2022 Legislative Review

We will update the 2022 session bill list once it becomes available

Deadline for Senate bills: January 7, 2022

Deadline for House bills: January 11, 2022

BillDigestAuthor/s
Senate Bill 35Logjam removal fund. Establishes the logjam removal fund through the department of natural resources for the purpose of removing logjams or obstructions in waterways.Sen. Dennis Kruse.
Senate Bill 85Drainage task force. Requires the task force to: (1) review the responsibilities of landowners and state and local authorities under current laws relating to the drainage of land; (2) make certain determinations concerning drainage and regulatory matters; and (3) determine whether the balance between state authority and local authority over drainage of agricultural land favors state authority more in Indiana than in neighboring states.Sen. Jean Leising
Senate Bill 127Study of low-carbon and green industries. Requires the Indiana University Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs to: (1) assess the potential for the development of low-carbon and green industries in Indiana and the job creation, economic growth, and wealth generation that could result for Indiana communities from the development of these industries; and (2) report the results of its assessment to the legislative council in an electronic format not later than December 1, 2022.Sen. Timothy Lanane
Senate Bill 147Underground pumped storage hydropower. Adds underground pumped storage hydropower using: (1) abandoned coal mines; (2) abandoned quarries; or (3) other suitable sites; located in Indiana to the list of sources and technologies that qualify as “clean energy resources” for purposes of the statute governing the Indiana voluntary clean energy portfolio standard program. Provides that this technology qualifies as a “renewable energy resource” for purposes of the statute providing certain financial incentives for energy utilities to invest in clean energy projects. Sen. Eric Koch
Senate Bill 255Climate and environmental justice task force. Establishes the climate and environmental justice task force (task force). Provides that the task force consists of 17 members. Requires the task force to: (1) develop a climate action plan that recommends policies the state should implement to systematically mitigate climate change, facilitate adaptation to the effects of climate change in Indiana, and simultaneously enhance statewide economic development; and (2) not later than November 1, 2022, submit the climate action plan to the executive director of the legislative services agency for distribution to the members of the general assembly and the governor.Sen. Ron Alting
Senate Bill 278Indiana geological and water survey advisory council. Requires, rather than allows, the president of Indiana University to appoint a geological and water survey advisory council (council). Requires the state geologist to serve as secretary of the council. Provides that the state geologist may cast the deciding vote to break a tie. Requires the council to meet quarterly. Establishes the institute for quality water. Establishes the institute for reliable energy. Allows the Indiana board of licensure for professional geologists (board) to elect a secretary who is not a member of the board.Sen. Andy Zay
House Bill 1013State fossil. Designates the mastodon as the official state fossil of Indiana.Rep. Randall Frye
House Bill 1025Septic system inspection and well water testing. Provides that, after June 30, 2023, if a dwelling is connected to a residential onsite sewage system: (1) the residential onsite sewage system must be inspected by a qualified inspector and the property owner must state the inspector’s determination in the real estate sales disclosure form required under current law; and (2) if the residential onsite sewage system is not inspected, if the inspector…..Rep. Mike Aylesworth
House Bill 1184Regulation of PFAS contaminants. Requires the state department of health (state department) to establish state maximum contaminant levels for PFAS in water provided by public water systems. Provides that maximum contaminant levels established by the state department: (1) must be protective of public health, including the health of vulnerable subpopulations; and (2) may not be less stringent than any maximum contaminant level or health advisory promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.Rep. Ryan Dvorak
House Bill 1186Fertilizer runoff and Lake Michigan discharges. Amends the water pollution control law effective July 1, 2024, to: (1) eliminate an exception to the prohibition against causing water pollution that applies to fertilizer runoff from a field in a storm event or irrigation return flow if the fertilizer was applied to the land in compliance with rules of the state chemist; (2) eliminate a provision requiring the commissioner of the department of environmental management (commissioner) to allow for a mixing zone in a permit that involves a discharge into Lake Michigan if the permit applicant can demonstrate that the mixing zone will not cause harm to human health or aquatic life; and (3) eliminate a provision under which the commissioner, in issuing a permit authorizing a discharge into a mixing zone in Lake Michigan, is required to allow for mixing initiated by the use of submerged, high rate diffuser outfall structures (or their equivalent) that provide turbulent initial mixing and minimize organism exposure times. Makes conforming changes.Rep. Ryan Dvorak