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2021 Legislative Session

Indiana’s legislative session begins on Jan. 4. Between COVID-19, redrawing legislative districts and setting the state’s two-year budget, lawmakers will be tackling a lot in the next few months. 

Hundreds of bills are filed every year, and it’s difficult for even journalists – who are literally paid to – to keep up with all of them. How can you keep up? Here’s our guide for how to navigate Indiana’s legislative session.

Your Guide To The 2021 Session

Dec 16, 2020

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The front of the Indiana Statehouse in the winter.

How Do I Follow Indiana’s Legislative Session? Here’s Your Guide To Demystify The Process

Hundreds of bills are filed every year, and it’s difficult for even journalists – who are literally paid to – to keep up with all of them. How can you keep up? Here’s our guide for how to navigate Indiana’s legislative session.

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January 22, 2021

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The Statehouse was quiet Sunday despite FBI warnings about armed protests at all 50 state capitols.

Weekly Statehouse Update: State Of The State, Holcomb Shuts Down Government Buildings

Gov. Eric Holcomb delivered a very different State of the State address, while legislative activity was halted all week over security concerns. Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

January 22, 2021

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Yoder: Legislature Overstepped On Bloomington Annexation, Effects Felt Locally

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled last month that the Indiana legislature had overstepped its jurisdiction in 2017, when it barred Bloomington from annexing any part of Monroe Country through 2022. 

January 19, 2021

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WATCH HERE: Virtual Indiana State Of State Speech Amid Protest Threat

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s annual State of the State address will be a virtual event Tuesday night rather than delivered before the typical joint session of the General Assembly.

January 15, 2021

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Weekly Statehouse Update: 'Historic' Police Reform, Holcomb Unveils Budget Proposal

A “historic” police reform bill clears committee. The Holcomb administration unveils the governor’s state budget proposal. And an education funding guarantee is moving in both chambers.

January 13, 2021

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Gov. Eric Holcomb at a podium.

Indiana Governor Proposes Small Funding Boost For Schools

The proposal from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb presented Wednesday to state legislators would increase K-12 school funding by 2% during the first year and 1% the second year of the new budget that would start in July.

January 13, 2021

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Gov. Eric Holcomb

Holcomb's Proposed Budget Spends One-Time Money To Pay Down Debt, Not Direct Relief

Holcomb administration officials call the state’s financial situation a “pleasant surprise” – Indiana budget reserves should return to pre-pandemic levels this year.

January 13, 2021

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Bill Would Give Legislature More Chances To Block Governor's Emergency Orders

Under current law, the governor can declare a public emergency – like the health emergency during the pandemic – for 30 days.

January 12, 2021

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Bill Would Change Fines For Misusing Pesticides, Including Dicamba

Under the bill, someone who knowingly misused a restricted-use pesticide like dicamba could get a $1,000 fine.

January 12, 2021

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Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Danville)

House Committee Passes 'Historic' Police Reform Legislation

Indiana State Police Lt. Brad Hoffeditz said in his experience, many police departments aren’t forthcoming.

January 8, 2021

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Governor Holcomb Passionately Defends First Term, With Second About To Begin

Many of Holcomb’s critics – on both sides of the aisle – say the governor’s first term lacked bold action. Holcomb vehemently disagreed with that charge.

January 8, 2021

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Last-Minute Redistricting Reform Unlikely As Advocates Continue Push

2021 will be the third round of redistricting Common Cause policy director Julia Vaughn has been a part of, and she says it’s something Hoosiers are paying more attention to now than ever before.

January 7, 2021

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Police fire tear gas canisters, flares and pepperspray into a crowd of demonstrators after declaring their assembly unlawful during protests in late May.

Senate Committee Debates Ban On 'Defunding' Police, Public Safety

Sen. Mike Bohacek (R-Michiana Shores) said his bill aims to eliminate the possibility that any decrease to public safety funding can ever become a “political bargaining chip.”

January 7, 2021

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Indiana Senate And House Republicans Unveil 2021 Agendas With COVID-19 Focus

Topping the Senate GOP's list is liability protections for Hoosier businesses and health care providers – something that’s also a priority for the House GOP and Gov. Eric Holcomb.

January 7, 2021

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Business Leaders Voice Support For Senate Bill To Provide COVID-19 Liabiity Protections

Hoosier business leaders overwhelmingly voiced support for a bill that would protect organizations from many lawsuits related to COVID-19.

January 6, 2021

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Lobbyist for the Indiana Coalition for Public Education, Joel Hand

Lawmakers Take First Steps To Fast-Track Virtual School Funding Legislation

Indiana lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation to provide schools full funding for students learning remotely because of COVID-19.

January 5, 2021

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Indiana House, Senate Democrats Unveil 2021 Agendas

House and Senate Democrats' 2021 legislative agendas are focused on issues that they say the pandemic showed to be incredibly urgent.

January 5, 2021

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Indianapolis Democrat Is First Muslim State Lawmaker In Indiana History

Qaddoura said he’s proud to be Indiana’s first Muslim state lawmaker. But he’s also aware of the heavy responsibility it comes with.

January 4, 2021

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House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers), left, and Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville), right, talk with reporters on the first day of the 2021 legislative session.

Lawmakers Begin Work With Unanswered Questions About Session Amid COVID-19

The Indiana House and Senate are making changes to the way they conduct business for the 2021 legislative session – one everyone agrees will be “unique.”

January 4, 2021

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Indiana House Republicans Have Largest Supermajority Since 2016

House Republicans’ 71-seat supermajority is their largest since before the 2016 election.

January 4, 2021

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Here's How Lawmakers Are Talking About Education Funding, Teacher Pay For 2021

Here's How Lawmakers Are Talking About Education Funding, Teacher Pay For 2021

House Education Committee Chair Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) said part of his priorities for the upcoming session is for teachers to get more resources and training for remote learning.

January 1, 2021

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Indiana's 2021 Legislative Session Likely To Be Dominated By COVID-19

The Indiana General Assembly’s 2021 session will begin soon, with many unanswered questions about how it will go amid the ongoing global pandemic.

December 30, 2020

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Top Indiana Chamber Legislative Priority: COVID-19 Liability Protections For Businesses

Business owners worry about lawsuits from employees claiming they brought COVID-19 home from work and infected those living with them.

December 28, 2020

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Indiana Cigarette Tax Increase May Gain New Life Amid COVID-19

Lawmakers have debated an increase in the cigarette tax for half a decade. It’s even passed one chamber – the House – multiple times but never reached the finish line.

December 14, 2020

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A classroom in a Logansport school, where the teacher is wearing a mask.

Indiana's Teacher Compensation Commission Unveils Report, Recommendations To Raise Pay

The commission's report says a competitive average teacher salary for Indiana lands at about $60,000 a year. That's nearly $9,000 more than the current average, and would take an investment of more than $600 million. 

December 11, 2020

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Gov. Eric Holcomb

Majority Of Hoosiers Want To Limit Governor's Emergency Powers In New Survey

A majority of Hoosiers say the governor’s emergency powers should be more limited according to the latest edition of the Ball State Hoosier survey, a poll of 600 Indiana residents.

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