SB 309 Passes Senate 39-9; Ober and Soliday House Sponsors

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   February 28, 2017  /   Posted in 2017 Indiana General Assembly, Net Metering, solar, Uncategorized  /   No Comments

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Yup, we got thumped last night. At 7:22 pm last night the Indiana Senate voted 39 to 9 to send SB 309 to the Indiana House with two Senators excused.

Sen. Hershman called down SB 309 about 7:10 pm followed by only one Sen. Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) speaking in addition to Sen. Hershman. The entire floor debate lasted barely 13 minutes.

IndianaDG member captured the floor debate video and created this YouTube video  Please watch this.

The official Roll Call can be found at

The stalwart Senate Republicans who voted vote NO were:

  • Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette)
  • Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville)
  • Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport)
  • Sen. John Ruckleshaus (R-Indianapolis)

Two Senate Democrats were excused from voting:

  • Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D-East Chicago) was excused for the entire day.
  • Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville)  was excused because he has a conflict of interest as a NIPSCO employee.

Two Senate Democrats voted YES:

  • Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis)
  • Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage)

The remaining NO votes came from Senate Democrats including:

  • Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis)
  • Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson)
  • Sen. Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond)
  • Sen. David Niezgodski (D-South Bend)
  • Sen. Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington)

Two other important things happened last night. Hershman named the House sponsors, Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion) who chairs the House Utilities Committee and Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso). Also Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) who chairs the Senate Utilities Committee was added as a co-author of SB 309.

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