As the 2019 Indiana General Assembly gets underway to establish the 2019-20 state budget, the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC) is eyeing a number of key issues that will impact both industries.

The association reported in its newsletter that leadership is already indicating it will be a tight budget as nearly 75% of projected new revenues will go toward fully funding the Department of Child Services.

Legislation that IMHA-RVIC will weigh in on includes:

• Sen. Blake Doriot (R-Syracuse) is introducing legislation to exempt consumers from other states and countries from the Indiana Sales Tax on purchases of RVs and cargo trailers if the units are to be registered and licensed in another state or country. This bill may have a better chance of becoming law due to a recent Indiana Supreme Court case that caused uncertainty in the existing law.

• Sen. Doriot will also author legislation to clarify that individuals who drive away RVs for delivery to dealers will be considered independent contractors. This is another issue now before the Indiana Supreme Court.

 • Doriot will also be introducing legislation to expand the responsibility of the Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Department of Natural Resources. The purpose will be to coordinate and promote all forms of outdoor recreation in the state, to help attract tourism and build upon the $1 billion in tax revenue already generated by outdoor recreation in Indiana.

• The association is working with Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson to clarify that local zoning variances will not be required for MH communities applying for a dealer license, if the homes they sell are intended to remain and be installed in the MH Community.