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2018 Legislative Session

Indiana Statehouse

The 2018 legislative session is short because it’s not a budget year. Lawmakers started Jan. 3 and should wrap up in mid-March.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says the session lacks a central focus. But several contentious issues are expected to make an appearance.

Keep Track Of Proposed Bills

Keep track of bills as they move through the process on the General Assembly website HERE.

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Key Stories

January 16, 2018

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Indianapolis short-term rental owner Jim Borthwick testifies before a House committee.

House Committee Easily Passes Bill To Block Short-Term Rental Bans

No one spoke in opposition during Tuesday’s House committee hearing.

January 12, 2018

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Jefferson Township in Owen County would have to merge with a neighboring township under the proposal.

Bill Would Eliminate More Than 300 Of Indiana’s Townships

Under the proposal, all townships with fewer than 1,200 residents would be forced to merge with others.

January 10, 2018

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Senate Committee Approves Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

A Senate committee easily approved legislation to allow stores to sell alcohol on Sundays. It’s the first time such legislation has ever advanced in the Senate.

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January 16, 2018

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Senate Approves Bill To Expand Baby Box Locations

The Senate unanimously passed legislation to expand locations where baby boxes can be used, even as some senators express concerns surrounding the devices.

January 16, 2018

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House Committee Cautiously Begins Debate On Township Reform Bill

A House committee cautiously began debate on a bill that would force more than three hundred townships across the state to consolidate.

January 16, 2018

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Advocates Say Hate Crime Law Would Help Indiana’s Reputation

Proponents of establishing a hate crimes law expressed optimism during a Statehouse rally Tuesday that this could be their year.

January 16, 2018

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House Committee Easily Passes Bill To Block Short-Term Rental Bans

No one spoke in opposition during Tuesday’s House committee hearing.

January 15, 2018

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Lawmakers Cautious Of 529 College Saving Plans Paying K-12 Tuition

Indiana lawmakers want to study the impact of 529 College Savings Plans on state revenue.

January 12, 2018

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This Week At The Statehouse: Sunday Sales, State Of The State

Gov. Eric Holcomb delivered his State of the State, Sunday alcohol sales took a historic step, and a Senate panel voted to expand food stamps to ex-offenders.

January 12, 2018

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Bill Would Eliminate More Than 300 Of Indiana’s Townships

Under the proposal, all townships with fewer than 1,200 residents would be forced to merge with others.

January 11, 2018

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School Principals Share Concerns On New Grad Pathways

Some school principals have said locally created pathways are critical, but the state has yet to outline what those requirements will look like.

January 11, 2018

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Bill To Lift Ban On Drug Offenders Receiving SNAP Moves To Senate

The ban includes any conviction of Schedule 1 drug offense, for example: cocaine, marijuana, opioids, and LSD.

January 11, 2018

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Computer Science Bill Receives Positive Testimony, Few Concerns

The Senate education committee heard testimony on a bill to mandate schools teach computer science.

January 10, 2018

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School Funding Fix Advances To House

Legislation that would fix a school funding shortfall unanimously passed out of a key General Assembly committee Wednesday.

January 10, 2018

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Senate Committee Approves Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

A Senate committee easily approved legislation to allow stores to sell alcohol on Sundays. It’s the first time such legislation has ever advanced in the Senate.

January 10, 2018

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Chief Justice Focuses On Drug Crisis In State Of The Judiciary

Chief Justice Loretta Rush told lawmakers the state’s court system is prepared to meet the challenges it faces, including the ongoing opioid epidemic.

January 10, 2018

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IN Among States Expected To Debate Sports Betting Regulation Bills

Indiana is among 18 states predicted to introduce a bill this year that would regulate sports betting.

January 9, 2018

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Holcomb Address Sets Specifics On Workforce, Touches On DCS

Gov. Eric Holcomb is seeking to reassure Hoosiers his administration will do “whatever it takes” to fix problems at the Department of Child Services.

January 9, 2018

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Veterans Legislative Day Highlights Priorities

More than 100 Hoosier veterans attended the annual event, many met with lawmakers to discuss legislative priorities.

January 9, 2018

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Committee Approves Bill To Help Veterans With Education Benefits

Military veterans won’t have certain financial resources counted against them when applying for tuition aid under legislation advanced Tuesday.

January 9, 2018

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Schools In Financial Trouble Could Get New Early Warning System

Lawmakers will consider legislation to identify and provide help to schools that are facing financial problems before they reach crisis levels.

January 9, 2018

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Legislative Leaders Expect DCS Talk From State Of The State

Indiana legislative leaders anticipate Gov. Holcomb will address recent controversy at the Department of Child Services in his State of the State tonight.

January 8, 2018

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Republican Senate Leaders Outline 2018 Priorities

Those priorities include Sunday alcohol sales, opioid abuse prevention, and covering a gap in school funding left by an enrollment miscalculation.

January 8, 2018

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Senate Panel Passes Bill To Allow Dead People’s Votes To Count

The Senate committee's approval comes despite objections from Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office.

January 8, 2018

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Senate Panel Advances Bill To Allow No-Excuse Absentee Voting

All Hoosier voters could cast absentee ballots by mail without any excuse under legislation advanced Monday by a Senate panel.

January 8, 2018

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Senate Committee To Take Up Cold Beer, Sunday Sales Bills

The chairman of an Indiana Senate committee that handles alcohol matters has scheduled a hearing for a bill to allow retail Sunday booze sales.

January 5, 2018

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Transportation Committee Leaders Move Forward In 2018 Session

Transportation committee leaders in the Indiana General Assembly say their work isn’t done after last session’s landmark road funding bill.

January 5, 2018

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Influential GOP Lawmaker Calls For Medical Marijuana Study

One of the most powerful Republicans in the Indiana House of Representatives says the Legislature should study the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana.

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