INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Lawmakers are focusing on commercial solar and wind power energy projects with one of the bills heading through the Statehouse in Indianapolis this session.

Senate Bill 411 would establish a center devoted to handling aspects of these projects, including the distribution of information regarding permits needed to get them underway.

The center would work with permit authorities and would create a program to certify commercial solar and wind power energy ready communities. The center would also establish standard requirements for these projects, including setback requirements, height restrictions and signal interference.

This bill passed out of the full Senate and is under review in a House committee.


Another bill still alive at the Statehouse would set some job search requirements for those filing for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

House Bill 1410 would require people to provide evidence of job searches for three weeks preceding the application, with at least six contacts with employers and three submitted job applications or resumes for each of the three weeks.

Similar requirements would be in place to remain within the TANF program.

There are several demographics that would not be included in these requirements, including those medically certified as unfit for employment, certain caretakers and those participating in certain rehab programs.

This bill has passed out of the full House and is under review in a Senate committee.


Veteran mental health is the focus of a resolution progressing through legislative chambers in Indianapolis.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 recognizes the issue of veteran suicide in the Hoosier state, citing data that shows the rate of veteran suicide is more than double the rate of non-veteran suicide in Indiana.

According to the resolution, there are more than 400,000 veterans to serve in Indiana. The resolution says state lawmakers will remain vigilant in efforts to meet the mental health needs of those veterans.

This resolution passed through the Senate and the House and was then referred back to the Senate.