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Bill Watch, Jan. 17, 2020: Current Real Estate Legislation of Note - Real Estate and Land Use News

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Posted on: Jan 21, 2020

The IndyBar Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following real estate 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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HB1003 EDUCATION MATTERS. (JORDAN J) Provides that the state board of education (state board) shall determine the timing, frequency, and method of certain teacher training requirements, including whether the training should be required for purposes of obtaining or renewing a license or as part of the completion requirements for a teacher preparation program. Provides that the state board may grant an application by a school or group of schools that request to waive compliance with certain statutes or rules. Requires the department of education to annually compile compliance waiver submissions and provide a report summarizing the waivers to the general assembly. Provides that 15 of the total number of professional growth experience points required to renew a practitioner license or accomplished practitioner license may be obtained through the completion of an externship with a company or professional development with a local business. (Current law provides that 15 professional growth points required to renew a practitioner license or accomplished practitioner license must be obtained through the completion of an externship with a company or professional development with a local business.) Eliminates the requirement that an annual performance report for a school corporation must be published in a newspaper. Provides that a high school may replace certain high school courses on the high school transcript with alternative courses in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) in order to satisfy an Indiana diploma with a Core 40 with academic honors designation or another designation requirement. Makes conforming amendments.
 
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.
 
HB1020 END OF LIFE OPTIONS. (PIERCE M) Allows individuals with a terminal illness who meet certain requirements to make a request to an attending physician for medication that the individual may self-administer to end the individual's life. Specifies requirements a physician must meet in order to prescribe the medication to a patient. Prohibits an insurer from denying payment of benefits under a life insurance policy based upon a suicide clause in the life insurance policy if the death of the insured individual is the result of medical aid in dying. Establishes a Level 1 felony if a person: (1) without authorization of the patient, willfully alters, forges, conceals, or destroys a request for medication or a rescission of a request for medication with the intent or effect of causing the individual's death; or (2) knowingly or intentionally coerces or exerts undue influence on an individual to request medication to end the individual's life or to destroy a rescission of a request for medication to end the individual's life.
 
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.
 
HB1060 REGULATION OF BUILDING MATERIALS. (MILLER D) Provides that a state agency or political subdivision may not adopt or enforce a law in certain instances as it relates to building products, materials, and aesthetic methods for Class 1 and Class 2 structures.
 
HB1069 JUDICIAL OFFICERS AND PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS. (COOK A) Provides that a person commits battery on a public safety official if the offense is committed against a current or former public safety official: (1) while the official is engaged in the official's official duty; or (2) in retaliation for the official having engaged in the official's official duty. (Under current law, a person commits the offense only if the official is acting in the person's official duty.) Exempts a person who retires from judicial office after at least 20 years of service or because of a disability from the payment of the fee for a license to carry a handgun. Permits a former judicial officer to possess and use a handgun in the same locations as a judicial officer, and requires the supreme court to annually issue an identification card to a former judicial officer.
 
HB1099 LOW HEAD DAMS. (MANNING E) Requires the natural resources commission to establish a roster of low head dams in the state that are capable of creating hazardous currents that pose safety issues. Establishes requirements concerning low head dams for the department of natural resources (department) and owners of low head dams. Except for purposes of an inspection, maintenance, or removal, prohibits a person from accessing a low head dam. Prohibits wading, boating, swimming, or accessing the waters within 100 feet of a low head dam when warning signs are present. Provides that the state is not liable for any death or injury that occurs on or resulting from a low head dam that is not owned by the state. Provides for a penalty for violations. Requires the department to prepare a report that includes recommendations concerning the creation of a low head dam removal program and any recommendations concerning low head dam safety legislation.
 
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.
 
