INdiana Systemic Thinking

February 16, 2008

Follow Up: Lennington Gives Up Tax Court

Following up on my posts here and here, the Muncie Star Press is reporting:

Delaware County Circuit Court 5 Judge Wayne Lennington has relinquished jurisdiction over all cases related to tax sales, a week after acknowledging he was the target of a criminal investigation that involves his personal investments.

All five Delaware Circuit Court judges, including Lennington, signed an order Wednesday that transferred tax sale cases to the other four courts, and allowed the re-assignment of criminal cases from Lennington’s court at Delaware County Prosecutor Mark McKinney’s discretion.

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December 13, 2007

Assess This…

Ok, the Blogmeister knows he’s straying deep into the political here and some will say this doesn’t have anything to do with mental health.  However, as I have pointed out in previous posts, the property tax issue affects everyone in some way.  So, as mental health professionals, we need to be aware of how this affects not only our personal lives, but also those of our clients.

With that said, the following is either the most misquoted person ever interviewed,  or is the poorest example of a spokesperson I have ever seen.  Since this is from the Indy Star, I’m assuming the latter.

The story from the Indianapolis Star:

A handful of township assessors stood outside the governor’s office this morning to argue their jobs should not be eliminated as part of property-tax relief packages that have been proposed before the General Assembly.

Really…  and I suppose they all took the day off to do this with no pay.  I checked the Indiana Code, and this is not one of their official duties.  I hope none of them used their “official” vehicles for this purpose or turned in mileage reimbursements.   Ya wanna keep telling us how your not wasting our money?   Oops, looks like Dixie Packard does.

Dixie Packard, the Clay Township assessor in Hamilton County, said she conducted a survey that revealed that of the state’s 1,008 county assessors, 827 are township trustee assessors who do not perform assessments on real estate. Excluding county assessors, Packard said that leaves 181 elected township assessors who assess real estate.

Ok, I’ll bite…  If 80% of assessors don’t assess, just what do they do? 

Eliminating those positions, Packard said, would generate no real cost savings because assessments still would have to be conducted by professionals who would be hired to replace them.

Valid argument.  If 80% of assessors don’t assess, and assessments are farmed out, she is right, there wouldn’t be any cost savings by doing away with assessors.  However, she couldn’t stop there, she had to ruin the whole thing by saying:

“The average salary for a township assessor is $34,200,” Packard said. “I don’t think they’re going to find many professionals who will work for that.”

Let me see if I have this straight.  80% of assessors don’t assess.   When assessors don’t assess, assessments are farmed out to “professionals” who I assume are currently getting paid.  In addition, the assessor, who is not assessing,  gets to collect an average salary of $34,200.  So, by getting rid of the assessor, who, again is not assessing, it looks to me like there would be an average cost savings of $34,200 per assessor, but maybe that’s just me.  If someone wants to check my math, feel free.

Lastly, I fail to see how making $34,200 to not assess is bad money.  Heck, I do that for free now. 

December 8, 2007

Cleaning out the RSS Feed Barrel

 Most days, the Blogmeister doesn’t get to all the news stories he wants to.  Here are all the stories and posts the Blogmeister either didn’t get to, or were deemed interesting, but not worthy of the Blog, over the past week.

Foster mother of 45 gets help in time of need  
Read This Story: What The Guv’s Tax Plan May Mean For Marion County 
The Fallen Mighty: Allen County GOP Short On Cash After Election  
Kenley Has Devoted Years To Tax Reform, Proposals 
County executive concept develops  :Commissioners back idea; plan may go to legislature.  
Harper’s findings 

Report Ready on Trimming Government
Late filings cost Burton’s PAC $4,450 
Supreme Court will decide Indianapolis case 
Daniels appeals FEMA aid decision 
Suicidal molester sentenced 

