2019 Indiana Legislative session

A bill to provide payouts for people wrongly convicted of a crime passed the Senate. Democrats raised concerns about its definition of “actually innocent.”

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

Senate Republicans released their budget proposal, with more money for schools over the next two years. Gaming legislation went through major changes. And an expansion of the state’s Stand Your Ground law is headed back to the House.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

A controversial bill regarding erosion on construction sites is headed back to the state House. It wouldn’t allow local governments to make stricter erosion control rules than state ones. But now, after a Senate amendment, there’s one exception. 

Senate Republicans released their budget proposal Thursday, but Democrats say plans to address teacher pay are still lacking.

Approved Amendment Would Allow Projectiles In School Shooter Training

Apr 10, 2019

A new amendment approved by lawmakers Wednesday would allow projectiles to be used during school active shooter training, if employees consent in writing beforehand. The amendment is part of a bill that funds teacher firearm training.

The proposed change comes in response to an incident at an elementary school in Monticello, Indiana earlier this year, when teachers were injured after being shot with metal pellets.

Senate Approves Scaled-Back Animal Cruelty Bill

Apr 10, 2019
Legislation requires animal shelters to humanely euthanize animals.  (Pixabay)
Brandon Smith

Senate lawmakers this week approved legislation that aims to sharpen state law surrounding animal cruelty.

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

House Speaker Brian Bosma (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana House Ethics Committee Monday dismissed a complaint made against House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

Senate Passes Stand Your Ground Expansion

Apr 8, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Senate approved an expansion Monday of the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

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

Lawmakers Pass Amended Indy Eleven Stadium Legislation

Apr 8, 2019

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.

House Amends Hemp Bill, Restructures Advisory Committee

Apr 5, 2019

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

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed hate crimes legislation into law. Two anti-abortion bills are headed to the governor’s desk. And the Senate approved a measure allowing pregnant minors to make their own health care decisions.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport). (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

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

Holcomb Signs Hate Crimes Protections Into Law

Apr 3, 2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb quietly signed into law Wednesday a bill that aims to create hate crimes protections.

A proposal moving forward at the statehouse would allow school districts to ask voters for a property tax increase specifically to pay for school safety projects.

Lawmakers Move To Prohibit Projectiles During School Safety Trainings

Apr 3, 2019

State lawmakers voted to stop the kind of active shooter training that injured several Indiana elementary school teachers this year. The amendment to House Bill 1004 – a wide-ranging school safety funding bill – prohibits the use of projectiles during school training or drills. 

The Indiana Statehouse (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

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

D&E Abortion Ban Headed To Governor's Desk

Apr 2, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Senate lawmakers sent legislation to the governor Tuesday that largely bans the abortion procedures known as D&Es.

Members of the Indiana Senate debate final passage of a bill aimed at creating hate crimes protections. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Senate Republicans gave their final approval Tuesday to legislation they say creates hate crimes protections in state law.

A bill limiting the regulatory powers of small towns and cities passed out of an Indiana House committee Tuesday. The legislation would prevent boards from halting developments within four miles of their city limits due to health and safety concerns.

The Indiana Statehouse (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana House rejected an attempt Monday to raise the cap on rental fees cities can charge to landlords.

House Republicans quickly approve their preferred hate crimes language. Dramatic changes made to a major gaming bill. And the House unanimously passes a bill to improve school bus traffic safety.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hate Crimes

House Democrats tried to pass two amendments this week that could have changed the way Indiana manages its forests. They added them to a bill covering a variety of things regarding the state’s natural resources. 

Proposal Would Identify Prescriptions With Opioids

Mar 28, 2019
Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) authored the legislation that aims to improve consumer awareness. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A bill that would require Indiana pharmacies to identify drugs that contain opioids on the label is moving through the Indiana legislature. 

Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) is "uneasy" with a bill that gives people $50,000 for each year they were wrongfully imprisoned. (FILE PHOTO: Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Some state senators pushed back Thursday on a bill that provides payouts to innocent people wrongfully imprisoned.

Indiana has the seventh worst infant mortality rate and the third worst maternal mortality rate in the nation. Numerous bills this legislative session aim to address the issue. Indiana Public Broadcasting's Jill Sheridan spoke with Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Kristina Box about a bill that aims to tackle the issue through a two pronged approach.

House Committee Makes Dramatic Changes To Gaming Bill

Mar 27, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The House Public Policy Committee dramatically altered this session’s major gaming bill Wednesday.

Lawmakers are looking at ways to improve the resolution process when parents file formal complaints against a school for not providing services their child needs, but it could be some time before changes are implemented.

The Senate Judiciary Committee takes testimony on a bill to largely ban a second trimester procedure. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A Senate panel approved legislation Wednesday along party lines that largely bans dilation and evacuation abortions, second trimester procedures also known as D&Es.

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