HB1118 RESTRICTIONS ON SNAP BENEFIT PURCHASES. (ZIEMKE C) Prohibits Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients from purchasing: (1) energy drinks; (2) sweetened beverages; (3) carbonated beverages; (4) candy; (5) potato or corn chips; and (6) cookies; with SNAP benefits. Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to apply for a waiver or authorization to implement this prohibition if a waiver or authorization from a federal agency is required and allows a delay in implementation until the waiver or authorization is received.
 
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.
 
HB1142 UNIFORM COUNTY INNKEEPER'S TAX REVENUE. (BACON R) Provides that a tourism commission may expend innkeeper's tax funds from the convention, visitor, and tourism promotion fund without appropriation by the county fiscal body.
 
HB1256 MARION COUNTY HOUSING TRUST FUND. (MOED J) Requires the Marion County treasurer to deposit the amount of revenue received as a result of $0.01 of the certified tax rate for the county general fund for the prior year to the county housing trust fund not later than March 1 of each year.
 
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.
 
HB1291 REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS. (ABBOTT D) Requires one member of a municipal or county redevelopment commission (commission) appointed by the executive of the municipality or county after December 31, 2020, to be: (1) a member of the governing body of the school corporation within the territory or, if there are multiple school corporations, a member of the governing body of the school corporation with the largest average daily membership; or (2) an individual recommended by the governing body of the school corporation within the territory or, if there are multiple school corporations within the territory, an individual recommended by the governing body of the school corporation with the largest average daily membership. Effective January 1, 2021, eliminates the appointment of and term of office of a nonvoting adviser to the commission. Provides that the executive of the municipality for a municipal redevelopment commission, or the president of the county executive for a county redevelopment commission, serves as an ex officio member of the commission to cast the deciding vote to break a tie. Adds additional information that the commission's annual presentation of information to taxing units located within the commission's allocation area must include, and specifies that the presentation must include school corporations located within the allocation area.
 
HB1339 REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION LAND PURCHASES. (DVORAK R) Requires a county redevelopment commission of a county other than Marion County to obtain the county legislative body's approval of a purchase of more than 10 acres of agricultural real property.
 
HB1348 STATE AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION. (GUTWEIN D) Repeals the following boards and commissions: (1) Public highway private enterprise review board. (2) Lake Michigan marina and shoreline development commission. Repeals the following advisory councils and advisory boards: (1) Interstate rail passenger advisory council. (2) Orange County development advisory board. Repeals the high speed rail development fund (fund) and requires the budget agency to transfer any unencumbered money in the fund to the state general fund. Repeals language concerning responsibilities of the circuit court clerk (clerk) with respect to: (1) the clerk's receipt of the registry of certain alcohol permits; (2) notification to the clerk of a hearing regarding the fitness of an applicant seeking certain alcohol permits; and (3) the clerk's issuance of hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses. Provides that a newspaper may not charge an indigent person a fee for publishing a legal notice that is greater than the governmental rate. Makes conforming changes.
 
HB1370 REGIONAL REDEVELOPMENT. (MAY C) Provides that a public instrumentality or a public corporate body authorized by state law may enter into an interlocal agreement. Allows two or more eligible units to establish a land bank jointly by entering into an interlocal agreement.
 
HB1379 EMINENT DOMAIN. (MILLER D) Permits a person to require an entity with eminent domain powers to use its eminent domain powers to acquire property not owned by the person if the property is needed for a public use that is required to carry out an approved development plan, planned unit development, or other zoning change. Requires the requesting person to pay the direct costs and expenses incurred in the exercise of eminent domain.
 
SB9 TARGET SHOOTING. (TOMES J) Provides that a person who goes to a shooting range that: (1) is certified by a nationally recognized shooting organization; and (2) posts and maintains signage concerning liability; for the purpose of target shooting does not have an assurance that the premises is safe for that purpose.
 
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.
 
