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Skinner legislation to become law
Start Date: 5/1/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/1/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Acts address variety of issues, including local roads and drug abuse

INDIANAPOLIS—State Senator Tim Skinner (D-Terre Haute) proposed several bills during the recently adjourned legislative session that were approved by the General Assembly and expected to be signed into law. Most new laws become effective July 1, 2013. Included in his legislative initiatives this session were bills aimed at improving Indiana’s infrastructure and minimizing drug abuse.

Sen. Skinner advocated for several infrastructure proposals in the state’s biennial budget, House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1001, that will inject vital funding into local communities and reduce the cost for Indiana companies to conduct business. The act diverts one percent of the sales and use tax for the General Fund to the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund, which will result in more than $100 million in additional funding each year to local units for roads. Other infrastructure funding includes the Major Moves 2020 Trust Fund, allocating $200 million each year for major highway expansion projects in the future.

Sen. Skinner co-authored Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 246, which sets out procedures for accessing medical records at pain clinics. The act directs the Indiana Medical Licensing Board (MLB) to adopt procedures authorizing the Indiana Attorney General to access medical records at pain clinics. The Attorney General would also be able to petition a court to issue an injunction against owners who overprescribe pain medicine and require them to pay civil penalties. In an effort to better regulate pain management clinics, owners who operate a facility where controlled substances are dispensed would need to hold valid registration issued by the MLB beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. The act also creates a summer study committee to research issues involving recovery from prescription drug abuse, as well as the use of methadone and opioid in treatment programs and clinics.

Co-authored by Sen. Skinner, SEA 319 slows an upsurge in property taxes on agricultural land in Indiana. The act requires land surveyors to use the same factors to determine soil productivity that were used in March 2011, when surveying methods changed for the first time since the 1970s. The measure halts a sudden spike in taxes while Purdue University researchers study the issue and recommend appropriate land surveying techniques.

SEA 249, authored by Sen. Skinner, improves reporting systems regarding local retirement plans. The act requires these reports be submitted annually to the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA), which will be summarized by the Indiana State Examiner and provided to the Indiana General Assembly.

Sen. Skinner represents Senate District 38, including Vigo County and portions of Clay County. For more information on Sen. Skinner, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit


NOTE: A photo of Sen. Tim Skinner can be downloaded at

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Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
Sen. Skinner
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