Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 205

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 13-26.

Synopsis: Regional sewer districts. Requires that the board of trustees (board) of a regional sewer district (district) must be elected. Provides for the transition from an appointed to an elected board.

Effective: July 1, 2013.





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    January 7, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Elections.







Introduced

First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)


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SENATE BILL No. 205



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning environmental law.

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

SOURCE: IC 13-26-2-8; (13)IN0205.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 13-26-2-8 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 8. (a) After the hearing on the petition for the establishment of the proposed district, which may be adjourned periodically, the hearing officer shall make findings on the petition and other relevant facts and recommendations as to whether:
        (1) the petition should be:
            (A) approved;
            (B) approved with modifications; or
            (C) denied; and
        (2) a district should be established.
    (b) If the recommendation is in the affirmative, the recommendation must also include recommendations on:
        (1) the manner of the selection; or appointment;
        (2) the number; and
        (3) the terms;
of the board.
    (c) The description of the territory to be included in a district may not include territory in a municipality that has, by ordinance or resolution filed with the department, exercised the option not to be included in the district.
SOURCE: IC 13-26-2-10; (13)IN0205.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 13-26-2-10 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 10. (a) If the commissioner determines that the findings show that the establishment of a recommended district:
        (1) complies with the conditions of this chapter for establishment of a district; and
        (2) appears capable of accomplishing the purpose or purposes in an economically feasible manner;
the commissioner shall issue an order directing that the district be established as an independent municipal corporation with a name and for the purposes designated in the order.
    (b) An order must do the following:
        (1) Provide for the selection or appointment and terms of offices, not to exceed four (4) years, of the board as follows:
            (A) For an order issued before July 1, 2013, by election or appointment.
            (B) For an order issued after June 30, 2013, by election.

        (2) Provide requirements for sufficient bond for all officers, trustees, or employees having power to dispense money of the district.
        (3) If an eligible entity with territory in the district has a public water or solid waste sewer system, contain provisions protecting the investments of the entities and protecting the rights of the holders of bonds or other obligations issued to provide money for the system.
        (4) Direct the district to file a detailed plan for the initial project of the district not later than nine (9) months after the date of the preliminary order or within a further time that the department from time to time orders.
     (c) An order issued before July 1, 2013, is subject to amendment under IC 13-26-4-9.
SOURCE: IC 13-26-4-2; (13)IN0205.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 13-26-4-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 2. (a) An order issued before July 1, 2013, establishing a district may provide for the board to be elected by the voters in the district from districts or wards or from the district at large.
     (b) An order issued after June 30, 2013, establishing a district must provide for the board to be elected by the voters in the

district from districts or wards or from the district at large.
    (c)
Elections and provisions for filling vacancies must be in accordance with IC 3, with the commissioner or the commissioner's designees performing the functions of the election officials.

SOURCE: IC 13-26-4-3; (13)IN0205.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. IC 13-26-4-3 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 3. (a) This section does not apply to orders issued after June 30, 2013.
    (b)
Instead of electing the board, an order establishing a district may provide for appointments to the board by the elected executive or legislative officers of the eligible entities having territory in the district.
SOURCE: IC 13-26-4-4; (13)IN0205.1.5. -->     SECTION 5. IC 13-26-4-4 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 4. (a) This section does not apply to orders issued after June 30, 2013.
    (a) (b) If:
        (1) a district will include territory in more than one (1) county;
        (2) a county executive has filed a petition for a district including territory owned, leased, or controlled by the department of natural resources; or
        (3) the department of natural resources has filed a petition;
the order establishing the district may provide that the governor appoints any number of trustees, but less than one-half (1/2) of the total.
    (b) (c) If a district contains or a proposed district will contain a state correctional facility, the department, when:
        (1) issuing an order establishing the district under IC 13-26-2-10; or
        (2) approving or modifying a petition filed by the district's board of trustees under IC 13-26-1-2;
may allow for the appointment of one (1) member of the board of trustees of the district by the commissioner of the department of correction.
SOURCE: IC 13-26-4-5; (13)IN0205.1.6. -->     SECTION 6. IC 13-26-4-5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 5. (a) This section does not apply to an order issued after June 30, 2013.
     (b) If a plan also contemplates that sewage treatment for the district will be provided in cooperation with a municipality, the order must provide that:
        (1) at least one (1) trustee shall be appointed by the executive of the municipality; and
        (2) at least:
            (A) one (1) trustee shall be appointed by the fiscal body; and
            (B) one (1) trustee shall be appointed by the executive;
        of the county having the largest amount of territory in the district.
SOURCE: IC 13-26-4-9; (13)IN0205.1.7. -->     SECTION 7. IC 13-26-4-9 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 9. (a) This section applies to an order that:
        (1) is issued before July 1, 2013; and
        (2) provides for appointment of at least one (1) trustee.
    (b) Not later than January 1, 2014, an order must be amended to provide for:
        (1) the election of all trustees in accordance with IC 3, with the commissioner or the commissioner's designees performing the functions of the election officials; and
        (2) the transition from appointed to elected trustees.