SB28 UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR FIREARMS. (STOOPS M) Requires a person wishing to sell, trade, or transfer a firearm to another person to transact the sale, trade, or transfer through a firearms dealer (dealer). Specifies certain exemptions. Requires a dealer to complete the sale, trade, or transfer of a firearm if the following conditions are met: (1) The dealer agrees to transact the sale, trade, or transfer of a firearm. (2) The dealer is able to successfully contact the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). (3) The dealer receives authorization from NICS to complete the sale, trade, or transfer of the firearm. (4) The recipient of the firearm being sold, traded, or transferred: (A) is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal or state law; and (B) is in compliance with all federal and state laws pertaining to the possession and transfer of certain firearms as defined under the National Firearms Act (NFA firearm), if applicable. Allows a dealer to refuse to transact the sale, trade, or transfer of a firearm for any reason. Requires a dealer to abort the sale, trade, or transfer of a firearm when: (1) the seller of a firearm; (2) the intended recipient of a firearm; or (3) both; are not eligible to possess a firearm or an NFA firearm, as applicable. Requires a dealer to abort the sale, trade, or transfer of a firearm if the firearm to be sold, traded, or transferred is: (1) reported lost; (2) reported stolen; or (3) used in the commission of a crime. Provides that a dealer is not required to return payment issued to the dealer for the dealer's role in transacting the sale, trade, or transfer of a firearm in certain instances. Provides a dealer with immunity from civil liability and damages in certain instances. Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally makes a materially false statement to a dealer for the purpose of completing the sale, trade, or transfer of a firearm commits firearm transfer fraud, a Level 6 felony. Enhances the offense to a Level 5 felony if the person has a prior unrelated conviction for the offense. Provides that a dealer or person who transacts the sale, trade, or transfer of a firearm in violation of certain requirements commits unlawful transfer of a firearm, a Level 6 felony. Provides that the offense is a Level 5 felony if the dealer or person has a prior unrelated conviction for the offense. Specifies certain defenses. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming amendments.
 
SB43 FRAUD CONSOLIDATION. (YOUNG M) Repeals and consolidates various fraud, deception, and mischief offenses. Defines "financial institution" for purposes of crimes involving financial institutions. Defines "item of sentimental value" and enhances the penalties for mischief, theft, and fraud if the offense involves an item of sentimental value. Makes conforming amendments. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on corrections and criminal code.)
 
SB61 EMS PERSONNEL LICENSURE INTERSTATE COMPACT. (CHARBONNEAU E) Implements the emergency medical services personnel licensure interstate compact.
 
SB100 NONCONFORMING STRUCTURES. (DORIOT B) Provides that the parcel owner shall be allowed to reconstruct, repair, or renovate the nonconforming structure if the reconstruction, repair, or renovation meets certain requirements.
 
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.
 
SB139 ADULT GUARDIANSHIP SERVICES. (LANANE T) Instructs the office of judicial administration to establish and administer an office of adult guardianship services. Combines the volunteer advocates for seniors program and the volunteer advocates for incapacitated adults programs into one program. Requires that, in submitting a progress report to the court, a volunteer advocate for seniors and incapacitated adults shall include a person centered care plan in the progress report.
 
SB141 SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CLINICS AND MEDICAID. (ZAY A) Provides that the office of the secretary of family and social services may apply for: (1) a Medicaid state plan amendment to provide Medicaid reimbursement for health care services and school based services to specified individuals provided by a school based health clinic; and (2) supplemental Medicaid reimbursement payments to qualified school based health clinics under the fee for service Medicaid program. States that provisions concerning the school based health clinic are nonseverable. Provides that state expenditures and local school expenditures for funding for Medicaid covered school based services and other health care services provided to a Medicaid recipient by a school based health clinic may be made only if: (1) the state plan amendment is approved; and (2) intergovernmental transfer funding for the nonfederal share of supplemental Medicaid payments for Medicaid fee for services program is continuously made.
 
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.
 
