A new bill in Indiana's
House of Representatives would change the way the state collects
fuel taxes, adjusting the tax upward each year to keep up
with inflation and basing it on the number of miles vehicles
travel in the state.
Under the bill, HB1762,
the tax would never drop below its current 18 cents per gallon,
or go down once it increased.
Highway lobbyists are
pushing hard for the bill, The Indianapolis Star reported,
while groups representing motorists are offering opposition.
The bill was introduced
and moved to the Committee on Ways and Means Jan. 21. No
votes have yet been taken on the bill, according to the Legislature's
Web site. The Star reported recently that House Ways
and Means Chairman Bill Crawford, D-Indianapolis, had not
scheduled a hearing yet. However, Sen. Lawrence Borst, R-Greenwood,
who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said he would discuss
the bill – if the House passes it.