Environmental and consumer advocates say they’re skeptical about whether lawmakers will take seriously a report providing a positive evaluation of the state’s now-eliminated energy efficiency program.
Last session, the legislature passed a bill eliminating the state’s energy efficiency program known as Energizing Indiana. It also mandated the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission create a report evaluating the effectiveness of the program.
The next showdown between the state and local governments over the business personal property tax will be at a blue ribbon commission studying the issue this summer.
The tax on is a levy on business equipment that generates a billion dollars a year for local governments.
Legislation passed this year allows local governments to either exempt new equipment from the business personal property tax, eliminate it on small businesses or abate the tax on specific projects for up to 20 years.
The proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage known as HJR-3 survived the 2014 session but not unscathed, losing its controversial second sentence. And it won’t be on the ballot this fall.
HJR-3’s second sentence, which banned civil unions, was removed by the House because of concerns it could prohibit domestic partnership benefits. The Senate opted against reinserting it. And the Senate ended debate on the issue this year Monday, passing HJR-3 32 to 17.
State lawmakers say the legislature could give Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne more autonomy and flexibility in funding and degree offerings.
A legislative study committee was tasked this year with investigating the governance structure of the state’s regional university campuses. And though its initial focus was broad, the committee has narrowed in on one location – IPFW, the state’s fifth largest college campus.
A bipartisan coalition of community, faith and business leaders opposing Indiana’s proposed amendment banning same sex marriage is promising a well-funded campaign against lawmakers who support the measure.
The General Assembly approved a constitutional amendment in 2011 banning same-sex marriage. The legislature must pass it again next year. Then it would go to the voters in the 2014 November general election.
The newly-formed Freedom Indiana is vowing to fight its passage.