Bill Watch List

The LUM Campaign for Hoosier Families is watching the progress of “bills” being considered by the Indiana State Legislature. (To learn more about any of these following bills, please visit: https://iga.in.gov.) The LUM Bill Watch List is as follows:


To learn more about any of these following bills, please visit: https://iga.in.gov


SB 276: Early Education grant pilot program

Expands the prekindergarten pilot program (pilot program) to include five additional counties. Expands the requirement that the office of the secretary of family and social services carry out a longitudinal study of students who participate in the pilot program to include the students in the five additional counties. Establishes the prekindergarten pilot program fund. Makes an appropriation to the prekindergarten pilot program fund in an amount of $20,000,000 from the state general fund for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, and for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018.
Committee: Senate Education & Senate Appropriations/ House Education
Last Action: Assigned to House Education Committee, awaiting hearing


SB 355: Child abuse education and policies

Child abuse education and policies. Requires, not later than July 1, 2018, the department of education (department) to make available model educational materials and model response policies and reporting procedures concerning child abuse and child sexual abuse to assist schools with the implementation of: (1) child abuse and child sexual abuse education programs in kindergarten through grade 12; and (2) child abuse and child sexual abuse response and reporting policies.

More information on this bill available at: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/senate/355
Committee: Senate Family & Children Services/ House Education
Last Action: Assigned to House Education Committee, awaiting hearing


SB 447: Child Services

Requires child abuse and neglect training for school employees. Allows the department of child services (department) to share costs incurred making new hires in accordance with federal law with the department of workforce development. Adds a definition of “concurrent planning”. Adds a definition of “nonwaivable offense” and makes conforming changes. Allows the department to pay the criminal background check fee in certain adoption cases. Prohibits the department from charging a fee for state tax offsets. Amends provisions concerning restricted driving licenses.
More information on this bill available at: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/senate/447
Committee: Senate Family & Children Services/ House Education
Last Action: Assigned to House Education Committee, awaiting hearing


SB 412: 529 education saving plans matters

Prohibits, unless otherwise provided under federal law, money in a 529 education savings account from being considered as a resource or asset in determining an applicant’s or recipient’s eligibility for: (1) certain public assistance programs; or (2) scholarships, grants, or awards administered by the commission for higher education.
Committee:
Senate Tax & Fiscal Policy/ House Education
Last Action: Passed on House Floor, returned to Senate without amendments


SB 9: SNAP and Drug Convictions

Specifies that, beginning January 1, 2018, Indiana elects to opt out of the federal law prohibiting individuals convicted of certain drug offenses from receiving supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) assistance.
Committee:
Senate Family & Children Services/ House Family, Children & Human Services
Last Action: Assigned to House Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee, awaiting hearing


SB 154: Expand SNAP eligibility

Removal of asset limits for SNAP eligibility. Requires the division of family resources to: (1) implement within the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) an expanded eligibility category under which an individual’s value of assets is not considered in determining SNAP eligibility; and (2) notify the United States Department of Agriculture of the implementation of expanded categorical eligibility under SNAP.
Committee:
Senate Family & Children Services/ House Family, Children & Human Services
Last Action: Assigned to House Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee, awaiting vote


SB 435: Mental Health education and screenings

Requires a school corporation’s health education curriculum to include mental health wellness education. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation may provide mental health screenings to students. Provides that the department of education shall provide a school corporation with resources regarding mental health wellness upon request by the school corporation.
Committee: Senate Family & Children Services
Last Action:
Assigned to House Education Committee, awaiting hearing


SB 63: Community mental health center telemedicine pilot

Establishes a two year community mental health center telemedicine pilot program (program) to be administered by the division of mental health and addiction (division). Provides that the purpose of the program is to provide mental health counseling and services to children through the use of telemedicine. Sets forth requirements for the program and for participation in the program. Requires the reporting of certain information. Allows a physician providing telemedicine services in the program to prescribe any prescription drug for a patient that is within the physician’s scope of practice for the treatment of the patient’s mental health. Specifies that the physician may not prescribe an abortion inducing drug. Requires the division to submit a report to the general assembly concerning the effectiveness of the program. Specifies that a physician is not required to have a prior established physician-patient relationship in order to provide telemedicine services in Indiana.
Committee:
Senate Health and Providers Services/ House Public Health
Last Action: Assigned to House Public Health Committee, awaiting hearing