Gloomy Hoosiers Opinion 
Senators urging welfare overhaul 
Children dying for lack of child-sized drugs   
Always aroused: A good thing gone awry
Indiana lawmakers consider bill to eliminate township assessors office               
Senate skeptical about appointed assessors IndyStar.com        
Republican lawmaker’s support for Daniels’ tax plan is wavering?       
Local Concern: Kenley Cautious In Light Of New Circuit Breaker Data       
Now What? Tully Asks Readers To Chime In With Ways To Fix Phoenix       
Property tax plan to get another look     
Teacher’s post on blog leads to arrest, debate    
Dobson criticizes tax plan:  Commissioner says St. Joseph wouldn’t be able to function under Daniels’ proposal
Working ’10 til 2′ aids at-home professionals 
Lawmaker calls for balance on taxes  
Coming to terms with conflict at the office
Losing virginity early or late tied to health risks 
How depressed is your state?    
Child abuse death isn’t the fault of system 
Brain glitch behind distortion of self-image 
Smaller babies grow up to be sadder adults 
Anorexia risk may start before birth 
Fever can unlock autism’s grip     

Current Bills and Resolutions

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Here are the current Bills and Resolutions members of the legislature have filed so far.  As the legislative season gears up, this list will get longer, so check back often.

You can also see the list on the www.in.gov site.

More details are provided if you click on the bill or resolution.

