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2019 Legislative Session

Indiana lawmakers will convene on the Statehouse in January for the 2019 legislative session, where they'll determine the state budget for the next two years.

Lawmakers are also expected to consider bills about enhanced penalties for hate crimes, medical marijuana, sports wagering, workforce development, school safety, teacher pay, and much more. 

The session began January 3 and will end by April 29. Coverage from WFIU/WTIU and Indiana Public Broadcasting will be posted here throughout the session. 

Keep track of bills on the General Assembly website. Follow discussions about the session on Twitter by following our reporters and the hashtag #INLegis.

Key Stories

Apr 22, 2019

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The Indiana Statehouse

Major Gambling Bill Nears Its Final Form

The biggest pieces of the gaming bill remain intact: Gary casino operator Spectacle Entertainment could move one of its two licenses to a new facility in a more desirable location in the city. The bill would also clear the way for a new casino in Terre Haute.

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Apr 18, 2019

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Indiana House Speaker Has Deal Arranged By Casino Investor

The leader of the Indiana House is skipping votes on a major gambling-related bill after a casino investor arranged a local government contract for his law firm.

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All 2019 Session Coverage

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April 18, 2019

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Public Gets Final Chance To Testify On State Budget

The public got its last chance Thursday to weigh in on the budget bill as lawmakers finalize the state’s new two-year, $34 billion spending plan.

April 18, 2019

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Leising's Campaign For Cursive Writing Continues

Cursive writing is back on the discussion table at the statehouse, as one lawmaker continues her nearly decade-long campaign to require Hoosier schools teach cursive writing.

April 18, 2019

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State Budget Writers Have Less Money To Work With After New Forecasts

Indiana budget writers will have about $100 million less to work with than previously anticipated. A new revenue forecast unveiled Wednesday will help determine what Indiana’s new state budget will look like.

April 17, 2019

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Last Minute Push To Fund Amtrak Service Between Indy, Chicago

The Amtrak line will stop its service on June 30 if it does not receive the state funding. The train makes stops in West Lafayette, Crawfordsville and Rensselaer and Dyer.

April 17, 2019

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Bill To Provide Payouts For Exonerees Heads To Governor's Desk

The bill establishes a fund that would pay $50,000 for each year an innocent person spends behind bars.

April 17, 2019

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Fertility Fraud Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

The measure came out of the case of Indiana Dr. Donald Cline, who fathered dozens of children without his patients’ knowledge or consent.

April 17, 2019

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Vaping Tax Bill Sponsor Says Measure Could Be Revived Before Session's End

The bill would create a 20 percent tax on vaping products and modify state law to restrict the sale of vaping products to minors.

April 16, 2019

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Educators Rally As Session Winds Down, Budget Talks Heat Up

Teachers unions, the Coalition for Public Education and Indiana PTA helped organize the rally as a near-final push for more money in the state budget.

April 16, 2019

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Senate Passes Two-Year State Budget

Democrats are banking on getting some last minute changes ahead of Wednesday’s updated revenue forecast.

April 16, 2019

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Senate Republicans Reject More Than Two Dozen Democrat Amendments To Budget Bill

Republicans rejected proposals that included limiting voucher dollars to schools that discriminate and expanding the state’s recently signed hate crimes law.

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April 15, 2019

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Lending Expansion Bill Dies In The Indiana House

Republicans had argued the bill would have created what they called a “middle option” between payday lending and traditional bank loans, but still with high interest rates.

April 15, 2019

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House Unanimously Passes Bill To Help Foster Parents

Among other changes, the measure creates a new definition of a long-term foster parent – someone who’s cared for the child for at least 12 months.

April 15, 2019

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Department Of Child Services Bill Heads To Governor Holcomb

The Indiana Senate unanimously passed legislation that seeks to help Department of Child Services caseworkers by easing some of their job expectations.

April 12, 2019

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Lawsuit Challenges Ban On Online Eye Exams In Indiana

Indiana is one of three states that bans online eye exams for prescriptive lens.

April 12, 2019

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House Amends Gaming Bill, Seeks Transparency

An amendment passed Thursday to increase transparency.

April 12, 2019

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Terre Haute Gambling On Casino Bill's Success

The bill would force a Gary casino to give up one of its licenses, which would then move to Terre Haute.

