Introduced by Rep. Jake Teshka (R- South Bend), HB 1165 would establish a “regulatory sandbox” and a “right to start” program within the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) with the stated goal of promoting innovative businesses by allowing them to sidestep established and necessary regulations for health, safety, and the environment. A new Regulatory Relief Office would be formed under the direction of the Secretary of Commerce and housed in the IEDC to pick companies from within a pool of applicants who might receive a waiver or suspension of state law or regulation.

Update (2/2):

Despite passing the House Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee, HB 1165 was not heard in the House Ways & Means Committee ahead of the committee report deadline, meaning it does not advance to the full House. While this is positive, we remain watchful of this language re-emerging this Session.