Senate

  • SB 0001 — Limits on school and child welfare levies.
  • SB 0012 — Credit for excessive property taxes.
  • SB 0013 — Standardized public school building plans.
  • SB 0014 — Elimination of state property tax levies.
  • SB 0015 — Property tax credit and deduction filing deadlines.
  • SB 0016 — Property tax assessing duties.
  • SB 0017— Redevelopment commissions and TIF.
  • SB 0018 — Limitations on debt.
  • SB 0019 — Income tax withholding.
  • SB 0020 — Eliminate certain levy limit exclusions.
  • SB 0021 — Additional 2007 homestead credit.
  • SB 0021 — Additional 2007 homestead credit.
  • SB 0022 — Teacher licensing.
  • SB 0023 — Animal fighting contests.
  • SB 0024 — Teachers on school committees.
  • SB 0025 — Ordinances regulating confined feeding.
  • SB 0026 — Smoke detectors in rental properties.
  • SB 0027 — Cooling off period for domestic battery.
  • SB 0028 — Fire safe cigarettes.
  • SB 0029 — Shooting ranges and discharging a firearm.
  • SB 0030 — Special death benefit for chaplains.
  • SB 0031 — State highway rights-of-way.
  • SB 0032 — PERF vesting period.
  • SB 0033 — State police supplemental benefit.
  • SB 0034 — Daylight saving time.
  • SB 0035 — Public work projects.
  • SB 0036 — Taxation of civil service annuities.
  • SB 0037 — Rights-of-way for state highways.
  • SB 0038 — School year.
  • SB 0039 — Responsibility for implementing natural resources doctrine.
  • SB 0040 — Permits for shoreline activities.
  • SB 0041 — Public freshwater lakes.
  • SB 0042 — Select joint commission on Medicaid oversight.
  • SB 0043 — Environmental matters.
  • SB 0044 — Confined feeding operations.
  • SB 0045 — Great Lakes Compact.
  • SB 0046 — Environmental restrictive covenants.
  • SB 0047 — Death penalty.
  • SB 0048 — Grandparent visitation.
  • SB 0049 — Academic progress test.
  • SB 0050 — Public employees’ retirement fund multiplier.
  • SB 0051 — Reemployment of retired teachers.
  • SB 0052 — Free and reduced fee library cards.
  • SB 0053 — Temporary traffic control zone speed limits.
  • SB 0054 — Representation of judges in mandate litigation.
  • SB 0055 — Average of the annual compensation for PERF.
  • SB 0056 — Flag protocol for combat deaths.
  • SB 0057 — Forensic diversion funding.
  • SB 0058 — Time limit for use of higher education grants.
  • SB 0059 — Legislative gift reports.
  • SB 0060 — Presidential electors.
  • SB 0061 — Concentrated animal feeding operation construction.
  • SB 0062 — Posting notice of foreclosure sale.
  • SB 0063 — State funding for HIV/AIDS prevention.
  • SB 0064 — Public employees’ retirement fund multiplier.
  • SB 0065 — Possession of handguns.
  • SB 0066 — Firearms in locked vehicles.
  • SB 0067 — Uniform common interest ownership act.
  • SB 0068 — Absentee voting.
  • SB 0069 — Parental leave for school conferences.
  • SB 0070 — Qualified child care expenditure tax credits.
  • SB 0071 — School year.
  • SB 0072 — PERF annuity savings accounts.
  • SB 0073 — Penalties for overweight vehicles.
  • SB 0074 — Police and firefighter merit systems.
  • SB 0075 — License suspensions for gang or graffiti offenses.
  • SB 0076 — Review of privatization plans.
  • SB 0077 — Funeral planning.
  • SB 0078 — Probate and trust matters.
  • SB 0079 — Sexual predators and networking sites.
  • SB 0080 — Length of school year.
  • SB 0081 — Transfer on death conveyances.
  • SB 0082 — Taxation of civil service annuities.
  • SB 0083 — Motor vehicle violations report.
  • SB 0084 — Sex offender notification.
  • SB 0085 — Ballistic knives.
  • SB 0086 — Sex and violent offender registry.
  • SB 0087 — Type II gaming.
  • SB 0088 — Lake management work group.
  • SB 0089 — Regulation of loan brokers.
  • SB 0090 — Operating while intoxicated offenses and procedures.
  • SB 0091 — Foster care sibling visitation.
  • SB 0092 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0093 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0094 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0095 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0096 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0097 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0098 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0099 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0100 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0101 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0102 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0103 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0104 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0105 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0106 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0107 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0108 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0109 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0110 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0111 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0112 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0113 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0114 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0115 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0116 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0117 — Parole issues.
