Legislative Outlook

This section will provide updates on state and federal legislation that we're following. Please contact us with any questions or comments.

S. 3894 - Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020

Sponsors/Co-sponsors: Braun (R-IN), Graham (R-SC), Stabenow (D-MI), Whitehouse (D-RI)

The Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020 aims to break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate smart practices. The act creates a certification program at USDA to help solve technical entry barriers that prevent farmers and forestland owners from participating in carbon credit markets. The measure also aims to improve access to reliable information about markets and provide access to experts who can offer qualified technical assistance and verify credit protocols.

The bill currently has the backing of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Corn Growers Association, and the Environmental Defense Fund, along with businesses like McDonald's and Microsoft. More than 40 farm groups, environmental organizations, and Fortune 500 companies have endorsed the measure.

S. 3480 - PFAS Testing and Treatment Act of 2020

Sponsors/Co-sponsors: Shaheen (D-NH), 19 co-sponsors

The bill would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to authorize additional assistance to address pollution from perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalklyl substances and other emerging contaminants. It primarily redefines language in the SDWA and FWPCA to include sites contaminated by PFAs, as well as allowing for the appropriation of funds to be allotted at the state level for PFAs decontamination efforts.

Several of our faculty affiliates are currently doing research on PFAS. Learn more here.

Indiana General Assembly: 2020 Interim Study Committees of Note

Resolution creating 2020 committees

Interim Study Committee on Agricultural and Natural Resources

  • Tasked with studying the promotion of programs for agricultural soil health through "carbon farming" funds administered by the Department of Agriculture, in order to achieve a corporation's carbon footprint goals.
  • First committee hearing scheduled for September 16, 2020. See the agenda here.

Interim Study Committee on Environmental Affairs

  • Tasked with studying the IDEM Recycling Market Development Board assessment of recycling markets in Indiana and the nature and extent of recycling resources to meet the needs of the state.
  • Currently no meetings or hearings scheduled

Passed Legislation of Note

Indiana H.B. 1189 - Regarding the Use of Firefighting Foam Containing PFAS

  • Authored by Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-60)
  • Passed and enrolled on March 11, 2020
  • Effective July 1, 2020

This bill prohibits the use of Class B firefighting foam containing an intentionally added PFAS chemical: (1) for training purposes; and (2) for testing purposes, unless the testing facility has implemented appropriate measures to prevent releases of the firefighting foam to the environment.