Legislative Update - Week of January 31, 2021

Senate Bill 389 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/senate/389  Repeals the state regulated wetlands law. I can not figure out why this bill is so important that 17 Senators have authored or co authored this bill!!!!  Wetlands are a vital part of nature to help fight pollution.  We have lost so many of our wetlands that I would think it would be important to protect the wetlands.  One only has to look at the 303 d list of impaired waters in the state to see we have problems now.  Who will benefit from this repeal???  The bill will be up for 3rd reading and vote on Monday.  Please contact your Senator and express your thoughts.
 
Senate # 800-382-9467  Email S#@iga.in.gov  
 
Senate Bill 271  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/senate/271  This bill is scheduled for Hearing Feb 1 @ 11 am in the Senate Environmental Committee.  I have concerns regarding the change in the impaired waters.  List would not be posted in Indiana Register only on IDEM website and the public comment period is now at least 90 days and the comment period would be reduced to at least 45 days.  If you have concerns regarding this bill, please send your thoughts.  Sen Messmer S 48  Sen Niemeyer S 6 Sen Baldwin S 20
Sen Buck S 21 Sen Garten S 45  Sen Gaskill S 26  Sen Sandlin S 36 Sen Zay S 17   Sen Yoder S 40 Sen Niezgodski S 10 and Sen Tallian S 4
 
Senate Bill 29 has not been scheduled for a Hearing in Senate Ag Committee. Please encourage Senator Leising S 42 to hear this bill.
 
 
Senate Joint Resolution 14 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/resolutions/senate/joint/14  Senator Messmer and Senator Tomes have been added as Authors.  If you have not contacted Senator Bray and requested that he NOT hear this resolution, please do so.  Senator Bray This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
 
Senate Bill 411 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/senate/411 and House Bill 1380 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/house/1380  have not been scheduled for a Hearing.  Please watch the website as they could be added later this week.  We certainly do not need these bills.
 
I am not listing the other bills I sent last week as none were scheduled for Hearing as of today. I do want to mention another bill that was brought to my attention this week.  The bill will be heard on Monday, Feb 1st @8:30 am. Roads and Transportation Committee Rep Pressel Chr of Committee  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/house/1190  When I read this bill, even with very limited knowledge on the subject, I had questions and concerns.   My first concern is this safe? Are there any studies that show if allowing overweight trucks have caused more accidents.  Second, who will pay  if these trucks do damage the roads?   Third, I had read where approx 60 % of the bridges in Indiana are in fair to poor condition.  As a taxpayer, I have concerns that we the taxpayer will see an increase in taxes to keep bridges at least where they are now.  This appears to be a bill that should concern every driver and taxpayer.