SB183 MADISON COUNTY FOOD AND BEVERAGE TAX. (GASKILL M) Requires the revenue from the Madison County food and beverage tax to be deposited in a township development account (account) established within the current economic development project fund (fund) for each township in the county. Requires the tax revenue to be allocated and transferred to each account in proportion to the population of the township compared to the population of the county. Provides that the county council shall administer the fund and each account within the fund. Provides that the county council may adopt a resolution to disburse money from an account to be used for projects that are either: (1) located within the township for which the account was established; or (2) located outside the township for which the account was established; if: (A) the county council determines that the project will directly benefit the residents of the township for which the account was established; and (B) the county council holds a public hearing on the adoption of the resolution. Provides that the county commissioners, or a city, town, or school corporation that is located in the township for which the account was established, may apply to the county council for a disbursement of money from an account. Specifies the types of projects for which money in an account may be used. Removes obsolete provisions that apply to use of the tax revenue to fund a civic center, economic development projects, or a secure detention facility (there are no outstanding obligations for these projects). Makes conforming changes.
 
SB192 INPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR MEDICAID CHILDREN. (GROOMS R) Requires a managed care organization to allow a child Medicaid recipient who has been certified for admission to a psychiatric hospital to be provided certain services that are determined by a treating physician to be necessary for the child for up to five business days before the managed care organization may require a continued review process.
 
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.
 
SB238 VARIOUS HUMAN SERVICES MATTERS. (BROWN L) Removes obsolete references to Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital. Amends the definition of "early intervention services" to include additional services and qualified personnel for purposes of the infants and toddlers with disabilities program. Requires child care ministries to have at least one individual who maintains a CPR certification present at all times that a child is in the care of the child care ministry and requires employees and volunteers who are caregivers to maintain current first aid certification.
 
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.
 
SB267 ADMINISTRATION OF 211 SERVICES. (BOHACEK M) Transfers responsibility for the 211 human services information dialing code from the Indiana housing and community development authority (authority) to the office of the secretary of family and social services. Eliminates provisions: (1) regarding recognized 211 service providers; (2) prohibiting state agencies or departments from establishing telephone lines or hotlines to provide human services information or referrals without first consulting a recognized 211 provider and notifying the authority; (3) prohibiting dissemination of information to the public about the availability of 211 services except in conformity with rules adopted by the authority; (4) limiting disbursements from the 211 services account to $50,000 annually; (5) requiring consultation with the board of directors of Indiana 211 Partnership, Inc., for purposes of preparation of the annual plan for expenditure of funds from the 211 services account; and (6) requiring an annual report to the general assembly regarding 211 services and deposits to and disbursements from the 211 services account. Creates the 211 services fund in place of the 211 services account. Creates the 211 advisory committee for purposes of advising the office of the secretary of family and social services regarding use of and goals for 211 services. Makes conforming amendments.
 
SB273 INDIANA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COMMISSION. (CRIDER M) Establishes the Indiana behavioral health commission (commission). Specifies the membership of the commission. Requires the commission to prepare: (1) an interim report not later than October 1, 2020; and (2) a final report not later than October 1, 2022. Specifies the issues and topics to be discussed in the commission reports. Requires commission reports to be issued to the following parties: (1) The governor. (2) The legislative council. (3) Any other party specified by the commission chairperson. Requires commission reports to be issued in an electronic format. Abolishes the commission on December 31, 2022. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming amendments.
 
SB288 ANATOMICAL GIFT THROUGH HUNTING OR FISHING LICENSE. (DORIOT B) Allows an individual applying to the department of natural resources (department) for a resident hunting, fishing, or trapping license to make an anatomical gift by signing the individual's name in a space on the license application form relating to the anatomical gift. Requires the department: (1) to place an identifying symbol on the face of the resident license to hunt, fish, or trap that is issued to the individual; and (2) to place the identifying symbol on the face of all resident licenses to hunt, fish, or trap that are issued later to the individual, unless the anatomical gift is amended or revoked. Requires the department or the natural resources commission to adopt rules, including rules providing for the department to transmit information about every anatomical gift to the administrator of the donor registry.
 
