Sen. Steele plans to re-introduce legislation to open adoptees' birth records and sponsor a bill that would increase funeral benefits for military families.
Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, says he will not seek re-election next year.
When the criminal code bill came to the Senate floor, only the worst offenses, murder and level one felonies, were ineligible for suspended sentences.
Governor Mike Pence’s main issue with the bill is its reduction of penalties for low-level drug offenders.
The bill's author says hunting and fishing rights need to be protected, but opponents worry it would limit state regulation.
A political analyst says recent statements from Indiana officials indicates more are warming to the idea of decriminalizing marijuana.
Representative Ralph Foley and Senator Richard Bray have led the legislature’s work on criminal code evaluation for years, but both are retiring this fall.
Senator Brent Steele wants to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana as a part of a criminal sentencing overhaul.
An Indiana legislative council is scheduled to examine whether it is necessary to establish harsher penalties for those who don’t report finding a dead body.
One issue drew particular attention…studying the recent state Supreme Court ruling on the Fourth Amendment.