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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 has called for the first non-budget special legislative session in 16 years. State lawmakers are targeting May 14 for the session, and say they’re confident they can wrap up the agenda in a single day.

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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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.

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.

March 15, 2018

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2018 Legislative Session Comes To Chaotic End

Chaos reigned as the 2018 legislative session came to an abrupt end. Leaders played the blame game as a handful of bills died because lawmakers ran out of time.

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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 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 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.

March 23, 2018

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New Law Exempts Certain Software From State Sales Tax

Gov. Eric Holcomb says a bill he signed Friday to exempt sales tax for software delivered as a service sends a message that Indiana wants to be a leader in the tech sector.

March 22, 2018

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Holcomb Signs Bill Requiring Harassment Training For Lawmakers

All employees of Indiana’s executive and judicial branches will be required to take workplace harassment training under new policies announced Thursday.

March 21, 2018

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Holcomb Signs Workforce Development Bills Despite Business Concerns

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed both workforce development bills passed during the 2018 session into law Wednesday.

March 21, 2018

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House Speaker Aims For Short Special Legislative Session

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says he's aiming for May's special legislative session to be a one-day job in which lawmakers take up only key bills that were on the cusp of passing during last week's legislative meltdown.

March 21, 2018

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Holcomb Signs Bill Allowing Indiana Sale Of CBD Oil

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed a bill that allows for the widespread sale of a cannabis-derived oil.

March 21, 2018

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Muncie Schools Officials Optimistic About State Funding

Officials at Muncie Community Schools are sensing some relief with news that the Indiana Assembly is gathering for a special session.  

March 20, 2018

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Holcomb Won’t Push For Self-Driving Vehicle Bill In Special Session

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he won’t push lawmakers to address autonomous vehicle regulations in the upcoming special session, but he may explore other options to help the industry locate in the state.

March 19, 2018

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McCormick Urges Further Consideration For Education Measures In Special Session

Bills on school finances and security failed in the final hours of this year’s legislative session.

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