivisions and volunteer fire departments to purchase equipment and other gear to implement best practices.

SB260    EDUCATION FUNDING. (SPARTZ V) Requires the superintendent of each school corporation to submit the report compiled by the office of management and budget concerning the ratio of student instructional expenditures to all other expenditures to the local board of finance for the school corporation. Requires a redevelopment commission to provide notice of an adopted resolution concerning an area in need of redevelopment, an economic development area, or an allocation area, to the: (1) president of the governing body; and (2) superintendent; of each school corporation that is wholly or partly located within the allocation area established by the commission. Requires a redevelopment commission to provide information concerning each tax increment financing district to the: (1) president of the governing body; and (2) superintendent; of each school corporation that is wholly or partly located within the allocation area established by the commission. Requires an audit of a redevelopment commission or department of redevelopment to include a review of tax increment financing district allocation area funds.

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