  • SB 0118 — DOC superintendent qualifications.
  • SB 0119 — Cell phone use while driving.
  • SB 0120 — Employer immunity for hiring offenders.
  • SB 0121 — Donations by local units to community foundations.
  • SB 0122 — Coverage for stereotactic radiotherapy.
  • SB 0123 — Grading and certification of meat products.
  • SB 0124 — Child seduction.
  • SB 0125 — Reentry courts and community transition.
  • SB 0126 — License plate cycle for certain plates.
  • SB 0127 — Local port authority eminent domain procedures.
  • SB 0128 — Equivalent jobs and wage discrimination.
  • SB 0129 — Notice of meetings.
  • SB 0130 — Conversion by failure to return rented property.
  • SB 0131 — Jurisdiction of university and college police.
  • SB 0132 — Definition of “serious bodily injury”.
  • SB 0133 — PERF COLA and thirteenth check.
  • SB 0134 — Consolidation of certain environmental and natural resources proceedings.
  • SB 0135 — Relocation of a riverboat.
  • SB 0136 — Challenges to a candidate’s eligibility.
  • SB 0137 — Public safety employees.
  • SB 0138 — Income tax withholding.
  • SB 0139 — Violation of probation.
  • SB 0140 — Tort claims against governmental entities.
  • SB 0141 — Sales tax exemption for college textbooks.
  • SB 0142 — Teacher professional development days.
  • SB 0144 — Residency of police officers and firefighters.
  • SB 0145 — Voter identification.
  • SB 0146 — Information preceding an abortion.
  • SB 0147 — Abandoned embryo adoption.
  • SB 0148 — Repeal of expiration dates for state offices.
  • SB 0149 — Coroner and deputy coroner training.
  • SB 0150 — Physical therapists.
  • SB 0151 — Checkoff for cancer research.
  • SB 0152 — Automated external defibrillators in health clubs.
  • SB 0153 — Extension of dentist instructor license.
  • SB 0154 — Regulated occupation definition.
  • SB 0155 — Study on domestic violence program.
  • SB 0156 — Communicable disease rules.
  • SB 0157 — Opioid treatment programs.
  • SB 0158 — Possession of firearms at state universities.
  • SB 0159 — Third party health service agreements.
  • SB 0160 — Environmental legal actions.
  • SB 0161 — Airline consumer advocate.
  • SB 0162 — Joint legal custody.
  • SB 0163 — Civil penalties for littering.
  • SB 0164 — Medicaid claim payments.
  • SB 0165 — Lobbying by former legislators.
  • SB 0166 — Mandated benefit task force.
  • SB 0167 — Crossing arms on school buses.
  • SB 0168 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0169 — Health insurance reports.
  • SB 0170 — Community investment tax credits.
  • SB 0171 — Crimes against persons with a disability.
  • SB 0172 — Covenant marriage.
  • SB 0173 — Investment deduction.
  • SB 0174 — Absentee voting.
  • SB 0175 — INDOT bidding procedures.
  • SB 0176 — Courthouse preservation advisory commission.
  • SB 0177 — Medical examiners.
  • SB 0178 — Underground storage tank corrective actions.
  • SB 0179 — Bail and recovery agent continuing education.
  • SB 0180 — Child abduction and seduction.
  • SB 0181 — Order of priority for health care decisions.
  • SB 0182 — Occupational safety and health (IOSHA) violations.
  • SB 0183 — Carrying a handgun without a license.
  • SB 0184 — Use of DNA evidence.
  • SB 0185 — State rainy day fund reserves.
  • SB 0186 — Foreclosure of rental properties.
  • SB 0187 — Fetal development curriculum.
  • SB 0188 — Recovery for restraint of trade.
  • SB 0189 — Various issues concerning agriculture and animals.
  • SB 0190 — Title 15 recodification.
  • SB 0191 — Toilet facility access.
  • SB 0192 — Truth in music advertising.
  • SB 0193 — Impoundment of animals.
  • SB 0194 — Tuition and fee exemption for children of veterans.
  • SB 0195 — Motorists and insurance.
  • SB 0196 — Local government matters.
  • SB 0197 — Minority and women businesses.
  • SB 0198 — Towing and storage of abandoned vehicles.
  • SB 0199 — Environmental crimes.
  • SB 0200 — Department of environmental management matters.
  • SB 0201 — Alternate polling places.
  • SB 0202 — Licensure of genetic counselors.
  • SB 0203 — Information concerning state spending and revenues.
  • SB 0204 — Production of driver’s license.
  • SB 0205 — Candidates’ consumer credit scores.
  • SB 0206 — Prohibiting retention of certain access device data.
  • SB 0207 — Public records and criminal offenders.
  • SB 0208 — Deduction of tax payments from checking account.
  • SB 0209 — Toll road.
  • SB 0210 — Teachers’ retirement fund issues.
  • SB 0211 — Electronic copies of sentencing information.
  • SB 0212 — Expense advances to driver employees.
  • SB 0213 — Regional sewer districts.
  • SB 0214 — Qualifications for health facility administrator.
  • SB 0215 — Various election law matters.
  • SB 0216 — Crisis intervention training.
  • SB 0217 — Human and sexual trafficking.
  • SB 0218 — Study commission for single payer health coverage.
  • SB 0219 — Lactation support in the workplace.
  • SB 0220 — Employment of unauthorized aliens.
  • SB 0221 — Warning to pregnant women of tobacco use.
  • SB 0222 — Definition of contraception.
  • SB 0223 — Coal gasification and substitute natural gas.
  • SB 0224 — Various utility matters.
