Indiana Legislative Update Deadlines Approaching

On Tuesday the controversial, newly minted “bias crimes bill” SB198, received a 34-14 concurrence vote in the Senate. This was the last procedural step before the bill went to the Governor. Governor Eric Holcomb received the brunt of the anger from those opposed to the bill, Senator Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis), who called SB198 a “transphobic …

Indiana Legislative Update Second Half of the 2019 Session Underway

The legislative process reset this week as lawmakers entered the second phase of the 2019 Indiana General Assembly Session. It was a transition week as each house begins to truly pay attention to and assign to Committee the bills passed by the opposite house. Overall, Senators initially filed 636 pieces of legislation this year. Of …

Indiana Legislative Update First Half of Session Wraps Up

Like college students before final exams, legislators crammed long hours into this short week of Session to beat 1st half deadlines in each house.  This year 426 Senate bills and 514 House bills died as they failed to obtain a positive third reading hearing or vote.  Beginning Monday, each house will spend the next 6-7 …