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Engrossed House Bill (S)

DIGEST

State 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. Declares the policy of the state that no person may be denied coverage for a preexisting condition under a plan of health coverage offered or administered by the state. Specifies that the preexisting condition exclusion provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act State 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. Declares the policy of the state that no person may be denied coverage for a preexisting condition under a plan of health coverage offered or administered by the state. Specifies that the preexisting condition exclusion provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are in effect and enforced in Indiana, regardless of the legal status of the PPACA. Repeals the Indiana technology fund. 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 state agencies to provide federal assistance information to the budget agency. 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 retirement 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. 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' 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. Establishes requirements to be eligible to claim the Indiana research expense income tax credit effective January 1, 2019. Increases the cap on the scholarship granting organization scholarship tax credit from $14,000,000 to $15,000,000 for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019, and to the greater of $16,000,000 or 120% of the credits awarded in the prior state fiscal year for state fiscal years beginning after June 30, 2020. Provides various tax exemptions for the College Football Playoff Group for the College Football Playoff National Championship, including ancillary events. 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. 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. Provides that proceeds received under the First Amendment to the Amended and Restated Indiana Toll Road Concession and Lease Agreement entered on September 21, 2018, are to be deposited in a new fund known as the toll road lease amendment proceeds fund for certain state highway projects. Establishes the next level connections fund to be used to accomplish the transportation plan of the department of transportation. 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. Removes the requirement that a school corporation distribute to the state general fund 3% of the federal reimbursement for claims paid under the federal Medicaid program. (Under current law, these funds distributed to the state general fund are dedicated for consulting to encourage school participation in the program.) Extends the prohibition on the office of Medicaid policy and planning from including certain Medicaid recipients who receive nursing facility services in a Medicaid risk based managed care program or a capitated managed care program through June 30, 2020. Includes Medicaid recipients who participate in certain waivers or reside in an intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities setting in the prohibition of being placed into a risk based managed care program or capitated managed care program. Specifies conditions that apply to a Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment order (DSH payment order). Requires the hospital assessment fee committee (committee) to prepare a DSH payment order and submit the DSH payment order to the office of the secretary of family and social services (office of the secretary). Requires the office of the secretary to file with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) a proposed state plan amendment that is based on the DSH payment order prepared by the committee and implement the plan amendment if the state plan amendment is approved by CMS. 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. Extends the hospital assessment fee and the health facility quality assessment fee through June 30, 2021. Increases the maximum amount of a primary care scholarship awarded at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in the first class year from $10,000 per year to $15,000 per year. 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. Urges the legislative council to assign to an appropriate study committee during the 2019 interim a study of state revenue sharing for counties. Extends the judicial and legislative branch leave conversion pilot program through June 30, 2021. Requires the governor to appoint a task force to study the Indiana law enforcement academy. 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. Appropriates $150,000,000 from the state general fund to the 1996 account of the teachers retirement fund of the INPRS. Specifies that the board of trustees of the INPRS is to reduce the employer contribution rate. Makes corresponding changes. Makes technical corrections. ... View more