SB 506: Suicide prevention programming

Requires the division of mental health and addiction to: (1) establish a psychiatric crisis intervention pilot program; (2) develop a statewide program for suicide prevention; and (3) employ a coordinator of the statewide program for suicide prevention. Requires certain licensed professionals to annually complete suicide awareness training. Requires school employees to complete child suicide awareness and prevention training every five years. Requires approved postsecondary educational institutions to adopt a policy concerning suicide information and resources. Makes an appropriation.
Committee:
Senate Health and Providers Services/ House Public Health
Last Action: Assigned to House Public Health Committee, awaiting hearing


SB 446: Residential substance abuse treatment

Establishes an opioid addiction recovery pilot program (program) to assist pregnant women and women with newborns, with an opioid addiction by providing treatment in a residential care facility and home visitation services following discharge from the residential care facility. Provides that the program is administered by the department of health. Provides that the program shall include three facilities and that medication assisted treatment may be used when appropriate. Makes an appropriation.
Committee:
Senate Family & Children Services, Appropriations/ House Public Health
Last Action: Passed House Committee, awaiting second reading


SB 243: Substance abuse program

Specifies that the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse: (1) shall meet at the call of the chairperson, but at least four times in a calendar year; and (2) shall approve requests for substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. Subject to the approval of the commission, establishes the physician waiver training reimbursement pilot program (pilot program) to reimburse qualified physicians who undergo certain training, for the purpose of increasing the number of physicians in Indiana allowed under the federal Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 to prescribe certain controlled substances to treat opioid dependency in settings other than an opioid treatment program.
More information on this bill available at: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/senate/243
Committee: Senate Health and Providers Services/ House Public Health
Last Action: Passed House Committee, awaiting second reading


SB 510: Substance abuse pilot program

Provides that the board of county commissioners of Allen County may enter into an agreement with an entity to administer a substance abuse pilot program and must inform the budget agency of the entity designated to administer the pilot program. Specifies that the entity that agrees to administer the pilot program may not expend money appropriated from the state general fund unless the entity raises at least $1,500,000 before July 1, 2018. Makes an appropriation.
Committee:
Senate Appropriations/ House Public Health
Last Action: Passed House Committee, awaiting second reading


SB 242: Indiana housing first program for eligible homeless

Indiana housing first program. Establishes the Indiana housing first program (program) to provide housing and support services for eligible homeless persons. Requires the housing and community development authority (authority) to administer the program. Requires the authority to establish, not later than January 1, 2018, policies and procedures to implement and administer the program.
Committee:
Senate Local Government/ House Family, Children & Human Affairs
Last Action: Assigned to House Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee, awaiting hearing


SB 231: Crisis Intervention and Substance abuse programs

Provides that the chairperson of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse is a member appointed by the governor who is either the executive director for drug prevention, treatment, and enforcement or a member of the governor’s staff. Specifies that the commission: (1) shall meet at the call of the chairperson, but at least four times in a calendar year; and (2) shall approve requests for substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. Transfers the administration of the technical assistance center for crisis intervention teams from the Indiana criminal justice institute to the Indiana law enforcement training board. Provides that the commission may make grants of up to $300,000 annually to the law enforcement training board to carry out the purposes of the technical assistance center.

Committee: Senate Homeland Security/ Appropriations/ House Public Health
Last Action: Assigned to House Public Health Committee, awaiting hearing


SB 526: Child care tax credit

Provides a refundable child care tax credit against state income tax liability if the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income for the taxable year is not more than $37,000. Provides that the credit is equal to the lesser of: (1) an amount ranging from $50 to $500, depending on the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income; or (2) 20% of the taxpayer’s employment related child care expenses.
Committee:
Senate Tax & Fiscal Policy
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


SB 11: Coverage for abuse deterrent opioids

Requires that, if an abuse deterrent opioid analgesic is available with a certain active ingredient, state employee health plans, policies of accident and sickness insurance, and health maintenance organization contracts must provide coverage for at least one abuse deterrent opioid analgesic that provides that active ingredient.
Committee: Senate Health and Providers Services
 Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


