Ed Soliday

Controversial Coal Bill Awaits Holcomb's Signature

Mar 11, 2020

The state House and Senate voted to send a controversial bill on coal plant closures to the governor Tuesday. The original version of the bill aimed to keep coal plants open until Indiana could come up with a statewide energy plan. 

Controversial Coal Bill Narrowly Passes Indiana House

Feb 4, 2020

A bill that would make it harder for utilities to close coal plants in Indiana passed in the state House on Monday 52 to 41. An amendment by Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) to help former coal miners may have made the bill more attractive to some Republican lawmakers. 

A state House bill would require utilities to get the state’s permission before shutting down a coal plant — at least until Indiana can develop a statewide energy plan. 

A legislative study committee decided Wednesday not to recommend the General Assembly legalize cameras to catch speeding motorists in highway construction zones.

The state's new energy policy task force had its first meeting on Monday. The group is charged with helping Indiana develop a statewide energy plan. Some of the topics discussed were how the transition away from coal would affect Hoosiers and how local ordinances are affecting the siting wind farms in Indiana.

Legislation that could have put a moratorium on some new power plants in Indiana was overturned Thursday. The House passed an amendment to remove that language from a bill dealing with various utility matters.

Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) wants a two-year moratorium on new power plants while the legislature and utility regulators help craft a comprehensive energy plan for the state. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Republicans in a House committee this week voted to largely halt new power plants in Indiana for the next two years.

The moratorium’s architect says he wants to ensure the state’s energy future is balanced.

A controversial bill moving through the state Senate would make changes to a law that lets utilities more quickly recover the costs of certain projects from ratepayers. It involves the Transmission, Distribution, and Storage Improvement Charge or TDSIC. 

The state is closer to finalizing a plan to address Indiana’s water and wastewater needs. The Water Infrastructure Task Force agreed on a draft report at its last meeting on Tuesday. 

4th Congressional district Republican nominee Rep. Jim Baird, left, and Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun - a former state lawmaker - were attacked for their votes to raise the state’s gas tax 10 cents. (Courtesy Indiana General Assembly)
Brandon Smith

Two Republican primary candidates were attacked for their votes last year to raise the state’s gas tax. They both won their races.

And legislative leaders say those results affirm their support for the 2017 gas tax legislation.

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