During the last session of the General Assembly, a bill requiring all school buses to have seat belts by 2015 did not pass.
Democrats say the most pressing healthcare issues the state faces aren’t on the committee’s agenda.
State lawmakers say putting the “ag-gag” bill in a summer study committee could help pass the measure after dying on the final day of the 2013 session.
The full General Assembly will meet this summer to consider overriding one of Governor Mike Pence’s vetoes.
Senator Joe Donnelly emphasized the importance of passing a long-term farm bill that provides help to the agriculture community while reducing the deficit.
Legislative leaders worry about the high number of issues it must consider this year.
Finances, economic development and legislation passed in the last session of the General Assembly are topics at the meeting.
But the expansion isn’t nearly as broad as many, including Pence, wanted.
Legislators plan to vote in early evening on a new state budget which calls for a five-percent income tax cut, phased in over the next four years.
Overall revenues were boosted by a surge in individual income tax collections, which came in more than $70 million ahead.