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Bill Tracking

The bills listed below are the latest provided by the Association of Indiana Counties (AIC).  Clicking on the linked bills will take you to the Indiana General Assembly website, where the bills can be viewed and tracked.  You may need to create an account (free) before the bills can be viewed. 

2014 Legislative Report

Senate Bill 216 (DEAD) Environmental Crimes. Makes it a Class C misdemeanor for a person regulated under the air pollution control laws to knowingly violate certain air pollution control rules or to knowingly fail to file certain documents or maintain certain records required by the federal Clean Air Act. Makes it a Class C misdemeanor for a person regulated under the water pollution control laws to willfully or recklessly violate certain water pollution control rules or to negligently violate certain permit conditions or permit filing requirements. Makes a technical correction.

Senate Bill 217 Underground tank fee and drainage onsite reviews. Provides that if an underground storage tank consists of a single tank in which there are separate compartments, a separate annual registration fee shall be paid for each compartment within the single tank. Requires the owner of an underground storage tank to pay an annual registration fee for a calendar year if the underground storage tank is not closed before January 1 of that year. Requires the department of environmental management (instead of the department of state revenue) to collect the annual registration fee. Provides that: (1) for purposes of determining eligibility for payment of a tank owner's liability from the underground petroleum storage tank excess liability trust fund, only registration fees paid in 1991 or later shall be considered; (2) for the period preceding July 1, 2014, the payment of a single annual fee of $90 for a tank containing separate compartments shall be deemed to satisfy the annual fee requirements; and (3) IDEM is not required to pay any refunds to a tank owner that, before July 1, 2014, paid a separate registration fee for each compartment within a tank. Provides that a county surveyor planning to perform a regulated drain reconstruction or maintenance project shall request a review of the project but is not required to request an onsite field review.

Senate Bill 271 Water related study committee. Water related study committee responsibilities. Urges the legislative council to assign to the appropriate committee for the 2014 legislative interim the responsibility: (1) to receive testimony about a number of subjects related to water resources, including certain recommendations of the utility regulatory commission, the effect of water resource availability on state and regional economic development decisions, coordination of state government activities relating to water resources, and key elements that a state water plan should contain; and (2) to study the potential creation of a water institute and a water management authority.

Senate Bill 356 (DEAD) Water Management Authority. Establishes the water management authority as an agency of state government. Requires the governor to appoint an administrator of the authority (administrator). Provides for the adoption and implementation of a statewide water management plan. Provides that, upon adoption of the statewide water management plan, the administrator assumes powers and duties related to: (1) water rights and emergency regulation of surface and ground water; (2) potable water rights; (3) water resources management; (4) the Great Lakes compact; (5) reservoirs; (6) preservation and legal action concerning lakes; (7) flood control; (8) construction of channels; and (9) conservancy districts. Establishes one regional water management council for each of nine hydrological regions in Indiana. Provides for the designation of a drainage project as a "drainage project of water management importance" if it meets certain conditions, and provides that a permit from the administrator is required for such a project. Requires an agency that constructs and repairs highways to consult with the administrator to limit sedimentation. Defines "wetlands". Establishes a process under which a landowner may petition to prevent a drainage board from draining wetlands on the owner's land. Requires a drainage board, in determining the benefit from the construction of a drain, to take the benefit provided by wetlands into account.

Senate Bill 391 (DEAD) Statewide and regional water resource planning. Divides Indiana into nine hydrological regions, each of which contains certain specified counties. Establishes for each hydrological region: (1) a regional water management council consisting of the chairpersons of the drainage board and the soil and water conservation district of each county in the hydrological region; and (2) a regional water planning group consisting of the members of the regional water management council and six other members selected by majority vote of the regional water management council from individuals falling within certain interest categories. Requires each regional water planning group, every five years, to adopt a regional water resources plan for its hydrological region and to forward its regional water resources plan to the natural resources commission. Requires the natural resources commission, every five years, to adopt a comprehensive state water resources plan that incorporates the regional water resources plans of the regional water planning groups. Requires the director of the department of natural resources to establish a water resources information system to serve as a central clearinghouse and referral center for data relevant to Indiana's water resources.

House Bill 1086 (DEAD) Sales tax exemption for drainage water management system. Provides that a component of a drainage water management system intended for use on agricultural land used for crop production is exempt from sales tax if the person acquiring the component is engaged in the business of agriculture.

House Bill 1127 (DEAD) Actions against a surveyor. Provides that an action to recover damages for a deficiency in a land survey must be brought against the surveyor no later than 10 years after the date of the survey.

House Bill 1143 Environmental rules and standards. Prohibits the environmental rules board from adopting a rule or standard that is more stringent than the corresponding regulation or standard established under federal law. Makes corresponding changes in the law concerning the adoption of environmental rules.

House Bill 1295 (DEAD) Deed recording fees. Increases the deed recording fee collected by county recorders from $5 to $13. Distributes the deed recording fee as follows: $10 to the county surveyor's corner perpetuation fund; $2 to the recorder's record perpetuation fund; and $1 to the county elected officials training fund.

Laws Enacted

House Bill 1027 Civil immunity for services in emergency
House Bill 1169 Drainage Issues
House Bill 1289 Levee repair and reimbursement
House Bill 1333 County Officials' Training

Senate Bill 0524 Indiana-Michigan state boundary commission
Senate Bill 0558 Land Surveyors

Updated: March 26, 2013

For additional information, please contact Danielle Coulter at AIC.