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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 25, 2019

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2019 Session: Quiet With Few Major Controversies

A lot of Indiana lawmakers described the 2019 session the same way – it was a quiet one, with no big blowups or major controversies that typically characterize the General Assembly’s annual term.

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Apr 26, 2019

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2019 Session: How Did Lawmakers Address Big Education Issues This Year?

The 2019 legislative session has officially come to an end, and lawmakers’ attempts to address a number of education issues are receiving mixed reviews.

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All 2019 Session Coverage

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August 28, 2019

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Legalized Sports Betting Starts Sunday in Indiana

Indiana becomes the 12th state with sports betting when a state law adopted this spring takes effect Sunday.

August 5, 2019

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Police Get Federal Funds For School Bus Stop Safety Enforcement

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are heading to law enforcement agencies across the state for increased school bus stop safety.

August 1, 2019

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The Indiana Statehouse

Indiana Policymakers Fall Short In Cancer Prevention, New Report Says

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network released a report Thursday on what states have done to reduce cancer deaths – and organization leaders say Indiana lawmakers have largely fallen short.

July 5, 2019

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Indiana statehouse at dusk

2 New Laws Take Aim At Those Accused Of Posting 'Revenge Porn'

One of the new laws that took effect Monday would make posting revenge porn a misdemeanor for a first offense, and a felony for a second offense.

July 4, 2019

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The Indiana Statehouse in the summer.

Some New 2019 Laws Not Yet In Effect

While most new Indiana laws took effect July 1, there are still a few that aren’t yet being enforced. 

July 4, 2019

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Cardinal Glen neighborhood

New Law Impacts Annexation Remonstrance Waivers

A bill that will impact the ability of property owners to challenge annexation is among hundreds that went into effect this week.

July 3, 2019

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Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer at the Statehouse.

New Laws Aim To Address Infant And Maternal Mortality

One new law will create a statewide program to connect mothers with perinatal navigators throughout their pregnancy. 

July 1, 2019

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U.S. courthouse

Federal Judge Blocks 2019 Indiana Anti-Abortion Law

Another Indiana anti-abortion law has been – at least temporarily – halted by a federal judge. 

July 1, 2019

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Indiana statehouse at night

Most 2019 Legislation Takes Effect July 1

Most of the nearly 300 new laws crafted by the General Assembly this year take effect Monday.

June 3, 2019

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ACLU Asks Federal Judge To Stop Latest Anti-Abortion Law From Taking Effect July 1

The ACLU was in court Monday to ask a judge to prevent Indiana’s latest anti-abortion law from going into effect – it would largely ban the most common form of second trimester abortions from being performed in Indiana.

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August 15, 2018

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Lawmaker Wants To Block Money From Voucher Schools With Anti-LGBT Policies

A private religious school that planned to terminate a guidance counselor’s job for her marriage to a woman received more than $1.5 million through school vouchers last year.

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