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ISPLS Legislative Update: Halftime Report

Wednesday, February 5, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evan Hoffmeyer, Senior Communications Coordinator
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We've reached the halfway point of the 2020 legislative session, and the bill that could have the biggest impact on the surveying profession continues moving forward.


HB 1008: Occupational License Endorsement would make it easier for licensed professionals - including surveyors - who get their license in another state then move to Indiana, to then get licensed here. If the professional can prove they've passed a "substantially equivalent examination" to Indiana's exam and are in good standing, they would only need to pay a fee and complete an application form to get licensed in Indiana.


After passing out of committee 9-2, HB 1008 passed the full House 85-6. It now heads to the Senate.


SB 71: Adverse Possession Statute of Limitations was written by practicing land surveyor and ISPLS member State Sen. Blake Doriot, R-Elkhart. If passed, it would close a court-created loophole in the legal survey process.


Currently, results of a legal survey can be overturned by a neighbor's adverse possession claim even if that neighbor never appealed the results of the survey per the statute. This bill would require that if a neighbor is affected by a legal survey and they believe they have a valid adverse possession claim, they must file an affidavit of adverse possession or otherwise make their claim known before the statute runs out (90 days for in-county owners; 1 year for out-of-county owners). If no affidavit has been filed in that time, the lines would become binding on all owners.


SB 71 passed the Senate in a 49-1 vote. It now heads to the House where it has already been assigned to the Judiciary Committee.


The following bills being monitored by the Society's Government Affairs Committee either failed or were never taken up for a vote by their full chamber. That means they are most likely dead for this Session: 

  •  HB 1061: Subdividing Land: would have allowed a property owner to subdivide a parcel by deed as long as it met certain requirements. This bill passed out of committee 9-2 but the full House never took a final vote on it, so it's not moving forward.
  • SB 52: Prevailing Wage: Among other provisions, would have guaranteed minimum compensation for work on certain public projects. This bill never made it out of the Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor.
  • SB 108: Income Tax Credit for Rail Improvements: Class II and Class III railroad carriers would have been allowed to claim a tax credit valued at up to 50% of qualified reconstruction and replacement expenditures made during that tax year. This bill never made it out of the Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy.
  • SB 210: Disposal of Land by Local Government: abutting landowners who submit lower bids for purchase of real property from a political subdivision would no longer have been allowed to submit a new bid after learning the amount of the highest initial bid received. This bill never made it out of the Senate Committee on Local Government.

Other bills ISPLS is keeping an eye on this session that are still alive, but saw no developments in the past week:

Updates on these bills will be included in the weekly ISPLS newsletter throughout this legislative session.

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