  • SB 0225 — Student media.
  • SB 0226 — Disposal of municipal utility property.
  • SB 0227 — Sexual assault victim advocate standards board.
  • SB 0228 — Qualified zone business contract goals.
  • SB 0229 — Commercial fertilizer law.
  • SB 0230 — Riverboat admissions tax for mental health.
  • SB 0231 — Oversight of public money.
  • SB 0232 — Property exempt from execution of judgments.
  • SB 0233 — Streamlined sales tax conformity.
  • SB 0234 — Public school transfers.
  • SB 0235 — Vote centers.
  • SB 0236 — Driving privileges of minors who commit felonies.
  • SB 0237 — Automobile franchise practices.
  • SB 0238 — Education service centers.
  • SB 0239 — Alcoholic beverage issues.
  • SB 0240 — Purchases of recycled components.
  • SB 0241 — Department of homeland security funds.
  • SB 0242 — Tax delinquent properties.
  • SB 0243 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0244 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0245 — Area plan commission executive director.
  • SB 0246 — Recreational trail liability.
  • SB 0247 — Home medical equipment licensing.
  • SB 0248 — Scholarship granting organization tax credit.
  • SB 0249 — Emergency medical services commission.
  • SB 0250 — Indiana Veterans’ Home.
  • SB 0251 — Local unit contracts for imported drugs.
  • SB 0252 — Disaster relief fund.
  • SB 0253 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0254 — Vehicle Bill.
  • SB 0255 — Incentive payment reporting.
  • SB 0256 — Silicosis.
  • SB 0257 — Mechanic’s liens.
  • SB 0258 — Discharge of long term inmates.
  • SB 0259 — State and local spending caps.
  • SB 0260 — Finance in a consolidated city.
  • SB 0261 — False informing and DNA collection.
  • SB 0262 — Student attendance in former school corporation.
  • SB 0263 — Property tax deduction for the blind and disabled.
  • SB 0264 — County executive.
  • SB 0265 — Criminal gangs.
  • SB 0266 — Child support obligations of inmates.
  • SB 0267 — Income tax deduction or credit for property tax.
  • SB 0268 — Disposal of state owned real estate.
  • SB 0269 — Coverage for prosthetic devices.
  • SB 0270 — Jail inmate health care.
  • SB 0271 — Commercial driver’s license violations.
  • SB 0272 — Property tax benefits for trusts.
  • SB 0273 — Reimbursement of jail costs.
  • SB 0274 — Renames the department of workforce development.
  • SB 0275 — Mortgage lending issues.
  • SB 0276 — School debt.
  • SB 0277 — Dispensing drugs by pharmacies.
  • SB 0278 — Secretary of state investigations.
  • SB 0279 — Property tax assessment.
  • SB 0280 — Marion County government.
  • SB 0281 — Convictions and elections.
  • SB 0282 — Adult education programs.
  • SB 0283 — Online or mail renewal of driver’s license.
  • SB 0284 — Purchase price of certain medications.
  • SB 0285 — Removal of child receiving foster care.
  • SB 0286 — Ballast water and sediment in oceangoing vessels.
  • SB 0287 — Building standards.
  • SB 0288 — Various election matters.
  • SB 0289 — Property tax exemption for certain entities.
  • SB 0290 — Keys and lead safety.
  • SB 0291 — Labeling consumer commodities.
  • SB 0292 — Reporting of campus crime to neighboring law enforcement.
  • SB 0293 — Expungement of arrest records.
  • SB 0294 — Trustee duties concerning life insurance.
  • SB 0295 — Renewable energy standards.
  • SB 0296 — Madison County courts.
  • SB 0297 — Local government matters.
  • SB 0298 — Cost effectiveness analysis of state agencies.
  • SB 0299 — Victim confidentiality.
  • SB 0300 — Historic rehabilitation income tax credit.
  • SB 0301 — Power of attorney for a decedent’s body.
  • SB 0302 — Professional and occupational licensing.
  • SB 0303 — Native American Indian affairs commission.
  • SB 0304 — Arrest records.
  • SB 0305 — Controlled substances.
  • SB 0306 — Bias crimes.
  • SB 0307 — Various business matters.
  • SB 0308 — Safe distance when overtaking a bicycle.
  • SB 0309 — Restructuring county and township government.
  • SB 0310 — Death penalty and mental illness.
  • SB 0311 — Use of medically accurate information in school instruction.
  • SB 0312 — County executives.
  • SB 0313 — Animal cruelty.
  • SB 0314 — Department of agriculture.
  • SB 0315 — Long term care screening and counseling.
  • SB 0316 — Practice of veterinary medicine.
  • SB 0317 — Bail.
  • SB 0318 — Use of library capital projects fund.
  • SB 0319 — Determination of high school graduation rates.
  • SB 0320
  • SB 0321 — Veteran’s lifetime license to hunt, fish, and trap.
  • SB 0322 — Reporting of deaths to coroner.
  • SB 0323 — Retirement benefit adjustment.
  • SB 0324
  • SB 0325 — Election day registration.
  • SB 0326 — Credit time for tutoring inmates.
  • SB 0327 — Parental notice of abstinence-only education.
  • SB 0328 — Grading system for use in food establishment inspections.
  • SB 0329 — Judges’ pensions.
  • SB 0330 — Eligibility for long term care policy deduction.
  • SB 0331 — Health coverage for dependents.
  • SB 0332 — Medicaid disproportionate share providers.
  • SB 0333 — Government reorganization.
  • SB 0334 — Severe weather warning sirens.
  • SB 0335 — Illegal alien matters.
  • SB 0336 — Stroke prevention task force.
  •  House

