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2018 Legislative Session

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Even lawmakers called the end of the 2018 legislative session chaotic, as several bills didn’t make the midnight deadline.

As a result, Gov. Eric Holcomb called for the first non-budget special legislative session in 16 years.

Keep track of bills on the General Assembly website HERE. Follow discussions about the session on Twitter with the hashtag #INLegis.

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June 7, 2018

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House Minority Leader Calls For Ongoing School Safety Study

A key lawmaker at the Indiana statehouse is urging other legislative leaders to focus more on school safety and is asking for an annual study committee on the issue.

March 15, 2018

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2018 Session: Sunday Sales, Lack Of Focus And Chaotic End

Lawmakers legalized CBD oil, approved a measure to fill a funding gap for K-12 public schools, and more. But even lawmakers called the session’s end chaotic.

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July 3, 2018

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Suicide Prevention Requirements Amping Up In Schools, Statewide

New suicide prevention training requirements for teachers are part of a statewide plan to increase suicide awareness and prevention.

July 2, 2018

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Laws That Go Into Effect On July 1

Lawmakers approved more than 200 bills in 2018. Many went into effect immediately, including legalized alcohol sales on Sundays. But most take effect Sunday, July 1.

June 29, 2018

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ACLU, Planned Parenthood Applaud Halt Of Abortion Reporting Law

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the ACLU of Indiana are cheering a recent decision halting a provision of a new Indiana abortion law from taking effect Sunday.

June 28, 2018

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Judge Halts Indiana’s Latest Anti-Abortion Law

A federal judge says Indiana’s new abortion complication reporting law is likely too vague to enforce.

May 15, 2018

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Lawmakers Approve Expansive Tax Measures During Special Session

Lawmakers approved two substantial tax measures during Monday’s one-day special session.

May 15, 2018

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Indianapolis Police Arrest Protesters Blocking Traffic

Indianapolis police have arrested several people who blocked a street outside the Statehouse as part of a nonviolent protest against poverty, racism and other issues.

May 14, 2018

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Indiana Lawmakers Approve Hotly Debated School Takeover Bill

The general assembly failed to pass the legislation during the regular session earlier this year and brought it back with a handful of other measures.

May 14, 2018

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Lawmakers Approve School Safety Funding During Special Session

The new money is possible through legislation approved during Monday’s one-day special session of the General Assembly.

May 7, 2018

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Public Gets Sole Chance To Testify On Special Session Bills

Members of the public Monday got their only chance to testify on legislation the General Assembly will consider in its upcoming special session.

April 30, 2018

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Bills For Special Session Largely Unchanged

Legislation lawmakers will consider during their special session is now online for the public to view. The bills are mostly unchanged from the regular session’s end.

April 21, 2018

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Ball State-Muncie Schools Bill Included In Special Session

Indiana General Assembly leaders say they will spend part of the May 14 special session reconsidering a bill that would let Ball State University take responsibility for Muncie Community Schools.

April 20, 2018

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Republican Leaders Set Parameters For Special Session

Indiana lawmakers will consider five bills in their May 14 special session – without public testimony or amendments.

April 17, 2018

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Lawmakers Target May 14 For Special Session

State lawmakers are targeting May 14 for a special session to address a few issues that couldn’t get over the finish line during the regular session that ended last month.

April 13, 2018

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Legislation Hasn’t Solved Indiana’s Rural Broadband Problem, But REMCs Might

Despite a number of Statehouse bills, billions in grant dollars and plenty of rhetoric, broadband Internet access in rural parts of Indiana and—the country—lags behind suburban and urban areas. 

April 5, 2018

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High School Is Focus In Workforce Development Efforts

State leaders are focused on ensuring Indiana has a workforce capable of meeting the state’s job needs for the next few decades.

April 2, 2018

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Heat Exhaustion Training For Coaches Required By New Law

A new Indiana law requires school coaches to undergo training for heat-related medical issues.

April 2, 2018

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Gary Mayor: Lawmakers Need To Stay Out Of Our Schools

The mayor of Gary says lawmakers should avoid community specific mandates during the special session.

April 2, 2018

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New Indiana Law Ensures Schools May Teach Cursive Writing

A new state law ensures Indiana schools may teach cursive writing if local officials wish to do so.

April 2, 2018

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New Law Eliminates Human Trafficking Reporting To Help Victims

Health care providers will no longer have to report to law enforcement if they suspect an adult patient is the victim of human trafficking.

March 30, 2018

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Sales Tax On Food In Vending Machines Eliminated

Lawmakers this session eliminated what they saw as a quirk of state law – sales tax on food sold in vending machines.

March 27, 2018

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New Law Creates Hierarchy For Family Making Health Care Decisions

A new state law establishes a hierarchy for family members in health care decision-making.

March 27, 2018

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State Lawmakers Spar Over Special Session Salaries

Indiana’s special legislative session could cost the state up to $30,000 a day, in order to pay lawmakers’ salaries. It’s unclear how long the session will last, although the House Speaker has said he wants to keep it to one day. 

March 25, 2018

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Holcomb Signs Controversial Abortion Reporting Bill

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the remaining legislation from the 2018 session Sunday. That includes a measure that creates new abortion reporting requirements for all Indiana doctors and hospitals.

March 23, 2018

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West Lafayette Student’s Bright Idea Becomes A Law

Governor Eric Holcomb officially anointed the Say’s firefly the state insect of Indiana Friday at a bill signing at West Lafayette’s Cumberland Elementary School.

March 23, 2018

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Holcomb Signs Bill To Imposes Harsher Penalties On Drug Dealers After Overdose

Legislation signed into law this week will impose harsher penalties on drug dealers if a person overdoses and dies on those drugs.

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