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SB 141 — The Anti-Transit Bill

Posted by: HEC
Posted: February 19, 2021
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Senate Bill 141 would harm transit service in Marion County by reducing funding needed to fully build out IndyGo’s two new rapid transit corridors and provide expanded local bus service to neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis. Key points are below: […]

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HB 1337 – Eliminates Local Government Ability to Protect Citizens from Factory Farms and Logging Operations Near City Boundaries

Posted by: HEC
Posted: February 22, 2021
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HB 1337 would prohibit local governments from using their zoning and planning authority to ban or regulate factory farms and logging operations from being built or taking place too near municipal boundaries. This is a bad idea. Indiana’s […]

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Pollinator-Friendly Solar

Posted by: HEC
Posted: January 30, 2021
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Indiana is going to see a number of large solar farms in several regions of Indiana over the 2020s which, collectively, could have a land footprint the size of Indiana’s state parks. These farms, which will generate new […]

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SB 412 and HB 1335 – Responsible Coal Ash Disposal

Posted by: Indra Frank
Posted: January 7, 2022
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Indiana has been interpreting existing laws in a way that allows millions of tons of coal ash to be left in contact with groundwater and disposed of in floodplains. When coal ash gets wet, it contaminates water with […]

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HB 1334 – Property tax deduction for maintaining wetlands

Posted by: Indra Frank
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Many people and organizations spent a lot of time in 2021 trying to stop a bill that reduced protection of wetlands. This year, there was a bill to help preserve more wetlands.  HB 1334 would have given property […]

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HB 1378 – Preschool and Childcare Drinking Water

Posted by: Indra Frank
Posted: January 12, 2022
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Lead is toxic to the nervous system and is especially harmful for young children.  HB 1378 would have required Indiana’s preschools and childcare facilities to test their drinking water for lead and take action if the lead concentration […]

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HB 1436 – Protect Environmental Agency Decision-Making from Undue Industry Influence

Posted by: Kim Ferraro
Posted: January 29, 2021
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HB 1436 would, in its original form, have required any state agency, which includes the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR), to pay the attorney fees incurred by a party that […]

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SB 389 – Anti-Wetlands Bill 2021

Posted by: Indra Frank
Posted: January 15, 2021
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SB 389 has passed the General Assembly and has been signed into law.  It will drastically reduce wetland protection.  The final version of the bill eliminates protection of Class I wetlands and significantly reduces protection for Class II.  […]

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HB 1560, Rep. Speedy (R-Indianapolis)

Posted by: HEC
Posted: January 12, 2021
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Many Hoosiers live in neighborhoods where their homeowner associations (HOAs) have severe restrictions on installing solar at a home.  Such a restriction, reflected in a covenant, might be an outright ban on solar or a prohibition on putting […]

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SB 405, Sen. Qaddoura (D-Indianapolis)

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This bill authorizes cities, counties, and other local units of government to establish PACE financing districts. Such districts, upon enactment of a local ordinance, can then issue bonds, for which the bond proceeds can be used to provide […]

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HB 1394, Reps. Cook (R-Cicero), Negele (R-Attica), Shaibley (R-Carmel)

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Extends net metering – expressly for schools, cities, and counties – by two years (beyond the planned phase out of net metering in the middle of 2022).

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SB 420, Sen. Yoder (D-Bloomington)

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This bill would a.) extend net metering by five years, b.) effectively triple the number of solar owners that can benefit from rooftop solar, c.) increase, by fivefold, the size of the systems that are eligible for net […]

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SB 249, Sen. Alting (R-Lafayette)

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This bill would extend net metering by two years and would effectively triple the percentage of solar owners who could benefit from net metering.

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