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#1 Savile Row

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 05:06 PM

2016 Legislation: What will Impact Clark County?

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 05:14 PM

Breakfast Club Legislation Watch
Indiana General Assembly

Senator Ron Grooms is trying to get back some of the  bridge toll costs

for you.


Senate Bill 228
Introduced Senate Bill (S)

Authored by Sen. Ronald Grooms

DIGEST

Tax deduction for Ohio River bridge tolls. 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 nonreimbursed 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 nonreimbursed tolls paid by the qualified individual during the taxable year; or (2) $500.



Senate Bill 229
Introduced Senate Bill (S)

Authored by Sen. Ronald Grooms.

DIGEST

Tax credit for bridge toll expenses. Provides an income tax credit to qualified businesses that pay tolls to cross certain Ohio River bridges. Provides that a qualified business is a business entity that: (1) is authorized to transact business in Indiana; (2) maintains its principal office, or a branch office, in Clark County or Floyd County; and (3) incurs at least $500 of qualified toll expenses to cross certain Ohio River bridges during a taxable year. Provides that the amount of the tax credit may not exceed the lesser of: (1) the amount of qualified toll expenses paid by the qualified business during the taxable year; or (2) $5,000. Provides that a business entity wishing to claim the credit must file an application with the department of state revenue during the taxable year requesting certification of the business entity as a qualified business for that taxable year.


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#3 Savile Row

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 05:21 PM

Senate Bill 343
Introduced Senate Bill (S)

Authored by Sen. Vaneta Becker,
Sen. Ronald Grooms,
Sen. Michael Delph.
Co-Authored by Sen. John Broden,
Sen. Brandt Hershman.

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Pet protective orders.

Allows a court to grant an order of protection to: (1) grant possession and care of an animal to a petitioner; (2) prohibit a respondent from taking action against the animal; and (3) direct a law enforcement officer to accompany the petitioner to retrieve the animal.



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Posted 21 January 2016 - 05:57 PM

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Introduced House Resolution (H)
House Concurrent Resolution 10
Authored by Rep. Matt Pierce.

Co-Authored by Rep. Steven Stemler,
Rep. Thomas Saunders,
Rep. Edward Clere


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A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION petitioning the National Park Service to complete the Eastern Legacy Special Resource Study mandated by Congress in 2008 and to recommend inclusion of the Eastern Legacy sites, which include Indiana locations, in the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.



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Posted 21 January 2016 - 06:00 PM

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House Bill 113Introduced House Bill (H)
Authored by Rep. Steven Stemler.
Co-Authored by Rep. Terry Goodin,
Rep. Edward Clere.


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Transborder groundwater authority. Establishes the Indiana-Kentucky transborder groundwater authority (authority). Requires the authority to study ownership rights in the groundwater resources shared by Indiana and Kentucky and to explore the desirability of entering into an interstate compact with Kentucky concerning the use of the groundwater underlying southern Indiana and northern Kentucky. Authorizes a county that borders the Ohio River or that borders another county that borders the Ohio River to elect to participate in the authority. Provides for the authority to include elected officials from municipal and county government in the participating counties, county health officers of the participating counties, a member of the board of the soil and water conservation district of a participating county, and the director of the department of natural resources. Authorizes the authority to invite government officials from Kentucky to attend the authority's meetings and advise the authority. Authorizes the authority to receive grants and appropriations from governmental and private sources. Provides that participating counties may appropriate money for the authority's budget. Requires the state board of accounts to prescribe the methods and forms for keeping and to periodically audit the accounts, records, and books of the authority. Provides that the authority expires July 1, 2021



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Posted 21 January 2016 - 06:03 PM

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House Bill 1379
Introduced House Bill (H)

Authored by Rep. Steven Stemler.
Co-Authored by Rep. Edward Clere.


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Reduction of government plan review. Eliminates duplicative fee based plan reviews for construction of Class 1 structures. Creates a streamlined plan review process that allows either of the following, but not both, to perform a fee based plan review: (1) The division of fire and building safety (division). (2) A political subdivision certified in accordance with objective criteria adopted by the fire protection and building safety commission (commission). Eliminates duplicative fee based plan review performed by the state department of health for construction of hospitals and health facilities.


