2014 Mass Transit Bill

Carmel Green Initiative has joined a broad coalition of municipalities, businesses and organizations in support of a regional mass transit system for Central Indiana.

 


 

2014 Legislative Session

  • Governor Mike Pence signed the transit bill (SB176) on March 26. Read this Indy Star article: Mass transit battle's next stop: the ballot box.
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  • In the final hours of the session, late on Mar. 13, the House and Senate passed the transit bill, Conference Committee Report. "The proposal passed despite resistance from conservatives who had concerns about the impact on taxpayers. The House voted 65-34 for the measure while the Senate voted 32-16."(1)  This was a better vote than the first time around, in both the House (52-47) and Senate (28-20).   Click here to contact your legislator online. (1) Read this Indy Star article: Mass transit bills clears legislature, heads to governor.
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  • The  Conference Committee reached a compromise on the transit bill Mar. 11, reintroducing the ban on light rail and eliminating the requirement on C-corporations. For details, click here to read the conference committee report. The bill goes back to the House and Senate.  Read more in this IBJ article: Deal on mass-transit legislation headed for vote.
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  • On Mar. 3, the House voted 52-47 in favor of the amended transit bill making it the first time a transit bill has cleared both chambers of the general assembly.  Read more in this Indy Star article: House OKs mass transit bill for Central Indiana
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    Feb 24 voted YES on SB176
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  • The House amended the transit bill on Feb.27 to remove the ban on light rail allowing local governments to determine modes of transportation for themselves.   For more information about the amendments, read Indy Star article - Light rail complicates Central Indiana transit legislation
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House Ways & Means Committee
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  • On Feb. 12, 2014, the transit bill (SB176) cleared the House Roads & Transportation Committe 11-1. Rep. Speedy was the lone NO vote. The bill was amended to remove the tax on C-corporations which had been added by the Senate.

House Roads & Transportation Committee ...............VOTE

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-    Rep.Mike Speedy, Vice Chair, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it             NO
-    Rep. Lloyd Arnold, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                              YES
-    Rep. Greg Beumer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                               YES
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-    Rep. Jud McMillin, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                               YES
-    Rep. Rick Niemeyer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                           YES
-    Rep. Thomas Saunders, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                        YES
-    Rep. Ben Smaltz, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                                 YES
-    Rep. Dan Forestal, D, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                         YES
-    Rep. Edward DeLaney, D, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                   YES
-    Rep. Cherrish Pryor, D, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                        YES
-    Rep. Steven Stemler, D, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                       YES
  • On Feb. 4, 2014, the Senate voted 28-20 in favor of SB 176.

    According to the Senate bill, the funding mechanism requires 25% of operating costs come from fares, 10% from C-Corporations, and 65% from local income tax.  Sen. Pat Miller reported that ridership who currently pay $1.75 per ride would increase by $0.04 to $1.79 per ride. She also pointed out that to raise $7 million, C-Corporations would pay $2.50/person/year. As written, eligible counties include Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Delaware, and Madison. Each county can function independently.

    The bill requires the fiscal body of the county to pass an ordinance to put on the ballot for voters to determine through referendum if they want to approve the transit plan. It prohibits public funds from promoting the referendum. Then it would have to come back to the full fiscal body to approve by ordinance. The bill prohits light rail, allows for interlocal agreements, and public-private partnerships.

    In addition, Republicans amended the bill to prohibit labor from using binding arbitration to set wages, and transfer the authority to issue debt from the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council to Gov. Mike Pence’s administration. 

    For more information, read Indy Star Tony Cook articleIBJ article, and Carmel Business Leader.
Hamilton County Legislators VOTE
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SB 176  Bill Authors/Sponsors
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HB 1034  Bill Authors/Sponsors
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  • The 2014 Legislative Session is a short session. It begins on January 6, 2014 and ends on March 14, 2014. The bill will move quickly.  View calendar.
  • The mass transit bill will be re-introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session based on recommendations from the 2013 Study Committee report. View report.