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Enrolled House Bill (H)

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Administrative boards. Establishes the governor's security council. Abolishes the counterterrorism and security council and transfers the council's duties to the governor's security council. Abolishes the emergency alert system advisory committee. Abolishes: (1) the boiler and pressure vessel rules board; and (2) the regulated amusement device safety board; and transfers the boards' duties to the fire prevention and building safety commission (commission). Abolishes the emergency medical commission's technical advisory committee. Provides that the department of homeland security (department) may grant waivers to: (1) certain rules adopted by the Indiana emergency medical services commission; and (2) rules adopted by the board of Administrative boards. Establishes the governor's security council. Abolishes the counterterrorism and security council and transfers the council's duties to the governor's security council. Abolishes the emergency alert system advisory committee. Abolishes: (1) the boiler and pressure vessel rules board; and (2) the regulated amusement device safety board; and transfers the boards' duties to the fire prevention and building safety commission (commission). Abolishes the emergency medical commission's technical advisory committee. Provides that the department of homeland security (department) may grant waivers to: (1) certain rules adopted by the Indiana emergency medical services commission; and (2) rules adopted by the board of firefighting personnel standards and education. Makes the following changes to the process for obtaining a variance to fire safety, building, and equipment rules: (1) Provides that the department and the commission may grant variances to rules adopted by the commission. (2) Provides that the department shall make each application for a variance available for review on a public portal. (3) Provides that local fire and building officials shall receive notice of variance applications filed within their respective jurisdictions. (4) Provides that a local fire official, local building official, or other interested party may submit documentation regarding a variance application to the department or the commission for review and consideration prior to an initial determination being made on the application by the department or the commission. (5) Provides that the department or commission shall wait at least five business days after a variance application is filed before making an initial determination on the application. (6) Provides that the commission may adopt emergency rules to implement the bill's changes to the variance application process. Provides that the department may engage in studies and consult with any person to implement fire safety, building, and equipment laws and rules, and that the commission may consult with industry experts or call a special meeting to discuss boiler and pressure vessels or regulated amusement devices. Requires the state building commissioner to create a data base cataloging variance rulings. (Current law allows the commissioner to create the data base.) Abolishes the Indiana dietitians certification board and transfers the board's duties to the medical licensing board of Indiana. Provides that members appointed to boards staffed by the professional licensing agency: (1) have four year term limits; (2) may serve multiple terms; (3) in certain instances, may not have more than two members from the same congressional district; (4) serve at the pleasure of the governor; and (5) must be removed under certain circumstances. Restructures the membership of the following boards: (1) Indiana board of accountancy. (2) Board of registration for architects and landscape architects. (3) Indiana athletic trainers board. (4) Indiana auctioneer commission. (5) Board of chiropractic examiners. (6) State board of funeral and cemetery service. (7) Indiana state board of health facility administrators. (8) Home inspectors licensing board. (9) State board of registration for professional surveyors. (10) State board of massage therapy. (11) Midwifery committee. (12) Behavioral health and human services licensing board. (13) Manufactured home installer licensing board. (14) Indiana optometry board. (15) Indiana plumbing commission. (16) Board of podiatric medicine. (17) Private investigator and security guard licensing board. (18) State psychology board. (19) Real estate appraiser licensure and certification board. (20) Speech-language pathology and audiology board. Amends professional experience qualifications for appointment of registered architects and registered landscape architects to the board of registration for architects and landscape architects to provide that the professional experience qualifications are preferences rather than requirements. Provides that to the extent possible, the governor shall appoint to the state board of registration for professional engineers individuals who serve or have served in diverse areas of professional practice. Makes technical changes. ... View more