    • HB 1001 — Property tax relief.
    • HB 1010 — Tax procedures.
    • HB 1011 — Homestead circuit breaker.
    • HB 1012 — Property tax relief.
    • HB 1013 — Military service credit for teachers’ retirement fund members.
    • HB 1016 — Unclaimed money.
    • HB 1018 — Senior citizen property tax freeze.
    • HB 1019— TRF cost of living adjustment.
    • HB 1023 — Payment of solid waste disposal fee to county.
    • HB 1024 — Renewal of consumer contracts.
    • HB 1025 — Operating while intoxicated causing death.
    • HB 1026 — Funeral trust funds.
    • HB 1027 — Written informed consent in Spanish and English to abortion.
    • HB 1028 — Phase out of property taxes for welfare expenses.
    • HB 1029 — Reserve police officer training.
    • HB 1030 — Tax deduction for stillborn child.
    • HB 1031 — Public works projects.
    • HB 1032 — Child seduction.
    • HB 1034 — Age discrimination.
    • HB 1038 — Time zone referendum.
    • HB 1039 — Sales tax holiday.
    • HB 1040 — Hidden compartments in vehicles.
    • HB 1041 — Child and dependent care tax credit.
    • HB 1042 — Intent to sell sexually explicit products.
    • HB 1043 — Regulation of firearms during an emergency.
    • HB 1044 — Livestock waste anaerobic digestion systems.
    • HB 1045 — Courthouse preservation advisory commission.
    • HB 1047 — Local time zone public question.
    • HB 1048 — TRF pension credit for out-of-state service.
    • HB 1049 — Time limit for use of higher education grants.
    • HB 1050 — Income tax credit for textbook fees.
    • HB 1051 — School corporation donations to foundations.
    • HB 1052 — Motorist duties at accident scenes.
    • HB 1054 — Coverage for individuals less than 24 years of age.
    • HB 1055 — Assignment of benefits.
    • HB 1056 — Smoking in passenger vehicles.
    • HB 1057 — Smoking ban in certain public places.
    • HB 1058 — Sex offender procedures.
    • HB 1059 — Commercial fertilizer law.
    • HB 1060 — Great Lakes compact.
    • HB 1061 — Application of landlord-tenant statutes.
    • HB 1062 — Architectural salvage material dealers.
  • HB 1064 — Partition fences.
  • HB 1065 — PERF beneficiary change after divorce.
  • HB 1066 — Recovery for indirect injury in restraint of trade.
  • HB 1067 — United States flag protocol for Indiana soldiers.
  • HB 1068 — Drivers of vehicles carrying school children.
  • HB 1069 — Local ordinances to reduce speed limits.
  • HB 1070 — Legislators’ defined contribution plan.
  • HB 1071 — Funding for voting machine replacement.
  • HB 1072 — Unlimited lifetime handgun permit endorsements.
  • HB 1073 — Sales tax exemption for college textbooks.
  • HB 1074 — Disarming a law enforcement officer.
  • HB 1075 — Abandoned embryo adoption.
  • HB 1077 — Funding for local Memorial Day celebrations.
  • HB 1078 — Redistricting commission.
  • HB 1079 — Subjects of educational discussion and bargaining.
  • HB 1080 — Homeowners associations.
  • HB 1081 — Resisting law enforcement.
  • HB 1083 — Hoosier Inland Port study.
  • HB 1084 — Taxation of civil service annuities.
  • HB 1085 — Whistle stop signs.
  • HB 1086 — Penalties for failure to pay state taxes.
  • HB 1088 — Student mobility rates.
  • HB 1089 — Fire sprinkler contractors and installers.
  • HB 1090 — Climate registry.
  • HB 1091 — Growth and development study committee.
  • HB 1092 — School starting and ending dates.
  • HB 1093 — Charity gaming.
  • HB 1094 — Sales tax exemption for vending machine sales.
  • HB 1096 — Various provisions concerning courts.
  • HB 1098 — Net metering and interconnection rules.
  • HB 1099 — Shortfall loans from the common school fund.
  • HB 1100 — Halloween enticement.
  • HB 1101 — Utility receipts tax.
  • HB 1104 — Fire protection district excess property tax levy.
  • HB 1105 — Transfer of property to fire departments.
  • HB 1107 — Cultural competency.
  • HB 1108 — Sheriff’s compensation.
  • HB 1112 — Learner’s permits and driver’s licenses.
  • HB 1113 — Birth certificate fraud.
  • HB 1114 — Town police officer residency.
  • HB 1115 — Wabash River heritage corridor commission.
  • HB 1116 — State agency fines and penalties.
  • HB 1117 — Coal gasification and substitute natural gas.
  • HB 1118 — Alcoholic beverages.
    •  
      • HB 1119 — Public safety retiree reemployment.
      • HB 1120 — Prohibitions on certain detergents.
      • HB 1121 — Natural resources matters.
      • HB 1122 — Juvenile offenders and detention facilities.
      • HB 1123 — 911 call mischief.
      • HB 1124 — Sheriffs’ and deputies’ surviving spouse pension.
