[r52] Hoosiers Will Make Final Decision on Property Tax Caps (1/25/2010)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Start Date: 1/25/2010 All Day
End Date: 1/25/2010

Hoosiers Will Make Final Decision on Property Tax Caps

House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR1), which would cap homeowner's property taxes at one percent of assessed value, rental and agricultural property at two percent of assessed value and business property at three percent of assessed value, passed through the House last week by a vote of 75-23 and passed through the Senate by a vote of 35-15.

In order for a new provision to be added to the state constitution, the same language must be passed by two separately elected General Assemblies as well as the public. During the 2008 legislative session, the General Assembly started the process to amend the caps into Indiana's Constitution, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.   
Now that HJR1 has passed both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly during the 2010 legislative session, Hoosiers will be able to vote on this issue in the November 2010 election-meaning you will have final say on whether or not to add permanent property taxpayer protection to the constitution.


Important Ag Bills Moving Through the Statehouse

House Bill 1142: Requires state agencies to purchase 20% of all farm or food products from Hoosier businesses. This bill has been heard once in committee but needs changes, which committee members are working on.

House Bill 1161: States that after June 30, no one may apply manure or construct a confined feeding operation within two miles of the boundary of a state park. The sponsor of this bill agreed not to bring it to 2nd reading until there is a better consensus, but Republicans still have grave concerns about the measure.

House Bill 1230: Eliminates certain exceptions for grain buyers and makes changes in the Grain Indemnity Program. This is a technical bill which lines up grain buying statutes to make the process more efficient. There was no opposition to this bill in committee.

House Bill 1261: Changes the name of the E85 Fueling Station Grant Fund to the Agricultural Biomass Infrastructure Grant Fund, and authorizes grants for certain infrastructure used for the production or distribution of biofuels from biomass. This bill's sponsor is Rep. Friend, and it was referred to committee on Jan. 12, 2010.

House Bill1099: Gives the Board of Animal Health the authority to adopt standards for livestock care. By doing this, the bill establishes BOAH as the agency with the authority to resolve livestock care disputes. The bill also added poultry to the industries that BOAH monitors.