2019 Indiana Legislative session

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.

'No Promises' On Sept. 1 Start Date For Sports Betting

May 30, 2019
Gaming Commission Executive Director Sara Gonso Tait, left, discusses new gaming policies with commission members. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Hoosiers might not be able to start betting on sports Sept. 1, which is when new state law technically makes it possible.

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Lauren Chapman

An effort to raise Indiana’s tobacco tax failed during this year’s legislative session as well as other attempts to reduce smoking in the Hoosier state. 

Gov. Eric Holcomb and legislators pose with students at Seymour High School after signing a career and technical education bill into law. (Zachary Herndon/WTIU)
Justin Hicks

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a career and technical education bill into law Tuesday afternoon at a high school manufacturing center in Seymour, Indiana. 

Holcomb Defends Signing Latest Anti-Abortion Bill

Apr 29, 2019
Gov. Eric Holcomb surrounded by Republican legislative leaders and state agency officials. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb is defending signing into law an anti-abortion measure that’s been struck down in other states.

Gov. Eric Holcomb defended how Republican budget writers prioritized the state’s dollars as he signed a new budget into law. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the state’s next two-year budget into law Monday as he defended how Republican budget writers prioritized the state’s dollars.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill to expand Indiana’s Stand Your Ground law at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting. 

Lawmakers Impose New Taxes On Short Term Rental Owners

Apr 26, 2019
Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) has helped lead the General Assembly’s work on the issue of short term rentals. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Hoosiers who rent out their homes through platforms such as Airbnb will now have to pay sales and innkeeper’s taxes to the state.

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

2019 Session: Quiet With Few Major Controversies

Apr 25, 2019
The bill will fund adult high school diploma programs based on performance – not just enrollment. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

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. 

There were a lot of surprises on the energy and environment front in this 2019 legislative session. If you haven't been keeping up, here's what you need to know:

What's Now A Law:

Funding For Doulas Cut Out Of Budget

Apr 25, 2019
Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) is the bill's author. She says the legislature was more focused on limiting women's access to health care than reducing infant mortality. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A bill to cover doulas under Medicaid passed the Indiana legislature and was signed into law. The money for the measure, however, was stripped out of the budget in the last days of session.

Hemp Regulation Bill Goes To The Governor

Apr 25, 2019
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Samantha Horton

Lawmakers in both chambers passed legislation Wednesday that would allow Indiana to regulate the growth and sale of hemp.

The General Assembly gave final approval to a bill this week that pressures schools to spend more money on teachers.

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate reached a final agreement Tuesday on what will likely be the state’s next two-year budget.

Senate Sends Foster Care Reform Bill To Governor

Apr 18, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Senate sent a bill to the governor’s desk Thursday that aims to reform Indiana’s foster care system.

State Representative David Frizzell Resigning

Apr 18, 2019
Rep. David Frizzell (R-Indianapolis). (Photo courtesy of Indiana House Republicans)
Brandon Smith

Rep. David Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) will resign from his seat later this year, halfway through his term. 

Public Gets Final Chance To Testify On State Budget

Apr 18, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

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.

Legislation to create payouts for people wrongfully imprisoned is just the stroke of a pen away from becoming law. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Legislation to create payouts for people wrongfully imprisoned is just the stroke of a pen away from becoming law.

Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) and Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) discuss the new revenue forecast. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

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.

Senate Passes Two-Year State Budget

Apr 16, 2019

The Senate passed its version of the state budget for the next two years. Democrats are banking on getting some last minute changes ahead of Wednesday’s updated revenue forecast.

The session’s gaming bill passed the House Monday. But many supporters say they want a number of changes to the final version of the bill.

Senate Republicans rejected more than two dozen amendments offered by Democrats to the budget bill Monday.

Lending Expansion Bill Dies In The Indiana House

Apr 15, 2019
(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

A bill that would have expanded what consumer advocates call predatory lending practices died in the Indiana House Monday.

House Unanimously Passes Bill To Help Foster Parents

Apr 15, 2019

The House unanimously approved a bill that makes a number of changes to Indiana’s foster system – including giving foster parents more of a voice.

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.

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