This afternoon the Indiana State Senate passed SB 510 on third reading by a vote of 47 to 3. After a brief introduction of the bill by Sen. Doug Eckerty (R-Yorktown), there was very brief discussion lasting less than 10 minutes before the vote was taken.
Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) spoke against the bill indicating that she changed her opinion of the bill after language was added to SB 510 that the losing party in litigation gets to pay the attorney fees.
Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) spoke in favor of the bill, however, she stated that she didn’t think it provided enough guidance to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) and that she would have preferred stronger language.
Sen. Brent Waltz (R-Greenwood) spoke in favor of the bill noting it made needed improvements. Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D-East Chicago) was spoke in favor of the bill although he does not like the language inserted into the bill about the loser paying the attorney fees in litigation.
The bill now moves to the Indiana House for further action.