SB350 REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT. (HOLDMAN T) Establishes a regional development local gross retail tax, a regional development local income tax, and a regional development food and beverage tax. Provides various changes to the existing regional development authority law for development authorities established before January 1, 2020. Defines various terms. Adds a new article for development authorities established after January 1, 2020. Does the following under the new article: (1) Provides that a development authority is a separate body corporate and politic that shall carry out its purposes by acquiring, constructing, equipping, owning, leasing, and financing projects and facilities for lease to or for the benefit of eligible political subdivisions, and by funding and developing other various projects. (2) Provides that subject to certain adjacency requirements, a development authority may be established by certain counties or municipalities meeting specific population requirements. Provides that a county or municipality may participate in the establishment of a development authority and become a member only if the fiscal body adopts a development authority investment plan. Provides that when a county establishes a development authority with another unit, any municipality in the county does not also become a member unless the fiscal body of the municipality also adopts the investment plan. Provides that a county or municipality may only be a member of one development authority. Provides that a development authority shall notify the Indiana economic development corporation (IEDC) after the development authority is established. (3) Provides requirements and restrictions for a county and a municipality to join a development authority. (4) Provides that a county or municipality shall be a member of a development authority for at least 12 years and not more than 22 years. Provides that at least 12 months and not more than 18 months before the end of a membership period, the fiscal body of the member must adopt an ordinance that commits the member to an additional term of membership or withdraws the member from the development authority at the end of the current term. (5) Provides that a development authority board is governed by an investment board. Provides requirements for the establishment, composition, bylaws, and procedural operations of the investment board. (6) Provides requirements and restrictions for public purchasing and public works projects of development authorities. (7) Provides requirements for an annual financial audit and local advisory committee for development authorities. (8) Describes the duties and powers of a development authority. Provides that a development authority may enter into certain joint agreements with other development authorities or entities. Provides that a development authority shall issue an annual report to various parties. Provides that a development authority shall prepare a comprehensive strategic plan. (9) Provides that an investment board shall establish and administer a regional investment fund. Provides for the funding sources of the regional investment fund. Provides for the establishment of a debt service account within the regional investment fund. Provides what amounts must be transferred by each member to the development authority for deposit in the regional investment fund. (10) Provides that a development authority may issue bonds for certain purposes and provides requirements, procedures, and terms related to the bonds. Provides that a development authority may lease land or a project to an eligible political subdivision and provides requirements, procedures, and terms related to such leases.
 
SB372 TAXES FOR PUBLIC SAFETY IN ALLOCATION AREAS. (BUCK J) Provides that property tax proceeds in a tax increment financing allocation area established after April 30, 2020, that are attributable to the portion of the assessed value that represents the percentage of property tax revenue that was budgeted by taxing units for police or fire services in the allocation area immediately preceding the effective date of the allocation provision shall be allocated and paid into the funds of those respective taxing units. Makes corresponding changes.
 
SB440 DISSOLUTION OF TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT. (BASSLER E) Requires in 2020 and every eight years thereafter that a public question be placed on the ballot in each county (except in a county having a consolidated city and a county in which township government has been dissolved), asking the voters of the county whether township government in the county should be dissolved. Provides that if the voters of the county vote in favor of dissolution of township government, township government in the county is dissolved on January 1 of the second odd-numbered year after the public question is approved by the voters. Provides that on the dissolution date, the county executive (or the county executive's designee) assumes the powers and duties of the township trustees in the county and the county fiscal body assumes the duties of the township boards. Provides that elected township officials serve out their terms of office and are required to assist in the transfer of the powers and duties of township government to county government. Renames "township assistance" as "local assistance". Provides for the disposition of township property, funds, and liabilities. Repeals a statute permitting the staggering of the terms of township board members. Repeals obsolete statutes. Makes conforming changes.

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