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Senate Bill 0374


Senate Bill 0374

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF SB374 (Updated April 15, 2009 3:23 pm - DI 84)


Various transportation matters. Allows the Indiana department of transportation (INDOT) and other state agencies to enter into leases of highway rights-of-way and other state property under which the lessee is responsible for the growth, maintenance, and harvesting of grasses or other plants that are suitable for: (1) processing into fuels or other energy products; or (2) feed for livestock. Provides that, before entering into a lease, an agency must consult with the invasive species council in order to obtain recommendations concerning the appropriateness of the vegetation proposed to be planted. Provides that a lease with an agency other than INDOT must prohibit the lessee from planting vegetation to replace existing native forest communities. Permits counties to establish a regional transportation district to plan, design, acquire, construct, enlarge, improve, renovate, maintain, equip, finance, operate, and support public transportation systems. Permits the creation of allocation areas, the establishment of a special allocation of county adjusted gross income taxes or county option income taxes, and the imposition of a county economic development income tax, or a special benefits property tax to provide funding to regional transportation districts. Permits other public transportation agencies to merge into a regional transportation district. Authorizes the governor to appoint a deputy commissioner for the department of transportation to assist the commissioner with the public transportation responsibilities of the department. Makes appropriations to certain mass transportation projects or agencies. Requires INDOT to study the feasibility of an interstate passenger rail system connecting Chicago and Evansville via existing rail corridors in western Indiana. Provides for a distribution of money from federal funds and the next generation trust fund to counties, cities, and towns for engineering, land acquisition, construction, resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation of highway facilities. Modifies the terms of the next generation trust fund to permit a distribution from the fund. Requires that a part of State Road 331 be operated as a limited access facility. Provides that a permit is not required for an outdoor advertising sign along an interstate or highway if: (1) the sign provides certain information with respect to business activities at a commonly owned nonadjacent property within five miles of the sign; and (2) the property on which the sign is located is used in conjunction with the nonadjacent property. (Current law requires a permit unless the sign is located on the same property where the business activities are conducted.) Allows the shoreline development commission to establish green sustainability districts, each of which must contain at least 250 contiguous acres. Requires the commission to: (1) develop a report concerning the districts; and (2) submit the report before November 1, 2009, to the governor and the legislative council. Repeals the requirement that a public transportation corporation hold a public hearing concerning proposed expanded service and the information related to the hearing. Repeals the provision concerning the treatment of bids to provide the expanded service by an authorized motor carrier. Appropriates $300,000 to INDOT for conducting a western Indiana passenger rail study.
    Current Status:
     In Conference Committee
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