Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) voted for the legislation Thursday, but Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana) voted against it.
Indiana has a law on its books similar to the one in Arizona. Indiana's law is currently being reviewed in federal court.
A federal judge had already blocked two portions of Indiana’s law after another lawsuit was filed back in May.
The courts have blocked two parts of Indiana’s immigration law and a similar law in Alabama is also being challenged.
The state will not pursue an appeal of the preliminary injunction, instead focusing on opposing the permanent injunction.
In the ruling, the judge said that could encompass those who haven’t broken the law, rendering it problematic.
U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker says the law violates the constitution‘s due-process and search-and-seizure provisions.
While the state argues it's merely trying to enact and enforce immigration laws, the ACLU of Indiana thinks the state is overstepping its bounds.
The bill requires employers who contract with or receive grants from the state to verify their employees’ legal status.
The Senate Education committee heard testimony on a bill prohibiting illegal immigrants from paying in-state tuition at Indiana colleges and universities.