Legislation Alerts

Hearing Date Set for HB1381 - April 1, 2021 - Commercial Wind and Solar Siting Standards

Scheduled to be heard by the Senate Committee on Utilities on April 1, 2021, 9:00 am, Room 130 of the Statehouse:


Legislative News - March 28, 2021

Legislators contact information: 
House 800-382-9841  (R)
House 800-382-9842  (D) 
Senate 800-382-9467 
Senate Bill 389
Senate Bill 389 was heard in Committee last week.  There was several people who testified against the bill and the amendments.  No vote was taken. I do not see that the Environmental Committee is scheduled for a Meeting at this time but please keep checking the website for meeting updates.  Please keep up the emails and phone calls to make your voices heard against this bill. Rep Gutwein H 16 is Chr. of Committee. Please email or call your Rep and let them know your thoughts on this bill.
Senate Bill 271
Senate Bill 271 will be heard in Ways and Means Committee on March 31 @ 2:30  Rep T Brown is Chr.  R 41
House Bill 1123
House Bill 1123 is scheduled for Third Reading and Vote on March 29th.
There are amendments to this bill that you may want to read.
House Bill 1381
This is the bill that removes some local control on wind and solar farms.  I feel all control of wind and solar should be under local control. Let the people decide if they want them in their county.  They are the people who must live and work around them. This bill was referred to the Utilities Committee. At this time, there is no meeting scheduled.  Senator Koch is Chr.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
House Bill 1337
Bill is still in Committee.  Another bill to remove local control  Two bills to remove a portion of local control are two bills too many.
Please read this bill carefully as an amendment was added.
House Bill 1190

Legislative Alert - March 14 2021

House Bill 1123 has been in Committee with  a lot testimony.  The bill is in response to  when the General Assembly should be called back in session in case of another pandemic etc.
In a conversation with my intern this week we were wondering the cost of a session of the General Assembly.   She did research and I am including the link that not only has Indiana but all the states. I found it very interesting. After reading the information, I was thinking how much an extra session would cost the taxpayers. Of course this would only be one part of the puzzle.
https://www.ncsl.org/research/about-state-legislatures/2020-legislator-compensation.aspx   Indiana $27,204 salary plus $184 perDiem unvouchered expense -very interesting to review different states and see their costs. Please keep in mind the length of time that they meet each year. Indiana has a long session one year and a short session the next year. Not sure what other states do.
House Bill 271  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/senate/271  This bill will be heard in the House Environmental Committee on March 15 @10:30.  Rep Gutwein This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    As I have stated in past emails, I do have some concerns with this bill.  I see on the schedule it is listed as testimony-amend-vote.  I suspect the amemdments could be good or bad.  If you have time to watch the meeting it should be interesting. 
House Bill 1381  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/house/1381   This is the bill regarding wind and solar and local control.  I reread the bill and there have been several amendments added to the bill.  I suggest you talk to your local county officials. I suspect they would know if they feel local control is still under attack. When reading the bill I noticed there would need to be changes to the home rule. Not sure why we need this bill?? Has been referred to Utilities Committee but was not scheduled for a Hearing.
House Bill 1337   http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/house/1337   Another bill of concern for local control.  As I have stated in the past, one item at a time we can lose local control and this should be a concern to everyone.  Referred to Local Government and at this time is not scheduled for Hearing.  Please check back on Committee as could be scheduled the first of the week.  Senator Buck is Chr. of Committee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
House Bill 1190 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/house/1190    Overweight Truck Bill is to be heard in Homeland Security and Transportation Committee Tuesday March 16th @ 9:30  If you have issues with this bill please call or email Senator Crider This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Senate Bill 389  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/senate/389   Is not scheduled for a Hearing at this time.  I am concerned that this repeal of our state wetlands law could be added to another bill in an amendment.  We need to be watchful.  Bill was assigned to House Environmental Affairs.  Rep Gutwein This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please email or call his office  that this bill is not heard or added to another bill.
Since the two bills are being heard early in the week and if they pass Committee they could be up for Second Reading this week. At Second reading there could also be amendments so please keep checking on the bills.  You may need to contact your Senator or Rep this week.
Senate 800-382-9467  S#@iga.in.gov   House 800-382-9841 R  House 800-382-9842 D  R#@in.gov 

