2020 Legislative Session

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State Senator Eddie Melton came on "Regionally Speaking" Tuesday to talk about the 2020 legislative session – bills he authored and its impact on northwest Indiana.   Here's that conversation.

On this edition of the podcast the you’ll the latest on coronavirus concerns around the state including the closing of several school districts in northwest Indiana, Brandon Smith reports on bills that passed and failed at the close of the 2020 legislative session and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Deb Stempowski, Assistant Director for Decennial Programs for U.S. Census Bureau. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

2020 Legislative Session Likely To Wrap Up Wednesday

Mar 7, 2020

Indiana lawmakers are preparing to finish the 2020 session this week a few days ahead of when state law says they have to.

House Passes Health Care Transparency Database Bill

Mar 3, 2020

House lawmakers moved forward with a bill Tuesday aimed at increasing the transparency of health care costs in the state.

A measure to restrict local governments from creating regulations on landlords passed out of the Indiana House Monday. That’s despite pushback from several hundred housing, legal and other organizations. 

Curtis Hill would be forced to step down as attorney general if his license was suspended for at least a month under an amendment passed by the House Monday. It follows a disciplinary hearing officer’s recommendation last month of a 60-day suspension. 

The Indiana Senate Monday passed an amendment to prevent some medical facilities from seeing a reduction in reimbursements. The language came as an update to legislation on surprise billing. 

UPDATE: House Bill 1414 has passed the state Senate. Once the language has been finalized, the bill will head to Governor Eric Holcomb’s desk for approval.  

A state Senate committee gutted language in a controversial coal bill on Thursday. The bill aimed to keep coal plants open until Indiana can develop a statewide energy plan. 

Surprise Billing Bill Passes Committee With Hesitation

Feb 26, 2020

A revised bill that would address surprise medical billing passed the Senate health committee Wednesday, but many senators say there’s still a lot of work to be done. 

Lawmakers pushed back the death sentence for Indiana’s syringe exchange programs by one year under legislation approved by a Senate committee.

A proposal to require teachers who carry guns in school to receive specialized training is being scrapped, as a key lawmaker raises concerns the legislation is overly-specific.

House Committee Scales Back DCS Oversight Bill

Feb 25, 2020

A House committee dramatically scaled back a bill that would’ve provided greater oversight of the Department of Child Services.

Teacher Gun Training Requirements Bill Clears Senate

Feb 5, 2020

Teachers who want to carry guns in schools would have to undergo 40 hours of training under a bill approved by the Senate this week.

Senate Republicans gutted a bill Monday that would have required employers to reasonably accommodate pregnant employees’ needs.

A Senate committee revamped a bill that caps interest rates on many types of consumer credit after pushback from advocates and several lawmakers. However, with the changes, some committee members still feel the bill doesn’t go far enough.

The Senate Corrections Committee passes two controversial bills. Speed cameras legislation moves forward. And the state’s longest-serving legislator announces this session will be his last.

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

After proposing more than 100 education bills, lawmakers face a key legislative deadline next week. House lawmakers proposed fewer education-focused bills than the Senate, but only about a dozen made it through to the session’s next half.