      • HB 1125 — Update of references to the Internal Revenue Code.
      • HB 1126 — Wrongful death or injury of a child.
      • HB 1127 — Ban on use of cell phones while driving.
      • HB 1128 — Indiana defense development corporation.
      • HB 1129 — Archeology.
      • HB 1130 — Kernan-Shepard study committee.
      • HB 1131 — Development agreement with riverboat owner or operating agent.
      • HB 1132 — Drug testing of public works contractor employees.
      • HB 1133 — Disaster worker health coverage.
      • HB 1134 — Sex offender Internet offense.
      • HB 1135 — Uniform power of attorney act.
      • HB 1136 — Tourism.
      • HB 1137 — Technical corrections bill.
      • HB 1138 — Cable programming arbitration.
      • HB 1139 — Higher education accountability and reporting.
      • HB 1141 — Child molesting.
      • HB 1142 — Residency of police officers.
      • HB 1143 — Farm vehicles.
      • HB 1144 — Failure to report a dead body.
      • HB 1146 — Bankruptcy and motor vehicle accident judgments.
      • HB 1147 — Life insurance and Medicaid.
      • HB 1149 — License agent service fees.
      • HB 1150 — Bringing alcoholic beverages to an outdoor concert.
      • HB 1151 — Home detention.
      • HB 1152 — Certain sex offenders and school property.
      • HB 1153 — Gaming in bars.
      • HB 1154 — Senior citizen property tax credit.
      • HB 1155 — Parent’s intestate share of child’s estate.
      • HB 1156 — Police and firefighter death benefits.
      • HB 1157 — Underground storage tank corrective actions.
      • HB 1158 — Captive raised game birds.
      • HB 1159 — Media production tax credit.
      • HB 1160 — Study of interception of gaming winnings.
      • HB 1161 — Taxation of military pension benefits or salary.
      • HB 1162 — City council youth adviser.
      • HB 1163 — Vaccines containing mercury.
      • HB 1164 — Property tax deduction for model residences.
      • HB 1165 — Homelessness, foster youth, and education.
      • HB 1166 — Notice of foreclosure sales.
      • HB 1167 — Hand held mobile telephone use.
      • HB 1168 — Confined feeding operations and manure haulers.
      • HB 1170 — Civil rights commission proceedings.
      • HB 1171 — Autism training for EMS personnel.
      • HB 1172 — Various professions and occupations.
      • HB 1173 — Ignition interlock devices.
      • HB 1174 — Military leave for state employees.
      • HB 1175 — Display of new driver status on motor vehicle.
      • HB 1176 — License plate replacement cycle.
      • HB 1177 — Tax credit for anhydrous ammonia additives.
      • HB 1178 — Controlled substances.
      • HB 1179 — Recovery for restraint of trade.
      • HB 1180 — Reconnection charges.
      • HB 1181 — Rate adjustment mechanisms for utilities.
      • HB 1182 — Sales tax exemption for agricultural equipment.
      • HB 1183 — Historic rehabilitation income tax credit.
      • HB 1184 — Scholarships for teachers.
      • HB 1185 — Indoor air quality.
      • HB 1186 — Public safety officer survivor insurance.
      • HB 1187 — Nonprofit corporations.
      • HB 1188 — Animal fighting contests.
      • HB 1189 — Uniform county innkeeper’s tax.
      • HB 1190 — Contraband in penal facilities; public nuisances.
      • HB 1191 — Personal information.
      • HB 1193 — Funding for adult education.
      • HB 1194 — Hunting on rivers in an area of high population density.
      • HB 1195 — Assessment of fault and compensatory damages.
      • HB 1196 — Various election law matters.
      • HB 1197 — Data breaches.
      • HB 1198 — Admissions preference for Indiana residents.
      • HB 1199 — Formation of townships.
      • HB 1200 — Injuries to or death of an employee.
      • HB 1201 — Elimination of townships outside Marion County.
      • HB 1202 — Abraham Lincoln license plate.
      • HB 1203 — Registration of certain school buses.
      • HB 1204 — Emergency alert system advisory committee.
      • HB 1205 — Joint legal custody.
      • HB 1206 — Environmental permits.
      • HB 1207 — Lobbying by former legislators.
      • HB 1208 — Referenda for bond issues and lease rentals.
      • HB 1209 — Review of sentences of certain habitual offenders.
      • HB 1210 — Teacher certification.
      • HB 1211 — Various home loan matters.
      • HB 1212 — Collective bargaining for public employees.
      • HB 1213 — Occupational health and safety training.
      • HB 1214 — Vehicle protection products.
      • HB 1215 — Common construction wage.
      • HB 1216 — Forensic data base for missing children.
      • HB 1218 — Eminent domain issues.

