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What Does HB 1381 Do?

First of all, you can read the text of the bill  here . Indiana has a policy of  home rule  that grants counties, cites, and towns "all the powers that they need for the effective operation of government as to local affairs." (IC 36-1-3-2)  For example, if a company wants to build hundreds of towering, noisy wind turbines in your community, they have to get permission from your county commissioners first. In recent years, wind companies have tried to do exactly that in many counties across Indiana.  In a few places they've succeeded (such as Benton and White counties), but in most they have failed, as local officials have rejected those plans after being presented all the facts about how wind power is  not all it's cracked up to be . So the wind companies are doing an end-around, quietly hoping you don't notice.  HB 1381 would remove the home rule that prevents the Indiana landscape from being cluttered with  thousands  of wind turbines.  They would be permi

What is the Status of the Bill?

 Updated February 17, 2021 at 9:00 pm: Current Status HB 1381  was voted out of House on February 17th by a vote of 58 to 38.  To see how your representative voted, see the roll call here . The bill now heads to the Senate. How a House bill becomes a law in Indiana  (We hope and pray that you don't, HB 1381) Bill is assigned to a House committee  Committee hearing is scheduled for the bill   Hearing is held, and bill is potentially amended by the committee Bill is voted out of committee Entire House may potentially amend the bill Bill is voted out of the House   <-- You are here. Bill is assigned to a Senate committee  Committee hearing is scheduled for the bill Hearing is held, and bill is potentially amended by the committee Bill is voted out of committee Entire Senate may potentially amend the bill Bill is voted out of the Senate If the Senate amended the bill, the author can accept the changed bill and send it back to the House for one last vote If the bill's author doe

Follow the $$$

HB 1381 was "authored" by Rep. Ed Soliday , a Republican from Valparaiso and Chairman of the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee.  "Authored" is in quotes because it's clear the bill was written by lawyers from the Big Wind and Solar companies as the restrictions and regulations are the preferred standards straight out of their company manuals. Why did Rep. Soliday introduce HB 1381?  It should be noted that he faced a competitive challenger for re-election in 2020.  Take a look at some of the contributions from his campaign finance reports for last year: NiSource Inc.  Columbus OH -  $7,000 American Electric Power , Columbus OH -  $2,000 APEX Clean Energy, Inc. Charlottsville VA -  $1,500 WindPAC , Washington DC -  $1,000 EDF Renewable Services, Inc. , San Diego CA - $500 Invenergy , Chicago IL - $500 CenterPoint Energy, Inc.  Houston TX - $500 It may be that Rep. Soliday was 100% motivated to introduce HB 1381 because he feels it is the r

How Can I Help?

Most people don't follow the day-to-day actions of the legislature.  Why should you?  You have more important things to do.  That is exactly what the wind and solar companies are counting on.  There are a few simple things you can do, though, to keep this bill from becoming law: 1.  Let both your state representative and state senator know you are opposed to HB 1381 To see who represents you in the general assembly, visit  this site . Call the numbers provided and ask for the legislator's office .  The House Republican switchboard is (800) 382-9841, the House Democrat switchboard is (800) 382-9842, and the switchboard for all senators is (800)-382-9467. Be polite and simply ask that the legislator vote against HB 1381. If you would rather send an e-mail, find their contact info here . If you would rather send a letter, the Statehouse address is  200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis IN 46204 . If you have extra time, you can also reach out to other legislat

Legislator Directory

Legislators are not royalty.  They have jobs and families just like all of us.  They may not realize why this bill is a bad idea.  There's no need to be confrontational or angry when you contact them.  Just respectfully ask that they vote against House Bill 1381.  Add whatever words you want to express that you don't want wind or solar farms in your community and you don't want the state to take away the authority of local officials to prevent them. Please contact the legislators for your area. If you're not sure who that is, click  here .  You can also reach out to the legislative leaders and members of the Senate  Utilities committee  (where the bill likely heads next).  If you would rather send a letter, the Statehouse address is 200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis IN 46204.  Below the Republican representatives are shown in red , Democrats in blue . Senators  / switchboard for all senators is  (800) 382-9467 Ron Alting -  s22@iga.in.gov Scott Baldwin -  s20@iga.

Wind and Solar Power: Not What It's Cracked Up to Be

It's not so much about protecting the environment and being efficient; it's about money for big companies and controlling what goes on in your back yard. W ind and solar are simply not practical or cost-efficient ways to generate power.  Electricity has to be used at the same time it's produced.  Obviously the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine.  As a result, wind and solar must be augmented by other power sources, typically from fossil fuels, and so carbon emissions are not significantly reduced. Nonetheless, because of the perception that wind and solar are environmentally friendly, government subsidies (i.e., your money) have made establishing these power sources profitable in the short term for energy companies.  However, in the long term the costs outweigh the benefits, and the energy companies leave town and you are left holding the bag. Both wind and solar farms reduce property values.  Land owners where the installations are placed do