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Skinner initiatives effective July 1
Start Date: 7/10/2013 All Day
End Date: 7/10/2013
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Senator authored, sponsored measures in a variety of areas including local roads, drug abuse

INDIANAPOLIS— In an effort to inject vital funds into local communities and reduce the cost for Indiana businesses to conduct business, State Senator Tim Skinner (D-Terre Haute) advocated for several infrastructure proposals in the state’s two-year budget that became effective July 1, 2013. Within House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1001, Sen. Skinner’s proposal diverts one percent of the sales and use tax for the General Fund to the Motor Vehicle Highway Funds, 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 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.

Authored by Sen. Skinner, Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 249 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.

Approved this past legislative session and effective immediately upon passage, 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.

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 www.IN.gov/s38.

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Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock
Phone: 317-232-9496
Email: eshrock@iga.in.gov
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