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Posted 21 January 2016 - 06:08 PM

Out if Town/Out of State Toll SCUFLAWS Gotta Pay

House Bill 1266
Introduced House Bill (H)
Authored by Rep. Edward Clere.
Co-Authored by Rep. Steven Stemler
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License plate display violations. Imposes an additional civil penalty of not more than $500 on a person that improperly displays a license plate on a vehicle. Distributes the civil penalty as follows: (1) If the violation occurs in a county in which a toll road or qualifying project that is served by an automated traffic law enforcement system is located, or in a contiguous county, to the Indiana finance authority or the operator for reduction of debt associated with the toll road or qualifying project.
 



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Posted 21 January 2016 - 06:23 PM

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House Joint Resolution 4
Introduced House Resolution (H)
Authored by Rep. Greg Beumer.
Co-Authored by Rep. David Ober.
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Changes the age that an individual is eligible for election to the Indiana senate from 25 years of age to 21 years of age. Changes the age that an individual is eligible for election to the Indiana house of representatives from 21 years of age to 18 years of age. Provides that a member of the general assembly must be a resident of the district for two years preceding the member's election. (The current constitutional provision requires residency in the district for one year preceding a member's election.) Revises obsolete language.


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#9 Russell Brooksbank

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 03:35 PM

What of the Constitutional Carry bill?


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 07:57 AM

Breakfast Club Legislation Watch
Indiana General Assembly

Senator Ron Grooms is trying to get back some of the  bridge toll costs

for you.


Senate Bill 228
Introduced Senate Bill (S)

Authored by Sen. Ronald Grooms

DIGEST

Tax deduction for Ohio River bridge tolls. 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 nonreimbursed 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 nonreimbursed tolls paid by the qualified individual during the taxable year; or (2) $500.



Senate Bill 229
Introduced Senate Bill (S)

Authored by Sen. Ronald Grooms.

DIGEST

Tax credit for bridge toll expenses. Provides an income tax credit to qualified businesses that pay tolls to cross certain Ohio River bridges. Provides that a qualified business is a business entity that: (1) is authorized to transact business in Indiana; (2) maintains its principal office, or a branch office, in Clark County or Floyd County; and (3) incurs at least $500 of qualified toll expenses to cross certain Ohio River bridges during a taxable year. Provides that the amount of the tax credit may not exceed the lesser of: (1) the amount of qualified toll expenses paid by the qualified business during the taxable year; or (2) $5,000. Provides that a business entity wishing to claim the credit must file an application with the department of state revenue during the taxable year requesting certification of the business entity as a qualified business for that taxable year.

 

This seems like a case of pandering to one's constituents by proposing legislation that has absolutely no chance of passing. 


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 08:38 AM

Who cares? The time, gas, and miles I will keep off my vehicle will well be worth those couple of dollars.


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#12 Kevin Vissing

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 09:39 PM

What of the Constitutional Carry bill?

Russell, could that be where a permit is not needed. I've heard talk of that.
I doubt they would give me back my permit money.
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Posted 26 January 2016 - 12:10 AM

Russell, could that be where a permit is not needed. I've heard talk of that.
I doubt they would give me back my permit money.

That would be the one. It would eliminate the requirement to obtain permission from the state to bear arms. It basically makes the 2nd amendment your permit, as it should be. As far as your permit money, well, you're just going to have to fall back on all the good things that were done with it. The state thanks you.
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Posted 26 January 2016 - 12:54 AM

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Senator  Ron Grooms
is trying but the state
is way too greedy and
wants yet more money from Clark County.

Hoosiers won't get help with bridge toll costs
Sheldon S. Shafer, @sheldonshafer
January 25, 2016

Two related bills

introduced in the Indiana legislature

intended to help offset the cost of tolls

that Hoosiers would pay to cross three Ohio River bridges at Louisville are dead.

Indiana state Sen. Ron Grooms,

a Clark County Republican, said Monday in an interview

that the bills he introduced earlier this month were referred

to the Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy and died

when the committee leadership recently decided not to call the bills for a hearing.

Grooms said the leadership is holding the bills in committee because their enactment would mean taking revenue from the state treasury.