SB 445: Opiate addiction treatment pilot program

Establishes the regional opiate addiction treatment pilot program (program) administered by the division of mental health and addiction (division). Sets forth requirements to participate in the program. Requires the division to submit a report concerning the program to the legislative council not later than September 15, 2017.
Committee:
Senate Health and Providers Services
Last Action:
Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


SB 419: Community mental health centers

Removes requirements for administrative rules concerning geographic primary service areas for community mental health centers.
Committee:
Senate Health and Providers Services
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


SB 240: Indiana School Counseling Pilot Program

Establishes the Indiana school counseling pilot program, which authorizes the state superintendent of public instruction to select school corporations and charter schools from urban, suburban, and rural areas to apply for and receive grants from the department of education (department) to develop and implement school counseling programs. Establishes a fund, administered by the department, to provide grants to participating schools and to carry out or contract for research concerning school counseling programs. Makes an appropriation.
Committee:
Senate Education
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


SB 325: Voluntary pre-k program

Voluntary prekindergarten program. Establishes the voluntary prekindergarten program. Establishes the voluntary prekindergarten program fund. Makes an appropriation from the state general fund to fund the voluntary prekindergarten program in an amount not to exceed: (1) $2,500,000 for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017; (2) $148,000,000 for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018; and (3) $176,000,000 for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019. Repeals provisions concerning the following: (1) The early education matching grant program. (2) The early education grant pilot program.
Committee:
Senate Education
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


SB 434: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Child sexual abuse prevention. Requires the department of child services to administer services and programs for the: (1) prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation; and (2) treatment and assistance for victims of child sexual abuse and the families of victims of child sexual abuse.
Committee:
Senate Family & Children Services
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


SB 369: Eligibility for Child Care Voucher

Provides that beginning October 1, 2017, a child who is otherwise eligible for participation in the federal Child Care and Development Fund voucher program may continue to participate unless the child’s family income exceeds the greater of 250% of the federal income poverty level or 85% of the state median income for the same size family.
Committee:
Senate Family & Children Services
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


SB 89: Health education

Requires the state department of health and the department of education, working cooperatively, to identify and report to the general assembly appropriate academic standards and curricula concerning health education.
Committee:
Senate Health and Providers Services
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1004: Prekindergarten education

Allows the division of family resources (division) to award an early education matching grant to an eligible potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider that: (1) submits an expansion plan to the division that details the potential eligible provider’s or existing eligible provider’s plan to: (A) increase the capacity of providers of eligible services to serve a greater number of eligible children; (B) increase the number of providers of eligible services; or (C) increase capacity of and increase the number of providers; and (2) meets certain other requirements.
More information on this bill available at: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1004
Committee: House Education/ Senate Education
Last Action: Passed Senate Education, reassigned to Appropriations, awaiting vote


HB 1430: Staff training concerning youth suicide

Provides that, after June 30, 2018, each school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school shall require certain school employees to attend or participate in at least two hours of evidence based inservice youth suicide awareness and prevention training every two school years.
Committee: House Education/ Senate Education
Last Action: Passed Senate Committee, amended, awaiting second reading


HB 1136: Latch key Programs

Latch key programs. Requires a charter school to offer latch key programs. Provides that a school corporation or charter school may include children who attend preschool offered by the school corporation in a school age child care program (commonly referred to as a latch key program) conducted by the school corporation or charter school.
Committee:
House Education/ Senate Education
Last Action: Passed on Senate Floor, referred to House with amendments


HB 1287: CHOICE Programs (school vouchers)

Amends the definition of “case management” and “eligible individual” for purposes of the community and home options to institutional care for the elderly and disabled program (CHOICE program). Provides that under the CHOICE program the division of aging (division): (1) must establish a cost participation schedule for each eligible individual; (2) may reverify certain eligible individuals; and (3) may not require a family member or other person to provide services as a condition of eligibility. Requires the division to collaborate with area agencies on aging to develop a needs based assessment tool and policies for the CHOICE program.
Committee:
House Family, Children and Human Affairs/ Senate Family and Children Services
Last Action: Passed on Senate Floor, referred to House with amendments


