Legislative replace: Payments coping with little one help and water infrastructure see passage Thursday night

House Bills 402 and 404, sponsored by Rep. Massey, would raise the crime threshold for blatant non-support and introduce changes to areas of the child benefit system.

House Bill 402 raises the crime threshold for blatant failure to support from $ 1,000 to $ 2,500. It did so after a committee replacement that cut the figure by $ 5,000 in what Senator Whitney Westerfield said was compromise language.

House Bill 404 updates statutory child support guidelines for the first time in decades.

On the committee, Massey said the problem was brought to him by the Child Support Commission and noted that it had been over 15 years since the state updated the guidelines. He said two additions were made to House Bill 404 to address common parenting problems by adopting the language used in Indiana. Part of House Bill 404 won’t come into effect until 2022 so the state can work with family judges to ensure childcare gets where it’s needed.

House bills 402 and 404 both passed the Senate 33-0 and are now returning to the House of Representatives vote.

In the House of Representatives, legislation to improve the water infrastructure was passed 86 to 3 and is now being passed on to the Senate.

House Bill 465, sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, aims to empower local communities to invest in water infrastructure and provide communities with a clear roadmap to form mutually beneficial partnerships with professional water companies while also opening the door to new investments and jobs to open up in local communities at a time when they are most needed.

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