January 8, 2021
Legislative Session Begins in Indiana
The Indiana General Assembly opened the 2021 session on Monday, January 4th. The 2021 Session will be unlike any other due to COVID-19. The unique circumstances and unknowns will undoubtedly figure into what and how things get accomplished during this session. The IPGA will work to ensure the propane industry’s voice is heard during this session.  

Committee Chairs of the committees most relevant to the propane industry include:
  • Senate Committee on Agriculture – State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) 
  • Senate Committee on Appropriations – State Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) 
  • Senate Committee on Environmental Affairs – State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) 
  • Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation – State Sen. Mike Crider (R-Greenfield) 
  • Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy – State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) 
  • Senate Committee on Utilities – State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) 
  • House Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development — Rep. Don Lee (R-Brookston) 
  • House Committee on Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development — Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) 
  • House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions — Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) 
  • House Committee on Environmental Affairs — Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) 
  • House Committee on Roads and Transportation — Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) 
  • House Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications — Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) 
  • House Committee on Ways and Means — Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville)

A full list of Committee Chairs can be found here.  
IPGA Introduces HB 1091
Representative Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) has introduced HB 1091 on behalf of the IPGA and Indiana’s propane industry. HB 1091 would exempt propane tanks from Indiana’s personal property tax. The IPGA believes this legislation will provide important small business relief for Indiana marketers who are forced to complete overly burdensome tax filings with many local tax jurisdictions.
Advertising Opportunities
IPGA is accepting ad placements for the 2021 advertising year in its magazine, the Propane Express and the annual Membership Directory. Advertising with IPGA is an easy, valuable and cost-effective way to get your service/product in front of the entire Indiana propane industry. The publication reaches the desks of over 200 propane professionals throughout the state of Indiana, with a total circulation of over 600 people that work with the propane industry.  
 
With the pandemic not allowing for face to face visits as much as we would prefer, advertising in the Propane Express provides you with the ability to keep your company and your products in front of the Indiana propane industry leadership, managers, and key decision makers.  
 
The Propane Express is printed and mailed semi-annually to all independent marketer, multi-state marketer, associate, individual, and honorary members.
Defense Legislation Encourages Adoption of Propane Autogas
Last week, Congress favorably voted to override President Trump’s veto of H.R. 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA), which authorizes annual appropriations and policies for the Department of Defense (DoD).

Among the many provisions in H.R. 6395 is a pilot program that requires DoD facilities to purchase new alternative fuel vehicles. Section 321 instructs at least two facilities with the largest number of non-combat vehicles and within 20 miles of public or private refueling stations to purchase new alternative fuel vehicles in place of traditional gasoline or diesel vehicles when there is less than a 10 percent cost difference. In addition to propane, natural gas and renewable biomass are also eligible for the program.

NPGA worked closely with the provision’s sponsor, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Senate Armed Services Chairman, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), to conduct outreach to House and Senate offices advocating for the program. The Association believes that the pilot program will help expand efforts to increase the use of propane autogas in government fleets. Additionally, NPGA will look to encourage the adoption of other emissions-reducing propane applications in future NDAA bills.

If you have any questions about the NDAA or the proposed pilot program, please contact Michael Baker, NPGA’s Senior Director of Legislative Affairs.
IPGA 2021 Winter Committee Meetings
IPGA is hosting virtual committee meetings on February 2 and 4, all members are welcome to attend and we encourage you to RSVP using the link below. The results of each committee meeting will be reviewed during our virtual board and membership meeting on February 10, separate registration required. (zoom links will be provided in your RSVP confirmation email)
Education and Safety Committee
February 2 • 6:00pm-7:00pm
Legislative and Regulatory Committee
February 2 • 7:00pm-8:00pm
Marketing Awareness Committee
February 4 • 6:00pm-7:00pm
Member Services Committee
February 4 • 7:00pm-8:00pm
IPGA 2021 Winter Board and Membership Meeting
IPGA is hosting a virtual board and membership meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 3:00pm-5:00pm. All members are invited to attend and we encourage you to RSVP using the link below. (zoom link will be provided in your RSVP confirmation email)

2020 Rebate Information
As a reminder, the 2020 rebate program period has closed. The Indiana Propane Education and Research Council Board of Directors will be meeting in early February to review the 2020 rebate programs and finalize the budgets and projects for the 2021 rebate programs. As approved by the Board in 2020, appliances purchased in January and February are ineligible for the rebate application program. Marketers will receive information in mid-February on projects available for the year. Please check the IPGA website for information and up to date rebate applications.
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