Bill Watch 2018

The 2018 Indiana General Assembly will reconvene on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

I.) The Hoosier Environmental Council’s Anticipated Areas of Focus for the 2018 Session

(We will update this page with specific bills as they are filed.)

A.) Protecting Hoosiers from Factory Farm Pollution 

Air pollution & water pollution arising from manure dumps & manure-laden farm fields pose health and quality of life challenges for those who live downwind/downstream from these dumps/farmfields.  Learn more about the significant impacts of polluting industrial livestock operations here – and about alternatives here.

B.) Enacting Redistricting Reform 

Gerrymandering of legislative districts depresses voting, discourages civic activity, and favors the election of ideologues over problem solvers.   Learn about why redistricting reform matters for environmental protection, and how you can get involved to enact redistricting reform.

C.) Safeguarding Drinking Water 

Safe and clean drinking water should be a right of all people, yet there are pockets of urban and rural Indiana where Hoosiers face threats to private drinking water wells, whether from coal ash dumps, industrial livestock operations, or abandoned contaminated properties.  Learn more about how HEC is pushing to safeguard this precious resource by seeking to secure more funds for Indiana’s environmental protection agency, IDEM.

D.) Preserving State Forestland 

Just 0.69% of Indiana’s total land area is publicly-owned state forestland.  And yet Indiana has substantially increased the logging of this tiny footprint over the last decade.  Learn about the ongoing quest to adopt a law that sets aside — as wilderness that is untouched by logging — a portion of our state forests.

E.) Reducing Barriers to Solar 

After the passage of SB 309, the anti-rooftop solar bill from last legislative session, it may seem as if the future of customer-owned rooftop solar is very dim in Indiana. But there is a promising, new initiative to expand solar throughout the state! Learn more here.

II.) Take Your Advocacy to the Next Level!

A.) For more information on how to be an effective advocate, please review our Legislative Advocacy Guide here.

B.) To get even more involved, please consider joining our volunteer program, the HEC Environmental Advocates.  For more information and upcoming trainings, please click here.

C.) Are you interested in hosting an event in your community where you can inform family, friends, and your community about leading environmental issues and solutions?   Consider hosting a Greening Your Community event.  To learn more, please click here.

D.) Attend one of the Third House events listed below and stay informed and in touch with your legislators!

BloomingtonBloomington Legislative Preview1/12/1811:30 am - 1:00 pmBloomington Country Club, 3000 S Rogers St, Bloomington, IN 47403
Columbus, Bartholomew CountyColumbus Third House1/22/187:30 - 8:30 amCity Hall, 123 Washington Street 2nd Floor, Cal Brand Meeting Room
Columbus, Bartholomew CountyColumbus Third House1/29/187:30 - 8:30 amCity Hall, 123 Washington Street 2nd Floor, Cal Brand Meeting Room
Elkhart CountyElkhart Third House Town Hall Forum1/20/1810:00 - 11:30 amGreater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, 418 S Main St, Elkhart, IN
Elkhart CountyGoshen Third House1/19/188:00 - 9:00 amGoshen Chamber of Commerce, 232 South Main St., Goshen, IN 46526
EvansvilleMeet Your Legislators1/13/189:00 - 11:00 amEvansville Central Library
Grant CountyThird House Session1/20/188:00 - 9:30 amMarion City Hall Council Chambers, 301 South Branson St, Marion, IN
GreenwoodLegislative Matters Luncheon1/12/1811:30 am - 1:00 pmValle Vista Golf & Conference Center, 755 E Main St, Greenwood, IN 46143
Hamilton CountyLegislative Breakfast1/12/187:30 - 9:00 amConner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN
Hendricks CountyHendricks County Legislative Breakfast1/29/187:00 - 8:00 amHendricks County 4H Fair Grounds, 1900 E Main St, Danville, IN 46122
Howard CountyKokomo Third House1/26/184:00 - 5:30 pmIvy Tech Community College, Main Campus Room M400, 1815 E Morgan St, Kokomo, IN 46901
Madison CountyMadison County Third House1/29/188:00 - 9:00 amAnderson Public Library, 111 E 12th St, Anderson, IN 46016
Muncie – Delaware CountyMuncie-Delaware County Legislative Update1/19/1811:30 am - 1:00 pmSuzanne Gresham Center, 3620 W. White River Blvd, Muncie
St. Joseph CountySouth Bend Third House Meeting1/19/1812:00 - 1:00 pmThe History Museum, 808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601
Tippecanoe CountyGreater Lafayette Third House1/20/187:30 - 9:30 amCourtyard by Marriott, 150 Fairington Ave, Lafayette, IN
Tippecanoe CountyGreater Lafayette Third House1/27/187:30 - 9:30 amCourtyard by Marriott, 150 Fairington Ave, Lafayette, IN
Vanderburgh CountyMeet Your Legislators1/13/189:15 - 11:00 am CSTEvansville Central Library, 200 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Evansville, IN
Vigo CountyCrackerbarrel Session1/13/1810:00 am - 12:00 pmVigo County Public Library, One lIbrary Square, Terre Haute, IN 47807
Terre HauteAdvocacy Educational Forum1/26/188:00 - 9:00 amTerre Haute Chamber of Commerce, 630 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47807
Warrick CountyLegislative Update Session1/6/189:00 - 11:00 am CSTWarrick County School Corp Central Service Building, 930 W Main St, Boonville, IN 47601