Raatz: Bill To Address Proof Of Mailing Dates Passes Committee

Friday, January 29, 2021 at 5:00 AM

By State Senator Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond), news release

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Shutterstock photo.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A bill authored by State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) that would address proof of mailing dates unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Local Government today.

Through the United States Postal Service, small-and medium-sized businesses can use a cost-effective meter to print accurate postage on mail pieces as proof of payment, while stamps serve as proof of payment for the general public. Under current law, metered mail is treated separately from general mail in that it does not receive an updated date and time printed on it when being sorted at the post office. This could result in a business being held accountable for any delays in the mailing process.

Senate Bill 195 would provide that payment mailed to the county treasurer with metered postage is timely received if: the envelope is properly addressed to the county treasurer; has sufficient metered postage from an approved meter provider by the United States Postal Service; the metered postage is affixed to the envelope and bears the actual date of when it was affixed and that the date listed is on or before the due date; and the envelope is received by the county treasurer no later than five days after the due date.

"County treasurers across the state have a hard time deciphering when metered mail was sent compared to when it is received," Raatz said. "This five-day grace period would keep businesses from being fined for mail that was sent on time and will allow county treasurers to work more efficiently."

SB 195 will now be considered by the full Senate. To learn more about SB 195, click here.

More from Local News


Lawrenceburg High School Recognized During Early College Endorsement Celebration

Lawrenceburg High School was honored for being an Early College High School since 2013.

The Southeast Indiana Workforce Investment Board Announces Expansion of Jobs for America’s Graduates Program in Decatur County.

Greensburg Community High School, North Decatur Jr Sr High, and South Decatur Jr Sr High are the three being added with this expansion.

Civil War Veteran William Early to Receive New Grave Marker

William James Early was born into slavery. When he enlisted to fight in the Civil War he had to do so under his slave name, Gaines.

Grace Quinlan Placed 17th at NCAA Outdoor National Championships

Grace Quinlan earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades in the high jump Saturday.

Parris Wins Another International Medal in Olympic Tune Up

Parris is among the favorites to compete for Olympic gold at 125 kg this summer.

Local Sports Report - June 6, 2024

Lawrenceburg's Camerson Williamson and East Central's Ethan Moorman competed at Golf Regionals.

On Air

Your Hometown Radio Station playing
Morgan Wallen - Whiskey Glasses

Kip Moore Last Shot 20:40
Alan Jackson Chasing That Neon Rainbow 20:35
Luke Bryan Rain Is A Good Thing 20:32
Garth Brooks Much Too Young 20:29