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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.

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

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Key Stories

February 23, 2018

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The Statehouse dome from above.

Statehouse Update: Historic Sunday Sales, Gun Regulations

Lawmakers advanced gun regulation changes, a bill to strengthen human trafficking laws, and Sunday alcohol sales are one step away from becoming legal.

February 22, 2018

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House Speaker Brian Bosma

Sex Ed Bill Discussion Shifts To School Shooter Preparedness

Discussion on a sex education bill in the House shifted unexpectedly to school shooter response training in schools.

February 22, 2018

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Alcohol lining a shelf at a Kroger grocery store.

Legalized Sunday Sales Bill Headed To Gov., Could Take Effect Soon

A bill legalizing Sunday carryout alcohol sales in Indiana is on its way to the governor and could take effect soon.

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February 23, 2018

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Senate GOP Leader Expresses Doubts About Gun License Bill

The measure would eliminate background checks at all gun purchases for some Indiana gun license holders.

February 22, 2018

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Bill Aims To Improve DCS Communication With Schools

The bill would direct DCS to better communicate with schools and courts.

February 22, 2018

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Teacher Licensing Waivers Bill Met With Hesitation In The House

A bill designed to address the teacher shortage was met with some concern by members in the House Education Committee Thursday.

February 22, 2018

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Protesters Object To More Rules For Gary, Muncie Schools

Democratic state senators say a finances bill that enforces more rules on the distressed Gary and Muncie districts will eliminate public participation.

February 22, 2018

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Senate Committee Approves Resolution On Autism

A resolution in the Senate is urging lawmakers to look into how well schools are prepared to work with students on the autism spectrum.

February 22, 2018

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Redistricting Standards Bill Unlikely To Advance

House Elections Committee Chair Milo Smith said Wednesday he won’t give the bill a hearing.

February 21, 2018

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Panel Expands Bill Allowing Guns In Churches On School Property

Rep. Jim Lucas believes guns should be allowed on all church and school grounds. And he says the bill – and the amendment – don’t make things easier.

February 21, 2018

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House Committee Rejects Some Changes To Abortion Bill

The House Public Policy Committee rejected some changes to an anti-abortion bill.

February 21, 2018

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Indiana Gun Bill Under Scrutiny After Florida Shooting

The bill would eliminate the source of funding police use for training, including mass shooting drills. Lawmakers say they'll backfill that money next year.

February 20, 2018

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House Vote Puts Indiana Sunday Alcohol Sales Near Approval

Carryout Sunday alcohol sales are close to becoming a reality in Indiana after the House endorsed legislation previously approved by the Senate.

February 20, 2018

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Panel Gives Schools A Loophole In ‘Opt-In’ Requirement For Sex Ed

A committee passed an amended bill Tuesday that would require schools to make two attempts to notify parents of sex education curriculum before classes start.

February 20, 2018

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Bill To Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws Clears Committee

The bill's author wants to make it easier to charge people for human trafficking crimes.

February 20, 2018

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Local ‘Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense’ Committed To Reform

Local representatives of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America say they'll actively work to pass stricter gun regulations in Indiana.

February 19, 2018

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Bill To Allow Students To Carry Sunscreen Heads To Governor

One of the first bills headed to the governor’s desk this session will allow Indiana students to easily carry and apply sunscreen at school.

February 19, 2018

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Lawmakers Weigh New School Coalition Pilot Program

A school coalition pilot program making progress at the Statehouse aims to offer more flexibility to schools for the sake of student improvement.

February 19, 2018

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Voter Roll Cleanup Bill Shouldn’t Impact Ongoing Lawsuit

Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) says her bill doesn't impact a pending lawsuit in federal court on Indiana's voter roll cleanup law.

February 16, 2018

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Statehouse Update: DCS Investigation, Key Leader Retiring

A key retirement is announced, Democrats call for a special commission to investigate DCS, and legalized Sunday sales gets moved up.

February 16, 2018

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New Crime Would Increase Drug Dealing Penalties If Buyer Dies

The bill's supporters say it's largely targeted at the emergence of drugs laced with fentanyl, which has led to a spike in overdose deaths.

February 16, 2018

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Senate Education Committee Delays School Finance Bill Vote

Some committee members say the bill too radically changes plans lawmakers approved last session.

February 16, 2018

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House Committee Hears Testimony On Sex Education Bill

Opponents of the bill say it is inconsistent next to this session's anti-bullying legislation. They say this bill would ignore LGBTQ issues.

February 15, 2018

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Maternal Mortality Bill Moves Forward

The proposal would create a committee to review cases and determine cause of death.

February 15, 2018

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‘Soft Skills’ Bill Moves Forward In House

Among other things, the bill creates a statewide work ethic certificate program for students.

February 15, 2018

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Senate Panel Approves Bill To Open Up Hemp Industry In Indiana

A bill to open up the industrial hemp industry in Indiana passed a Senate panel, even as supporters face pushback from some skeptical lawmakers.

February 14, 2018

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Sunday Sales Legalized Sooner Under Change In Committee

Sunday alcohol carryout sales would become legal even earlier than expected under a legislative change made in a House committee Wednesday.

February 14, 2018

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Committee Debates Potential Changes To Airbnb Bill

Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) says he wants to clear up vagueness in his legislation regulating short-term rentals.

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