Invision 2020 2018 interim study committee assignments

2018 interim study committee assignments

On Tuesday, members of the Indiana General Assembly met to assign public policy topics to be considered for interim study committees. The Legislative Council, a bipartisan committee composed of leaders from both chambers met to discuss study-topics and to make formal assignments to standing interim committees. These committees will meet throughout the summer and fall of 2018 and allow legislators to take a deep dive into important and complicated issues that could not be addressed this session, and make recommendations on legislation going into the 2019 session.

Many of the items assigned to committee were supported by the members of the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus. However, three specific topics championed by caucus members will be examined during the interim. These topics are: The economic study of the City of Gary, Indiana, the study of bias motivated crimes and the study of medical marijuana in Indiana.

Information on each interim committee, such as meeting dates times, and agendas can be found by clicking here.

Below is a comprehensive list of each Interim Study Committee and the topics that each has been charged to study.

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Regulation of industrial hemp, industrial hemp products and the manufacture of low THC hemp extract; excluding issues related to medical marijuana. (Source: Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 52-2018)

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Maximizing the underutilized economic resources of Gary, Indiana. (Source: Senate Resolution (SR) 24)

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON CORRECTIONS AND CRIMINAL CODE
A multi-year review of current trends with respect to criminal behavior, sentencing, incarceration and treatment and particular needs of the criminal justice system. (SEA 4-2018)

Topics related to human trafficking and steps the State of Indiana can take to address and combat the issue. (Source: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1270-2018; Letter from Rep. Siegrist.)

Bias motivated crimes (Source: SR 60; HCR 70.)

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON COURTS AND THE JUDICIARY
All requests for new courts or changes in jurisdiction of existing courts. (Source: Personnel Subcommittee of the Legislative Council.)

Issues related to technology used by the Department of Child Services (DCS) such as a review of the adequacy of the statewide computer system used by DCS to monitor receipt and disbursement of child support payments and the estimated cost to update or replace the statewide computer system. (Source: HEA 1406-2018.)

Other issues related to the Department of Child Services that have been brought to light since the resignation of former director Mary Beth Bonaventura. (Source: SR 14.)

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Autism and public education. (Source: SR 21.)

The topic of career counseling in elementary and high schools during the 2018 through 2020 interims. Topics to be studied will include funding for a school corporation’s counseling, the workload of a school counselor, and the impact of multiple graduation pathways on school counselors. (Source: HEA 1426-2018.)

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON ENERGY, UTILITIES, AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
The topics of the Indiana “Do Not Call List,” the regulation of automatic dialing machines, as well as the study changes in technology allowing for “robocalls, telephone solicitation, and cyber-security. (Source: HB 1102-2018, as introduced.)

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON FISCAL POLICY
Allocation of local income tax revenue when taxing units reorganize (Source: Engrossed House Bill (EHB) 1104-2018, as reprinted February 28, 2018.)

Issues related to the collection and the allocation of local property taxes and income taxes in Lake and St. Joseph counties. As well as the eligibility of local taxpayers to apply for property tax relief credits when taxes are incurred due to a local referendum. (Source: EHB 1104-2018, as reprinted February 28, 2018.)

The fiscal, economic and workforce development impact of Indiana smoking rates. (Source: HR 57.)

The topics of tax collection for short-term rentals (Air BnB or VRBO-style rentals). (Source: SEA 349-2018.)

Collecting and remitting state taxes regarding activity related to the peer-to-peer sharing economy. (Source: SEA 349-2018.)

The establishment of a regional development tax credit and the inclusion of property assessed as residential property in a property tax allocation area. (Source: SEA 353-2018.)

Issues related to College Choice 529 savings plans. (Source: EHB 1039-2018, as printed February 28, 2018.)

Whether enhanced funding for Level 6 felons in county jails would assist in regional jail financing. (Source: HEA 1263-2018.)

A multi-year review, analysis and evaluation of all tax incentives. (Source: Indiana Code (IC) 2-5- 3.2-1.)

Biennial review of tax expenditures. (Source: IC 2-5-3.2-2.)

A multi-year review, analysis and evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of workforce related programs. (IC 2-5-42.4-6; HEA 1002-2018.)

Alcoholic beverage excise tax collections by industry sector (e.g., out-of-state shippers, wholesale, retail, craft distilleries, breweries, etc.) and the use of technology to improve revenue compliance and reporting processes. (Source: Personnel Subcommittee of the Legislative Council.)

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT
Study the effectiveness and need for public notices in newspapers under IC 5-3. (Source: HEA 1004- 2018.)

Consolidate and revise statutes governing state and local governmental public works projects (Source: Recommendation in Final Report of the Interim Study Committee on Government (9/20/2016)).

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON PENSION MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT
Review the topic of increases in the monthly benefit paid to a surviving spouse of a 1977 pension fund member who dies other than in the line of duty, as well as the process by which a 1977 fund member is determined to be entitled to receive a disability benefit. (Source: SB 195-2018, as printed January 26, 2018.)

All requests for changes in public pension programs. (Source: Personnel Subcommittee of the Legislative Council.)

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, AND HUMAN SERVICES
Issues related to the use of medical marijuana (Source: HR 2.)

Examine the impact that opioid treatment programs have on the neighborhoods and communities in the immediate area of the opioid treatment programs. (Source: HEA 1007-2018.)

The impact that joining the nurse licensure compact would have on the delivery of nursing services to residents of Indiana. (Source: HEA 1317-2018.)

Study the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as far as work requirements, eligibility, monitoring and verification of recipients.

A study of the conditions to receive benefits from Medicaid: (Source: HEA 1285-2018.)

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC POLICY
Whether an operator of, or a worker at, a charity gaming event (other than a full-time employee of the qualified organization conducting the event) may receive remuneration or a meal for conducting or assisting in conducting the event (Source: SEA 134-2018.)

Potential fiscal impact to governmental entities and the existing gaming industry that sports wagering might have in Indiana and its potential impact on professional and collegiate sports (Source: Personnel Subcommittee of the Legislative Council.)

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
Licensure policies, practices, administrative rules and state laws that affect professional licensing for transitioning military persons and their spouses. (Source: HB 1211 (introduced version.)

The construction of an injured public safety officer monument (Source: HEA 1193-2018.)

The feasibility of establishing and administering an electronic system to provide the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs, in collaboration with the National Guard (as defined in IC 10-16-1-13), with criminal case information, creating a link across various agencies and programs. (Source: HEA 1402-2018.)

INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE ON ROADS AND TRANSPORTATION
Studying vehicle right of use subscription programs (Source: HEA 1195-2018.)

Advising the Bureau of Motor Vehicles regarding the suitability of special groups to have a special group recognition license plate. (Source: IC 2-5-1.3-13; IC 9-18.5-12.)