The Capitol is hopping with all kinds of activity this week.
For starters, House Democrats broke their stalemate protest over
the GOP's right-to-work agenda which gummed up
floor activity last week in that chamber. They headed to the House floor Monday
Also big news for the week: Two leading
officials slated to leave office during 2012 will deliver their final landmark
Gov. Mitch Daniels
Mitch Danielswill deliver his eighth and final State of the State Address
at 7 p.m., Jan. 10.
Chief Justice Randall Shepard
Justice Randall Shepardwill give his twenty-fifth and final State of the Judiciary address
at 2 p.m., Jan 11. Shepard said he will
retire this spring.
This morning, the House Public Health
Committee heard the smoking ban bill proposed by Reps.
Turner and C. Brown and the Senate held committee meetings on several bills,
including efforts to tighten financial disclosures by local elected officials (SB0193)
and tweak the code on regulating underground storage tanks (SB0133).
This afternoon Gov. Daniels and select
senators will discuss an effort to deal with tax loopholes on Internet-based
purchases. Unpaid sales internet tax robs states of the
ability to collect millions in revenue and it sets up an uneven playing field
for brick-and-mortar-based competitors that must collect taxes and pay the
appropriate percentage to the Indiana Department of Revenue.
Among the items remaining on the docket
include: ongoing discussion of a bill advancing a statewide smoking ban in
public places, a bill exploring the rights of farmers weighed against those who
might want to sue them, and the annual legislative breakfast of the Indiana
Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) where lawmakers
will visit officials on the frontlines of grassroots conservation efforts in
all 92 counties.
Floor votes may happen in the Senate on
the human trafficking bill
trafficking bill, which advanced last week with the unanimous approval of
the Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters. The bill is
scheduled for a second reading when the Senate convenes Monday at 1:30 p.m.
An additional item of interest: Dave
White, chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service will speak at 11
a.m. during the IASWCD meeting at the Marriott.
Tues., Jan. 10:
— CAFO nuisance suits and meth
The House Agriculture and
Rural Development Committee, chaired by Rep. Don Lehe,
will meet at 8:30 a.m. in Room 156-C to hear a bill pertaining to establishing
appropriate consequences for frivolously suing or producing meth without
permission on Indiana farms.
"... provides that if a court finds that an agricultural operation that is
the subject of a nuisance action was not a nuisance and that the nuisance
action was frivolous, initiated maliciously, or groundless, the court: (1)
shall award the expenses of litigation, including reasonable attorney fees, to
the defendant in the action; and (2) may award the defendant punitive damages.
Allows an owner of real property that is used for agricultural purposes, who
has probable cause to believe that a specific individual is manufacturing
methamphetamine on the property, to detain the person."
The Senate Corrections,
Criminal, and Civil Matters Committee, chaired by Sen. Steel, will meet in Room
130 to discuss bills on animal
fighting contents (SB0011), eminent domain (SB0054), child support issues
(0018), knives with automatic blades (0006) and
funding of lawsuits (0005).
to meet: the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy and Homeland Security,
Transportation and Veterans Affairs Committees.
Wed., Jan. 11:
The Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee,
chaired by Rep. Cindy Noe, R-Indianapolis, will meet
at 10:30 AM in Room 156-A. Members will hear bills on adoption
history information (HB 1019
1019) and military custody and parenting time
matters (HB 1065).
Senate Committees scheduled to meet
Wednesday include judiciary, pensions and labor, health and provider services.
Some of the following bills will be heard:
Indiana public retirement system (SB 0127);
unemployment compensation (SB 0232); administration of public retirement plans (SB 0128)); reestablishment of FSSA (SB 0012);
cash assistance point of service and drug reports (SB 0013);
HIV testing (SB 0052); hospital assessment fee matters
(SB 0225); emergency ambulance services report (SB
0224); and state department of health matters (SB