SB 313 Amended; HB 1094 Moves to 2nd R on Mon., Feb 1st

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   January 29, 2010  /   Posted in Energy Efficient Buildings, Net Metering  /   No Comments

House Action

Although the House version of net metering, HB 1094 was on the second reading calendar yesterday (01/28/10), the House did not address the bills on second reading. It appeared they adjourned at 3:35 pm somewhat prematurely  after a skirmish on a adopting a Committee Report on HB 1369 on transportation issues. Therefore, all the bills on the second reading calendar roll over to the calendar for Monday, February 1st starting at 10:30 am.
 
When the House finally started yesterday about 11:45 am they started in reverse numerical order with bills on the third reading calendar. Then they also took a lunch break. Around 2:20 pm Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) called down HB 1063 Energy Efficient Buildings. Following a brief floor debate (less than 10 minutes) with Rep. Sean Eberhardt (R-Shelbyville) and Rep.Bill Davis (R-Portland) both spoke against the bill. Rep. Pierce opened and closed the debate. The bill passed by a vote of 51-47. The Senate sponsors are Sen. Beverly Gard (R-Greenfield) and Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage).
 
See roll call at: http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2010/PDF/Hrollcal/0087.PDF.pdf. This was mostly a party line vote with a handful of cross overs, e.g. Rep.Ed Clere (R-New Albany) voting "YES" and Rep. Terry Goodin (D-Crothersville) and Rep. Steven Stemler (D-Jeffersonville) voting "NO". Rep. Dennis Oxley (D-English) and Rep. Dan Stevenson (D-Highland) excused from voting.

Senate Action

SB 313 was amended yesterday with only one amendment offered by Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis). Eleven (11) amendments were filed for consideration, however, only a few were offered. Sen. Sue Errington (D-Muncie)  offered #3 which was rejected on a voice vote. Likewise Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) offered #3 which was rejected. Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) offered #7 and Sen. John Broden (D-South Bend)  offered #11; both rejected on a voice vote. 

The reprinted version of SB 313 with the new amendment incorporated can be found at: http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2010/PDF/SB/SB0313.2.pdf

Both net metering bills, HB 1094 and SB 313, need to pass third reading or final passage in the first house (aka house of origin) by Wednesday, February 3rd. Then bills cross-over and the process starts over in the second house.

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