The Senate kicked off budget hearings, a committee approved a college immunization bill and the Indiana House Speaker reacted to the federal health care bill.
The state legislature will consider a law to curb Indiana’s smoking rate, which is one of the highest in the nation.
The cigarette tax hike House Republicans have proposed in their road funding bill isn't faring any better with opponents than the rest of the package.
Legislators are no longer considering bonds to fund the state's $1 billion road plan and the Senate has backed off plans to eliminate the automatic tax refund.
A proposal lawmakers are considering would roughly double the state's cigarette tax.
The House GOP plan would raise the gas tax to help generate long-term revenue for road funding.
Indiana hasn't raised its cigarette tax in eight years.
The 44 cents per pack increase starts July 1 and is earmarked for expansion of health insurance coverage for low-income Hoosiers.