April 11, 2019

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Senate Lawmakers Announce Budget Proposals, Teacher Pay Plans

The Senate GOP budget proposal would send $535 million more dollars to schools over the next two years – a $74 million increase compared to the House proposal.

April 11, 2019

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Beekeeping Bill Buzzes To Holcomb's Desk

The measure comes after some Indiana governments began exploring beekeeping bans.

April 11, 2019

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Should Kids With Reading Disabilities Get More Help On State Tests?

Some parents of students with disabilities are raising concerns about testing accommodations as the state rolls out its new standardized exam.

April 10, 2019

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Approved Amendment Would Allow Projectiles In School Shooter Training

The proposed change comes in response to an incident at an elementary school in Monticello, Indiana earlier this year.

April 10, 2019

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Senate Approves Scaled-Back Animal Cruelty Bill

The measure doesn’t go as far as its author originally wanted.

April 10, 2019

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Lending Bill Passes Out Of House Committee With Some Changes

The amendments approved in committee Tuesday were not released until an hour prior to the meeting.

April 9, 2019

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Bill Allows 12- And 13-Year-Olds To Go To Adult Court For Attempted Murder

The Indiana Senate approved legislation Monday that allows 12- and 13-year-olds accused of attempted murder to be tried in adult court.

April 8, 2019

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House Passes Bills To Punish Revenge Porn In Criminal, Civil Courts

Two bills penalizing those who share intimate or pornographic images without a person’s consent cleared the Indiana House.

April 8, 2019

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Lawmakers Pass Amended Indy Eleven Stadium Legislation

State lawmakers changed the conditions Monday for the Indy Eleven soccer team’s ability to build a new stadium and collect tax revenue from the area around it.

April 8, 2019

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House Ways And Means Panel To Hear Gary Casino Bill

An Indiana House panel is set to take up a bill that would allow one of Gary's casinos to move to Terre Haute.

April 8, 2019

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House Amends Hemp Bill, Restructures Advisory Committee

A House committee has restructured the membership of a hemp advisory committee – if growing the crop is legalized in the state.

April 5, 2019

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14-month-old Who Inspired Newborn Screening Law Dies

Bryce Clausen's family fought to have the deadly genetic condition Krabbe disease added to the state's list of medical screenings for newborns.

April 5, 2019

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Republicans Seek Two-Year Moratorium On New Power Plants

Republicans in a House committee this week voted to largely halt new power plants in Indiana for the next two years.

April 5, 2019

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Legislature Aims To Close Online Sales, Hotel Taxes Loophole

The House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation Wednesday requiring so-called "marketplace facilitators" that sell goods or services online on behalf of other entities to collect and remit sales tax to the state.

April 4, 2019

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Senate Unanimously Approves Volunteer Coach Discipline Bill

Senate lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that ensures Indiana law deals with how volunteer coaches at high schools are disciplined.

April 4, 2019

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Lawmakers Consider Third Referendum Option For School Safety

The House Ways and Means Committee approved a bill this week to let schools ask for tax hikes for safety costs alone.

April 3, 2019

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Lawmakers Move To Prohibit Projectiles During School Safety Trainings

State lawmakers voted to stop the kind of active shooter training that injured several Indiana elementary school teachers this year.

April 3, 2019

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Gov. Holcomb Signs Hate Crimes Measure Into Law

The ACLU has raised constitutional concerns over the hate crimes language, arguing it's too vague and overly-broad.

April 3, 2019

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Senate Approves Bill To Allow Minors To Consent To Pregnancy Care

Senate lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to make their own decisions about pregnancy care.

April 2, 2019

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House Committee Approves Bill Limiting 'Extraterritorial Powers' Of Small Towns, Cities

The legislation would prevent boards from halting developments within four miles of their city limits due to health and safety concerns.

April 2, 2019

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Bill To Expand Abortion Ethical Exemptions Heads To Governor

A bill allowing pharmacists to refuse to dispense abortion-inducing drugs is one step away from becoming law.

April 2, 2019

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House Rejects Rental Fee Cap Increase After Court Ruling

The Indiana House rejected an attempt Monday to raise the cap on rental fees cities can charge to landlords. Current law says municipalities can’t charge landlords an inspection fee of more than $5 per unit.

April 1, 2019

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Hate Crimes Bill Advocates Urge More Comprehensive Measure

Hate crimes legislation advocates say Gov. Eric Holcomb should veto a current bias crimes bill if lawmakers don’t make it more comprehensive.

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