Legislative Alerts - March 21, 2021

Legislative News.  
Contact your Legislators:  House R 800-382-9841  House D 800-382-9842  
Senate 800-382-9467
Senate Bill 389 is to be heard in Committee on Monday Morning.  Please read the attachment on this email for more information.  This is a terrible bill. Please call or email Rep Gutwein This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  even if you have emailed or called him earlier.  We need to stop this bill. I know  every environmental organization is fighting this bill.  I am hearing that there may be an amendment on this bill. My thought is there is no amendment that is going to make this bill worth law.  Best to just let this bill die in Committee.  Please read Article regarding US projects to restore wetlands in articles below.  We the taxpayers will be paying to restore these wetlands and yet some of Indiana lawmakers want Senate Bill 389 to become law!
Here is the link to the Members of the House Environmental Committee-please read and if your Rep is on this Committee, please contact them before the meeting on Monday morning.  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/committees/environmental_affairs_0700 
Senate Bill 271  had passed Committee and now has been sent to Ways and Means due to House Rule 127.  As I have mentioned before I do have some reservations on this bill.
House Bill 1123 passed in Committee with amendments.  At this time, it is not scheduled for Second Reading.
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/house/1381    This bill would remove local control on a portion of the wind and solar farms.  It is not a good bill.  Each County should have the right to decide if they want the wind and solar farms.  It is not scheduled for a Hearing at this time but Committee on Utilities will meet March 25th.  My farm is very close to a wind farm. There are not birds as there were before the turbines. The hum of the blades is very loud at times and when mowing the barn lots and roadsides the shadows are very distracting.  Our Legislators will not be the ones working near them or at least most will not so I question why they should even want to take away any local control on this issue. 
House Bill 1337 
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/house/1337  Another bill that would infringe on local control!!! This bill is still in Committee.
House Bill 1190 This bill is still in Committee.  My intern checked IL and OH rules and I have included the links.  Overweight trucks can and are a safety concern.

Legislative Alerts - March 7, 2021

As of now none of the bills listed below are scheduled for a Hearing.  We have time to contact the Committee Chr. and ask they not hear the bill.
The first two bills listed will have an impact on local control by our counties.  We need to keep local control.
House Bill 1381
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/house/1381    Please see the attachment on this email regarding House Bill 1381. Each county should have control over where the citizens want or do not want wind and solar farms. 
 (https://www.ncsl.org/research/energy/state-wind-energy-siting.aspx).  Referred to Senate but I did not find a Committee.
House Bill 1337 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/house/1337   This bill would also reduce local control of Area Planning. Bill Referred to Local Government Committee.  Senator Buck is Chairman. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   If you do not want to lose local control, please email Senator Buck your thoughts. Or you can call and talk to his Legislative Assistant. 
House Bill 1190 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/house/1190    I still have issues with the bill even as changes have been made. Please read the bill to see how many overweight truck permits can be issued!  Also reports must be filed with the State Police regarding the number of accidents caused by the trucks. I am sure none of us want to be part of that report!  Referred to Homeland Security and Transportation.  Senator Crider is Committee Chr.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Please contact him with your thoughts.
Senate Bill 389 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/senate/389  This bill has been referred to House Environmental Affairs.  Rep Gutwein is Committee Chr. I was pleased to see this horrible bill has received national attention.  Thanks to the 11 year old who posted on Change.  We all need to be more protective of the environment.  Rep Gutwein email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Please contact Rep Gutwein and ask him NOT to hear this bill.
Senate Bill 271 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/senate/271    I still have problems with this bill as I have mentioned in other emails.  IDEM does need to be involved. This bill was also referred to the House Environmental Committee. Please contact Rep Gutwein with your thoughts.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Phone  Senate 800-382-9467   House R 800-382-9841  House D 800-382-984