    November 27, 2007

    Sneak Peak: 2009 IN Healthcare Proposals

    The Evansville Courier & Press gives us the following report of a forum held 11/26/07 at University Center at the University of Southern Indiana.  The story may be found here.  The Blogmeister believes this goes to a subscription based service after 7 days so he will quote as much as possible.

    In summary, the following plan, “developed by Indiana Healthcare Reform Study Group”… which is  an… “outgrowth of Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs,”…who… “received a grant from the state’s Family and Social Services Administration to develop workable policy recommendations to reform Indiana’s health care system”…  “will be presented to the Indiana Legislature in 2009” ;

    “Among the recommendations are:

    Mandating all Indiana residents have a minimum level of health insurance or face personal income tax penalties for noncompliance. The group would recommend developing measures to ensure that coverage is affordable for low-income individuals and families.

    Employers would be required to either provide affordable health coverage meeting the minimum required benefits or to pay a tax that would help pay for a state-funded health insurance plan.

    Individuals would have the option to buy into those state-funded plans. Patients also would assume some of the cost through a tiered system of copayments tied to their income level.

    Health care providers would also be assessed a tax and specialty hospitals that do not contribute to basic health care needs (for instance, not having an emergency room) would pay a surtax.

    Patients also would be encouraged to find a “medical home” where they could meet all their health and wellness needs through one facility…

    …The study group developed its recommendations through the work of seven subcommittees involving more than 100 people and by incorporating public comments gathered through discussions.

    There ya have it, what do you think?  At first blush the major problem for the Blogmeister is…drumroll please…, NO MENTAL HEALTH CARE!

    November 24, 2007

    More News from Carmel

    I know, really not mental health related, except when you feel as I do about the whole tax issue and I’m really not picking on Carmel….BUT;

    “Carmel’s elected officials will receive a 3 percent pay raise under an ordinance passed this week setting 2008 salaries.”

    You can read the whole story here.  Again, doesn’t make writing that check any easier!

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