Friday, June 3, 2016

Advocacy update

from Indiana Association of United Ways:

Legislative Study Committees AnnouncedState Capitol
During the legislative session many interim study committee topics are recommended by the General Assembly. The meetings allow experts in the field and state agencies to share information about the current state of issues in Indiana in preparation for the next legislative session.  

In late May, the Legislative Council announced the topics to be studied in the interim before the 2017 session.  Here are a few highlights of interest to our members and partners (only a subset of all):
  • Corrections and Criminal Code will study use of GPS in victim notification in domestic violence cases.
  • Courts and the Judiciary will study guardianship, civil rights issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation and visitation with a protected person.
  • Education will study ways to reduce school sexual misconduct and violations in schools.
  • Employment and Labor will study mis-classification of independent contractor status and payroll fraud.
  • Fiscal Policy will study tax incentives, food desert grant and loan program and return on investment for early childhood education spending.
  • Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services will study heroin use and treatment, loan forgiveness for certain dentists, multi-state nurse licensure, medical records confidentiality and disclosure in child abuse cases, hospital immunizations, employment first and First Steps.
  • Public Policy will study certain alcohol issues and daily fantasy sports, including if child support and past due taxes should be intercepted.
  • Public Safety and Military Affairs will study whether grants from military relief fund should be paid directly to vendors and more about district veteran service officers.
  • Roads and Transportation will study special group license plates and seat belts on school buses.
Separate panels were already established by law to study alternatives to ISTEProads andimmigration.

Upcoming committee meetings include: 
Check the interim committee calendar for updates.  

Weigh in on issues important to you!
Submitting comments during rulemaking periods is an important way to shape policy. State and federal agencies appreciate specific comments about possible impacts and ways to improve proposed rules. Below are a few open comment periods in Indiana. Note the special attention on opioids and e-liquids in upcoming rulemaking.
  • State Board of Dentistry will hold a hearing on 6/10/16 at 9:15 to discuss proposed rule about requirements for prescribing opioids for pain management. See LSA #15-378.
  • FSSA, Office of Medicaid will modify Medicaid reimbursement rule for covered inpatient hospital services. See LSA # 15-418. Hearing on 6/13/16 at 9am.
  • IN Medical Licensing Board will hold a hearing on 6/23/16 at 2pm to discuss standards and protocols regarding the prescribing of abuse deterrent formulations for opioids. See LSA # 15-415, as well as requirements for the prescribing of opioid controlled substances for pain management by physician assistants in LSA#15-420.
  • FSSA, Division of Mental Health and Addictions will consider minimum standards for opioid addiction treatment programs. See LSA #16-1, or proposed rule. Deadline:6/30/16.
  • Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will hold a hearing on July 6 at 1pm to discuss the proposed rule to require e-liquid manufacturers to report a list of their products and maintain a list of ingredients for each batch of those products  See LSA # 15-290
  • State School Bus Committee, DOEwill hold a hearing on rules related to child alert systems, contents of first aid kits and optional rear stop arms. See LSA #15-426. Hearing on 9/6/16 at 9am.

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