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Introduced House Bill (H)

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DIGEST

Biennial budget. Appropriates money for capital expenditures, the operation of the state, K-12 and higher education, the delivery of Medicaid and other services, and various other distributions and purposes. Provides for bonding authority for capital projects for higher education institutions. Renames the build Indiana fund the lottery surplus fund. Eliminates all the build Indiana fund accounts. Repeals the Indiana technology fund. Makes corresponding changes. Makes a technical correction. Eliminates the office of state based initiatives. Makes the budget agency responsible for coordinating federal assistance to state agencies. Prohibits certain state agency action regarding federal assistance. Requires the budget agency to: Biennial budget. Appropriates money for capital expenditures, the operation of the state, K-12 and higher education, the delivery of Medicaid and other services, and various other distributions and purposes. Provides for bonding authority for capital projects for higher education institutions. Renames the build Indiana fund the lottery surplus fund. Eliminates all the build Indiana fund accounts. Repeals the Indiana technology fund. Makes corresponding changes. Makes a technical correction. Eliminates the office of state based initiatives. Makes the budget agency responsible for coordinating federal assistance to state agencies. Prohibits certain state agency action regarding federal assistance. Requires the budget agency to: (1) prepare an annual report summarizing the federal assistance received by state agencies during the preceding federal fiscal year; (2) publish a comprehensive federal assistance review plan; and (3) perform a review of the current impact and projected future impact of federal mandates and regulations on Indiana. Makes the budget agency the state's single point of contact to review and coordinate proposed federal financial assistance and direct federal development. Permits the trust fund for self-insurance for employees, including retired employees, for the state police department, conservation officers of the department of natural resources, and the state excise police to invest in the same investments as the state police pension plan instead of the public employees' retirement fund (the trust fund could not invest in equity securities). Permits the retiree health benefit trust fund to invest in the same investments as the public employees' retirement fund instead of in the same manner as public deposits may be invested. Requires a periodic actuarial study of the retiree health benefit trust fund. Provides that employer contributions to the retiree medical benefits account (RMBA) on behalf of a participant must be sufficient to provide the specified benefit. Changes the administration and investment decisions for the RMBA from the budget agency to the Indiana public retirement system (INPRS). Changes responsibility for reports concerning other post-employment benefits (OPEB) from the office of management and budget (OMB) to the INPRS. Changes responsibility for reports concerning local pensions from the OMB to the INPRS. Changes references to Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statements that apply to OPEB reports. Adds the two deputy budget directors as alternate members of the budget committee, and specifies that one of the deputy directors shall take the place of the budget director when the budget director is not present. Removes the restriction on the Indiana horse racing commission using money distributed under a distribution agreement for administrative purposes. Requires 0.5% of the money distributed under a distribution agreement to be deposited in the Indiana horse racing commission's operating fund. Establishes the problem gambling program fund. Specifies that the part of the problem gambling fee that is retained annually by the Indiana gaming commission must be deposited into the fund. Provides that the money in the fund is continuously appropriated. Provides that if: (1) an individual is a member of a public retirement plan; (2) the governor appoints the individual to a position in state government; and (3) the position to which the individual is appointed is not covered by a public retirement plan or is ordinarily covered by another public retirement plan; the individual immediately vests in the public retirement plan which the individual is in and shall begin to participate in the public retirement plan that covers the appointed position. Renames the state board of accounts trust and agency fund the examinations fund. Annually appropriates money in the fund for the payment of the state board of accounts's expenses for examinations. Provides that money in the fund does not revert to the state general fund. Requires that the state board of accounts certify the expense incurred for an examination as needed. (Currently, expenses may not be certified more often than monthly.) Provides that the money in the Indiana twenty-first century research and technology fund is continuously appropriated. Provides that the money in the Indiana regional cities development fund is continuously appropriated. Provides that a taxpayer may submit, beginning in 2021, a personal property tax return using an online submission system established by the department of local government finance in collaboration with county assessors. Increases the income tax deduction for income from military retirement or survivor's benefits. Increases the income tax credit for an individual employed as a teacher for amounts expended on classroom supplies from $100 to $500 per taxable year beginning in 2019. Establishes requirements to be eligible to claim the Indiana research expense income tax credit effective January 1, 2019. Replaces the postwar construction fund with a fund named the state construction fund. Dedicates $1,800,000 to the state construction fund from a part of the cigarette tax revenue formerly appropriated to the department of natural resources. Repeals the state police building account and directs the revenue formerly deposited in the account to the state construction fund. Makes corresponding changes. Changes the allocation between the state general fund and alcohol and tobacco commission's enforcement and administration fund for fees for an annual beer retailer's permit, beer dealer's permit, liquor retailer's permit, supplemental caterer's permit, liquor dealer's permit, wine retailer's permit, and wine dealer's permit. Removes the reduction from the motor vehicle highway account fund for the appropriation to the department of transportation for traffic safety. Transfers $325,000 each month to the motor carrier regulation fund from the motor vehicle highway account fund. Requires the bureau of motor vehicles to determine the allocation to counties from the motor vehicle highway account fund that is based on motor vehicle registrations. Changes the annual appropriation from the motor vehicle highway account for assisting counties in employing a full-time county highway engineer from $920,000 to the amount necessary to make distributions to counties. Terminates the appropriation to the state police department of part of the handgun license fees as of July 1, 2019. Transfers any balance remaining in the fund holding these fees to the state general fund on June 30, 2021. Provides that money in the state department of toxicology's breath test training and certification fund is continuously appropriated. Requires the division of disability and rehabilitative services to establish a cost participation schedule for purposes of the first steps program. Repeals the statutory cost participation schedule. Provides that the money in the division of family resources child care fund is continuously appropriated. Provides for a continuous appropriation from the prekindergarten pilot program fund. Establishes a township assistance online pilot program to provide for ease of access and efficient application for township assistance, automate the application process for township assistance, and create a system to collect and report data regarding township assistance administration. Modifies the fee setting procedure and considerations for certain Indiana department of environmental management (IDEM) fees. Permits the IDEM to accept electronic fund payments for fees. Makes technical changes. Extends the hospital assessment fee and the health facility quality assessment fee through June 30, 2021. Adds the budget director as a member of the justice reinvestment advisory council. Permits the state to purchase insurance required by the federal government in connection with the use of federal land for the state's wireless public safety voice and data communications system. Appropriates $325,000 from the state general fund to the Indiana department of gaming research for the July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, state fiscal year. ... View more