Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1115

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 4-4-30 .

Synopsis: Taxpayer protection and development assistance. Requires the department of commerce to: (1) adopt a standardized information form that must be completed by any person applying for development assistance; (2) publish a report based on the completed information forms; and (3) provide the report at no cost in both printed and electronic form to the public.

Effective: July 1, 2002.





Cheney




    January 8, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Technology.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2002)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1115



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state and local administration.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 4-4-30; (02)IN1115.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 4-4-30 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002]:
    Chapter 30. Taxpayer Protection and Development Assistance Disclosure
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "development assistance" means any form of public assistance provided by a granting body to stimulate economic development of a specific corporation, business, industry, geographic area, or part of Indiana's economy. The term includes the following:
        (1) Tax deductions under IC 6-1.1-12.1.
        (2) Tax credits under the enterprise zone program.
        (3) Training grants, including grants provided by the department of workforce development and grants or other assistance under the training 2000 program established under IC 4-4-4.6.
        (4) Loans and loan guarantees.
        (5) Tax increment financing.
        (6) Grants, including research and development grants.
        (7) Fee waivers.
        (8) Land price subsidies.
        (9) Infrastructure, the principal beneficiary of which is a single business or defined group of businesses at the time the infrastructure is built or improved.
        (10) Matching funds.
        (11) Industrial development bonds.
        (12) Inventory tax credits under IC 6-1.1-20.7.
    Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "granting body" means Indiana or a political subdivision that provides development assistance.

     Sec. 3. (a) The department of commerce shall, before January 1, 2003, adopt a standardized information form that must be completed by a person applying for development assistance under a program or fund operated or administered by a granting body.
    (b) The information form under this section must require at least the following information:
        (1) An application tracking number that is specific to each granting body and each application for development assistance.
        (2) The name, street and mailing address, telephone number, and executive of the granting body.
        (3) The name, street and mailing address, telephone number, and principal officers of the controlling entity of the applicant for development assistance.
        (4) The name, street and mailing address, telephone number, four (4) digit standard industrial classification (SIC) number, and chief officer of the applicant for development assistance at any specific project site for which development assistance is sought.
        (5) The total number of the applicant's full-time, part-time, and temporary employees who work at a specific project site on the date of the application.
        (6) The total number of full-time, part-time, and temporary employees who are employed in Indiana by the applicant's controlling entity or any subsidiary of the controlling entity on December 31 of the year preceding the date of the applicant's application.
        (7) The type and value of the development assistance for which the applicant is applying.
        (8) The total number of new full-time, part-time, and

temporary jobs that the applicant estimates will be created by the development assistance.
        (9) The average hourly wage or salary that the applicant will pay to full-time, part-time, and temporary employees described in subdivision (6) during the first calendar year after those employees are hired.
        (10) For an application for development assistance related to a specific project site located in a metropolitan statistical area (as defined by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census), the average hourly wage paid in Indiana to nonmanagerial employees employed in the applicant's industry, as most recently provided by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. The information required under this subdivision must be listed according to two (2) digit standard industrial classification (SIC) numbers or three (3) digit standard industrial classification (SIC) numbers, if that information is available.
        (11) For an application for development assistance related to a specific project site that is not located in a metropolitan statistical area (as defined by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census), the average weekly wage paid in the county in which the project is located, as most recently reported by the United States Department of Commerce in the "County Business Patterns" report or a similar report.
        (12) The type and amount of employer paid health care coverage that the applicant will provide to its new employees not more than ninety (90) days after hiring. The applicant must specify any costs that will be paid by the new employees.
        (13) A list of all other forms of development assistance that the applicant is seeking and the name of the granting body from which that development assistance is sought.
        (14) A description of effects the applicant's use of the development assistance may have on employment at any site in a United States jurisdiction controlled by the applicant or the applicant's controlling entity, including any automation, consolidation, merger, acquisition, product line movement, business activity movement, or restructuring by either the applicant or the controlling entity.
        (15) Individual certifications by the executives of the applicant and the granting body as to the accuracy of the application, under penalty of perjury.


    (c) Beginning January 1, 2003, an applicant for development assistance must complete an information form under this section and submit the information form to the granting body from which the development assistance is sought. The granting body shall forward a copy of each completed information form to the department of commerce.
    (d) The department shall, before September 30 of each year, update the information form required by this section.
    Sec. 4. (a) The department of commerce shall, before November 1 of each year, publish a report compiling and summarizing the information provided to the department under section 3 of this chapter.
    (b) The report required by this section must include at least the following information:
        (1) The total amount of development assistance provided by all granting bodies.
        (2) The total amount of development assistance provided in various regions of the state.
        (3) The distribution of development assistance by the amount of development assistance.
        (4) The distribution of development assistance by type and by public purpose.
    (c) The department of commerce shall make the following available in both print and electronic form at no cost to the public:
        (1) The report published under this section.
        (2) All information provided to the department under this chapter by a granting body or by a person receiving development assistance.
The report shall be written at an eighth grade reading level. The report and information shall be made available at a centralized physical location as determined by the department and on the department's public information page on its Internet site on the world wide web established under IC 4-4-3-22.
    Sec. 5. (a) A local government granting body that provides development assistance must, before September 1, file with the department of commerce a report listing the persons receiving development assistance who failed to provide the information required by section 3 of this chapter.
    (b) If a local government granting body does not provide the department of commerce with the information required by this section before September 1, the department of commerce shall provide the local government granting body with notice that the

information must be filed. If the local government granting body does not provide the department of commerce with the required information within fourteen (14) days after the notice is provided, the department of commerce:
        (1) shall suspend any current development assistance activities under its control in the granting body's jurisdiction; and
        (2) may not complete any current development assistance or provide any additional development assistance in the granting body's jurisdiction;
until the granting body provides the information required by section 3 of this chapter.
    (c) The department of commerce shall provide information and assistance to local government granting bodies concerning the granting bodies' reporting requirements under this section.

    Sec. 6. If a granting body or the department of commerce does not enforce or carry out the requirements of this chapter, a person who paid state income taxes or paid property taxes to a taxing unit in the preceding year, or any organization representing such a person, is entitled to bring a civil action to compel enforcement of this chapter. In an action under this section, a court shall award reasonable attorney's fees and actual incurred costs in pursuing the action to a prevailing plaintiff or organization.