HB 1438: Syringe exchange programs

Allows a county or municipality to approve the operation of a syringe exchange program (program). Allows a program to be renewed for not longer than two years. Requires a program to keep a sufficient quantity of an overdose intervention drug in stock to administer when needed. Requires the state health commissioner to receive written notice when a program is renewed, expired, or terminated or if the qualified entity operating the program changes. Extends the law concerning programs until July 1, 2021.
Committee:
House Public Health/ Senate Health and Provider Services
Last Action: Passed Senate Committee, awaiting second reading


HB 1337: Telemedicine matters

Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning (office) to reimburse any Medicaid provider (not only specified providers) for Medicaid covered services provided through the use of telemedicine services if certain requirements are met. Prohibits the office from setting any distance restrictions under Medicaid on telehealth services and telemedicine services. Requires reimbursement for telemedicine services under the healthy Indiana plan.
Committee:
House Public Health/ Senate Health and Provider Services
Last Action: Assigned to Senate Health and Provider Services Committee, awaiting vote


HB 1439: FSSA Matters

Allows a Medicaid recipient who is incarcerated to have the recipient’s Medicaid suspended for up to two years instead of one year before terminating the recipient’s Medicaid eligibility.
Committee:
House Public Health/ Senate Health and Provider Services
Last Action: Passed Senate Committee, awaiting second reading


HB 1014: Redistricting commission

Redistricting commission. Establishes a redistricting commission (commission) to create, hold hearings on, take public comment about, and recommend plans to redraw general assembly districts and congressional districts. Requires the legislative services agency (agency) to provide staff and administrative services to the commission. Establishes standards to govern the commission and the agency in the creation of redistricting plans. Provides that the general assembly must meet and enact redistricting plans before October 1 of a redistricting year. Authorizes the general assembly to convene in a session to act on redistricting bills at times other than the times the general assembly is currently authorized to meet. Repeals the current law establishing a redistricting commission for congressional redistricting. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the special interim study committee on redistricting.)
Committee:
House Elections & Apportionment
Last Action: Bill is dead.


HB 1060: Healthy Food Financing program

Healthy food financing program. Establishes the healthy food financing fund (fund) and healthy food financing program (program) under the administration of the Indiana housing and community development authority (IHCDA). Provides that the purpose of the fund is to provide financing in the form of loans or grants for projects that increase the availability of fresh and nutritious food in underserved communities.
Committee:
House Ways and Means
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead

HB 1397: Work opportunity grant program

Creates the work opportunity grant program (program) to provide grants to employers that continue to employ certain eligible employees into a second year of employment. Provides that the department of workforce development administers the program. Creates a purchasing preference for employers that are awarded a grant under the program.
Committee:
House Ways and Means
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead


HB 1135: Dental recruitment program

Establishes a dental recruitment fee of $10 for dental hygienists and $20 for dentists to be paid in addition to the license renewal fee. Requires that the recruitment fee must be deposited in the Indiana dental recruitment fund. Amends the requirements for a dental recruitment grant (grant) to provide that a dentist must commit to working four years in an underserved area or as a minority dentist in Indiana and meet other requirements for a yearly grant.
Committee:
House Public Health, Ways and Means
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead


HB 1542: Emergency medication in schools

Defines “emergency medication” as albuterol, epinephrine, or naloxone. Allows a school or school corporation to: (1) fill a prescription for an emergency medication; and (2) store the emergency medication. (Current law allows a school to fill a prescription for auto-injectable epinephrine and store the auto-injectable epinephrine.)
Committee:
House Public Health
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1151: SNAP Benefits

Removes the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) requirements for reentry court program participants. Provides that individuals who were receiving SNAP through a reentry court program continue to receive SNAP until the individual: (1) no longer meets the SNAP eligibility requirements; or (2) has received SNAP for the maximum period allowed. Allows individuals convicted of a drug offense to be eligible to participate in SNAP under the federal opt out option.
Committee: House Family, Children and Human Affairs
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1399: Low Cost Food Plan

Requires the division of family resources to calculate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for and distribute SNAP benefits to eligible recipients using the low cost food plan developed by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Committee:
House Family, Children and Human Affairs
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1425: Fresh food initiative (food deserts)

