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Engrossed Senate Bill (S)

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Select commission on passenger rail. Establishes the select commission on passenger rail (commission) under the Indiana department of transportation (department). Provides for the membership of the commission. Requires the commission to adopt bylaws governing: (1) the activities and procedures of the commission; (2) the powers and duties of the commission and its officers; (3) the appointment procedures and terms of the members of the commission; (4) the voting rights of the members of the commission; (5) the voting procedures of the commission; (6) conducting the business of the commission; and (7) any other matters necessary to fulfill the duties of Select commission on passenger rail. Establishes the select commission on passenger rail (commission) under the Indiana department of transportation (department). Provides for the membership of the commission. Requires the commission to adopt bylaws governing: (1) the activities and procedures of the commission; (2) the powers and duties of the commission and its officers; (3) the appointment procedures and terms of the members of the commission; (4) the voting rights of the members of the commission; (5) the voting procedures of the commission; (6) conducting the business of the commission; and (7) any other matters necessary to fulfill the duties of the commission. Requires the commission to advocate for long-term, sustainable funding to implement and expand passenger rail. Requires the commission to identify and develop public and private partnerships to implement and expand passenger rail. Requires the commission to, before November 1 of each year, publish an annual report regarding the activities of the commission in an electronic format to the legislative council and the legislative services agency for the use of the members of the general assembly. Provides that the commission may: (1) advocate for passenger rail systems included in the State Rail Plan and approved by the department; (2) educate local officials and the public on the advantages of passenger rail service; and (3) establish committees. Provides that the commission may not study, advocate, or promote passenger rail in Marion County. ... View more