Grooms' Senate Bill 228 would have allowed Hoosiers to deduct up to $500 on their annual state income tax payment for money spent on bridge tolls.

A companion measure, Senate Bill 229, would have allowed businesses to claim a state income tax credit of $500 to a maximum of $5,000 for any expenses related to paying bridge tolls.

Grooms said personal deduction claims would have required turning in bridge-toll receipts with the tax filings. Grooms said he never saw a calculation of what the exact impact on state revenue would be from the measures, but he said Senate Bill 228 might have affected about 5,000 commuters.

http://www.courier-j...-dead/79294458/


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 06:58 AM

Russell, could that be where a permit is not needed. I've heard talk of that.
I doubt they would give me back my permit money.

Your license to carry would still be valid, it would be needed for travels outside the state.

Constitutional carry would only apply within the states borders.


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Posted 30 January 2016 - 11:05 AM

The Senate's Tax and Fiscal Policy committee's quick dismissal of Sen. Grooms' toll break bill for some Hoosiers shows he has no clout in Indianapolis, even with his own party's hierarchy. What a shame.



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Posted 01 February 2016 - 09:19 AM

The Senate's Tax and Fiscal Policy committee's quick dismissal of Sen. Grooms' toll break bill for some Hoosiers shows he has no clout in Indianapolis, even with his own party's hierarchy. What a shame.

 

A bill that benefits only a couple counties is never going to fly with the entire legislature.  It has nothing to do with clout.  Grooms knew from the start that this bill would never pass.  It was a political stunt designed to convince voters that he's looking out for them.  It's a shame that he wasted the legislature's time for his own political gain. 



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Posted 01 February 2016 - 09:39 AM

What of the Constitutional Carry bill?

Dead in the water.

Never made it out of committee.



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Posted 01 February 2016 - 01:08 PM

Most  state legislatures consider local legislation. I agree submitting  the bill was a stunt. 



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Posted 05 February 2016 - 10:39 PM

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House Bill 100
House Bill (S)
DIGEST

Road funding.

Provides for the transfer

of the state's excess reserves

to the local road and bridge matching

grant fund and the state highway fund.

Provides that use tax collected on sales of gasoline

is distributed differently than ordinary sales and use tax collections.

Provides for income tax rate reductions for non-corporate taxpayers that are phased in from 2019 to 2025.

 

Provides that a county

may impose the county motor vehicle license excise surtax

and the county wheel tax

at higher rates if the county uses a transportation asset management plan

approved by the department.

 

Authorizes an eligible municipality to impose a municipal motor vehicle excise surtax and a municipal wheel tax.

 

Authorizes an adopting body of a county

to specify that a part of the county's local income tax revenue

is to be used for road and bridge projects.

 

Increases the gasoline tax from the current rate of 18 cents

per gallon to an indexed rate to be determined by the department of revenue.

 

Increases the special fuel tax from the current rate of 16 cents per gallon

to an indexed rate to be determined by the department of revenue.

 

Increases the motor carrier surcharge tax from the current rate of 11 cents per gallon to an indexed rate to be determined by the department of revenue.

 

Increases the cigarette tax to $1.995 per pack and uses the additional revenue for reimbursements of Medicaid providers.

Requires the department of revenue to study methods of indexing fuel tax rates and report to the interim study committee on roads and transportation. Provides that money that may be transferred from the major moves 2020 trust fund to the major moves construction fund in the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016, under current law may be transferred instead to the state highway fund and used for preserving and reconstructing existing roads and bridges for which the department is responsible.

Requires the department to seek a waiver from the Federal Highway Administration to toll lanes on Interstate 65, Interstate 70, and Interstate 80/94. Requires the department to conduct a feasibility study of tolling on those interstates. Establishes the local road and bridge matching grant fund. Requires a person who registers an electric vehicle to pay a supplemental registration fee of $100. Makes appropriations for various highway and bridge maintenance purposes. Appropriates $250,000 to the department for the local technical assistance program to develop a data collection system. Appropriates $2,000,000 to the state department of health for the tobacco use prevention and cessation program.

 

Repeals provisions requiring excess state reserves

in an odd-numbered state fiscal year to be used for an automatic taxpayer refund

and the pension stabilization fund.


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