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2016 Indiana Bill Tracker

IssueNumber/NameSponsorSummaryPositionActivity
BenefitsSB 11Sen. Luke KenleyThe federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act created a new type of savings account designed to help people with disabilities save money without risking their eligibility for government benefits. However, before people can open accounts, the ABLE program has to be set up at the state level. This bill would create ABLE accounts in Indiana, and establish the ABLE Authority and Board to run the ABLE program in Indiana. Read full text here.This bill has become law03/21/2016 Signed by the Governor
CrimeSB 12Sen. R Michael YoungFinancial crimes against the elderly. Permits a financial institution to release certain financial records to a law enforcement agency or adult protective services unit if the financial institution reasonably suspects illegal activity in connection with the account, and provides immunity to a financial institution that releases, or does not release, this information. Permits a court to order a person convicted of exploitation of a dependent or endangered adult to disgorge all or some of any property the person received as the result of the death of the dependent or endangered adult. Read full text here.In Committee02/08/2016 First reading: referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code
MedicaidSB 76Sen. Jim BanksAllows an individual (and the individual's dependent) who is: (1) an active member of the armed services of the United States or the national guard; (2) a legal Indiana resident; (3) assigned for duty or deployed outside Indiana; and (4) eligible for Medicaid waiver services or Medicaid assistance; to resume Medicaid eligibility and remain on Medicaid waiver waiting lists. Read full text here.

In Committee02/08/2016 First reading: referred to Committee on Public Health
CrimeSB 178Sen. Mark MessmerIncreases the penalty for battery and neglect of a dependent, if that dependent is an endangered adult or person with a serious mental of physical disability. It would move the level of felony up one level for various cases. Level Six cases (6 months to 2.5 years in prison) would become Level Five cases (1 year to 6 years in prison). Level 4 cases (2 to 12 years in prison) would become Level 3 cases (3 to 16 years in prison). Read full text here.In Committee02/08/2016 First reading: referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code
CrimeSB 220Sen. Susan GlickMakes it an aggravating circumstance (used for determining how severe a criminal sentence should be) that the crime was committed with the intent to harm or intimidate an individual because of certain perceived or actual characteristics of the individual. These characteristics would include disability, race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, and sexual orientation. Read full text here.In Committee02/09/2016 Representative Klinker added as cosponsor
HousingSB 225Sen. Douglas EckertyEstablishes standards for affordable rental housing property to be exempt from property taxation when the property does not otherwise qualify for a property tax exemption. Specifies that the exemption applies to properties owned by a 501(c)(3) organization (or a disregarded entity of such an organization) that are 100% occupied by residents who qualify as low income. Read full text here.In Committee02/08/2016 First reading: referred to Committee on Ways and Means
HealthcareSB 313Sen. Travis HoldmanProhibits a person from performing an abortion if the person knows that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion solely because of: (1) the race, color, national origin, ancestry, or sex of the fetus; or (2) a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability. Provides for disciplinary sanctions and civil liability for wrongful death if a person knowingly or intentionally performs a sex selective abortion or an abortion conducted because of a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of Down syndrome or any other disability. Read full text here.In Committee02/18/2016 Representative Rhoads added as cosponsor
EducationSB 328Sen. Earline RogersCreates a grant program for students enrolled in a teacher preparation program or speech-language program in Indiana, who specialize in a high needs subject area and later teach. Current shortage areas include teachers for students who are Blind or with low vision, students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and mild and intense intervention. Read full text here.In Committee02/09/2016 First reading: referred to Committee on Education
HealthcareSB 350Sen. Jeff RaatzExpands the scope of criminal background checks required for home health workers. Requires a home health agency or personal services agency to obtain a national criminal history background check or an expanded criminal history check on employees. (Current law requires a limited criminal history record unless certain circumstances exist that would require a national criminal history background check or an expanded criminal history check.) Read full text here.This bill has become law03/21/2016 Signed by the Governor
Developmental Disabilities HB 1012Rep. Eric Allan KochRequires the state department of health, upon request, to issue a bracelet or identification card indicating that an individual has been medically diagnosed with a developmental disability. Allows the department to charge a fee for the bracelet and identification card. Provides that the information collected by the department is confidential. Read full text here.This bill has become law 03/21/2016 Signed by the Governor
HealthcareHB 1228Rep. Lloyd ArnoldEncourages Indiana University School of Medicine and other state educational institutions to research the use of cannabidiol oil (CBD) from a hemp plant in the treatment of intractable epilepsy. Provides that an individual who possesses or uses CBD from a hemp plant for the treatment of intractable epilepsy is not subject to criminal penalties for the possession or use of the CBD if certain conditions are met. Provides civil, criminal, and administrative immunity for a physician who recommends, dispenses, possesses, or administers CBD in the treatment of intractable epilepsy. Read full text here.In Senate02/16/2016 Senator Head removed as second sponsor