Establishes the food desert grant and loan program (program) within the state department of health’s division of nutrition and physical activity (division) to assist new businesses, existing businesses, and other legal entities to offer fresh and unprocessed foods within a food desert.
Committee:
House Family, Children and Human Affairs
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1282: Social work and substance abuse prevention

Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services (office of the secretary) to implement an evidence based model of social work and substance abuse prevention that includes partnering with elementary and high schools to provide social and emotional support services to children, parents, caregivers, teachers, and the community. Requires the office of the secretary to contract with an entity to implement the evidence based model, and sets forth requirements that the contractor must meet. Makes an annual appropriation.
Committee:
House Family, Children and Human Affairs
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1022: Indiana housing first program

Establishes the Indiana housing first program (program) to provide housing and support services for eligible homeless persons. Requires the housing and community development authority (authority) to administer the program. Requires the authority to establish, not later than January 1, 2018, policies and procedures to implement and administer the program.
More information on this bill available at: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1022
Committee: House Family, Children and Human Affairs
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1553: Employment of individuals with disabilities

Provides that the policy (policy) of the state is to promote competitive and integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age. Provides that the policy applies to programs and agencies that provide services and support to help obtain employment for individuals with disabilities. Provides that the primary objective and preferred outcome of transition services provided as part of a special education program or related services to a child with a disability who is at least 14 years of age is to assist the child in obtaining competitive and integrated employment.
Committee:
House Family, Children and Human Affairs
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1653: Adult protective services

Authorizes law enforcement officers and adult protective services units to take endangered adults into emergency custody under certain conditions, and requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to make emergency housing available for endangered adults taken into emergency custody. Requires adult protective services unit members to receive continuing education, and specifies minimum staffing levels for adult protective services units. Requires adult protective services units to provide body armor for adult protective services investigators. Authorizes adult protective services investigators to carry a handgun.
Committee:
House Family, Children and Human Affairs
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1544: Coverage for abuse deterrent opioids

Requires that, if an abuse deterrent opioid analgesic is available with a certain active ingredient, state employee health plans, policies of accident and sickness insurance, and health maintenance organization contracts must provide coverage for at least one abuse deterrent opioid analgesic that provides that active ingredient.
Committee:
House Insurance
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1146: Nonaddictive substance abuse drugs and Medicaid

Specifies that long acting, nonaddictive medication assistance treatment drugs are included within prescribed drugs as a Medicaid service and the office of Medicaid policy and planning may not require prior authorization for the drug.
Committee:
House Public Health
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1614: Early Education grant pilot program

Early education grant pilot program. Provides that the early education grant pilot program (program) may include eligible providers in any county. (Current law provides that the program may include eligible providers in not more than five counties.)
Committee:
House Education
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1385: Dual language pilot program

Dual language pilot program. Provides that $25,000 is the maximum grant a school corporation or charter school may receive under the dual language immersion pilot program.
Committee:
House Education
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1291: School policies on reporting child abuse or neglect

School policies on reporting child abuse or neglect. Provides that a school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school may not establish an internal policy or procedure that in any way restricts or delays a duty to report child abuse or neglect. Provides that an individual who knowingly establishes a policy or procedure that restricts or delays a duty to report child abuse or neglect commits a Class B misdemeanor.
Committee:
House Education
Last Action:
Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


HB 1509: Mental health and addiction services pilot program

Authorizes the division of mental health and addiction (division), beginning January 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2019, to operate a pilot program under which mental health and addiction forensic treatment services are provided to individuals who are charged with a misdemeanor offense. Requires the division to report its findings concerning the pilot program to the justice reinvestment advisory council. Urges the legislative council to assign to the interim study committee on corrections and criminal code for study during the 2017 interim the topic of extending mental health and addiction forensic treatment services to individuals in the criminal justice system: (1) who: (A) are charged with a misdemeanor offense; or (B) have a prior misdemeanor conviction; and (2) who have been placed in or are eligible for placement in a pretrial services program, a community corrections program, a prosecuting attorney’s diversion program, or jail.
Committee:
House Courts and Criminal Code
Last Action: Not scheduled for committee hearing- bill is dead.


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