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House Bill 1607


House Bill 1607

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF HB1607 (Updated April 15, 2009 2:04 pm - DI 84)


Regional transportation district. Provides for a referendum in 2010, in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St. Joseph counties for the creation of a regional transportation district in northern Indiana ("district"). Provides for the creation of the district January 1, 2011, if, in at least two counties, the voters favor creating the district. Provides that those counties where the voters favor creating the district become member counties. Provides for a district board with an appointment by each member county and one by the governor who serves as chairperson but who may vote only to break a tie vote. Requires a district board member to be a resident of the county appointing the member or to be a resident of the district in the case of the governor appointment. Specifies that the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District ("NICTD") serves as the rail service board and division. Requires a NICTD board member to be a resident of the county appointing the member or to be a resident of the district in the case of governor appointments. Creates a bus service board and division for the district. Requires a bus service board member to be a resident of the county appointing the member or to be a resident of the district in the case of governor appointments. Transfers authority to fund and operate a public transportation system from certain political subdivisions to the bus service division. Adds the northern Indiana regional transportation district to the list for which the Indiana finance authority may issue bonds and to the list of entities that are covered by the claims payment law for various authorities. Permits the district board to impose a regional public transportation improvement tax on the income of individuals residing in a member county. Requires the district board to establish a five year improvement plan with a capital improvement component and an operating component and an allocation of these components to each member county. Provides that the maximum improvement tax rate in any member county is 0.25%. Requires the improvement tax rate for capital to be determined based on the capital improvement needs of the district as determined by the district board. Requires the improvement tax rate for operating to be determined based on the number of passengers and passenger miles. Requires the improvement tax rate for each member county to be determined by the state budget agency using the five year improvement plan. Permits the board to contract with the Indiana finance authority for issuing debt. Makes an appropriation to the district for distribution of the improvement tax revenue. Allows a public transportation corporation outside Marion County to provide service outside a municipality's corporate boundaries without charging rates that are sufficient to cover the expanded service. Repeals the requirement that the public transportation corporation hold a public hearing concerning proposed expanded service and the information related to the hearing. Requires the development board of the northwest Indiana regional development authority to separately account for money received or designated for construction, reconstruction, renovation, purchase, lease, acquisition, and equipping in a lease account separate from its general account. Repeals the provision concerning the treatment of bids to provide the expanded service by an authorized motor carrier.
Current Status:
 In Conference Committee
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