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[r68] Government reduction bill major 2014 session accomplishment
Start Date: 3/13/2014 All Day
End Date: 3/13/2014
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STATEHOUSE – At the start of the 2014 session, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), joined by State Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) and other House Republicans, unveiled the Working on Progress legislative agenda. One of these bills, House Bill (HB) 1005, was authored by Rep. McMillin to eliminate burdensome regulations by removing duplicate, outdated and unnecessary provisions in the Indiana Code. HB 1005 was approved on final passage in the House today with a vote of 78 to 20 and is one of the largest government reduction bills in Indiana’s history.

“Lawmakers tend to focus on adding laws and putting additional language into the Indiana Code rather than removing it which is why we have seen it double in size since 1976,” said Rep. McMillin. “I authored House Bill 1005, which is a focal point in our legislative agenda this session, to increase government efficiency by removing regulations once they have become archaic, duplicated or unnecessary. Consolidating the code will not only eliminate confusion and costly provisions, it also cuts red tape to help businesses and Hoosiers alike.”

In 2012, a poll conducted by the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Businesses discovered that 55 percent of business owners say they would not start a business today given the current environment and what they know about the process.

Once signed by the governor, HB 1005 removes the Responsible Property Transfer Law (RPTL) which required documentation to be disclosed for certain property transfers. While this law was revolutionary in 1989, the private sector has developed procedures to encompass what the RPTL entails.

“Indiana must continue to stand as a prime example of how government can – and should – function. Smaller government is a better government,” said Speaker Bosma.

Another provision in HB 1005 repeals a law dating back to 1965 which required businesses to file notice with the county clerk when they are having a ‘going out of business sale.’ The law was in place to prevent false advertising, but since other laws exist to address this concern, the regulations were unnecessary and burdensome to Hoosier businesses. In fact, some county clerks, like in Elkhart, have not issued a license under this law since 1998.

A main component of HB 1005 makes various changes to the Title 9 portion of the Indiana Code. Other portions of the bill remove obsolete language no longer used by the Department of Labor, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Family and Social Services Administration to list a few.

“Keeping the Indiana Code current and removing needless regulations increases government efficiency and allows our free market system to function more smoothly,” said Rep. McMillin. “I’m proud to say this session we were able to remove many of these outdated provisions in order to help reduce the size and scope of government, saving Hoosiers both time and money.”

Visit for more information about HB 1005.


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Name: Ben Gavelek
Phone: 317-234-9290
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