2018 session

Lawmakers Target May 14 For Special Session

Apr 17, 2018
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he’s confident legislators will only need one day of special session to conclude their work. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

State lawmakers are targeting May 14 for a special session to address a few issues that couldn’t get over the finish line during the regular session that ended last month.

Under Indiana law, you have to provide a reason you can’t vote on Election Day to get an absentee ballot. (Daniel Morrison/Flickr)
Brandon Smith

A bill to expand Indiana’s absentee voting law couldn’t make it over the finish line in 2018 as House Republicans blocked the bill from a hearing.

And House GOP members have conflicting explanations for why the bill died.

Sales Tax On Food In Vending Machines Eliminated

Mar 29, 2018
(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Lawmakers this session eliminated what they saw as a quirk of state law – sales tax on food sold in vending machines.

Most food bought at the grocery store is exempt from the state sales tax, says Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion).

“But some of those same items, if they’re purchased through a vending machine, are charged the seven percent tax,” Ober says.

A new state law establishes a hierarchy for family members in health care decision-making. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

A new state law establishes a hierarchy for family members in health care decision-making.

It deals with situations where the patient can’t make decisions for themselves – and hasn’t designated a representative.

Holcomb Signs Controversial Abortion Reporting Bill

Mar 25, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says the abortion reporting requirements bill does not restrict access to abortion. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the remaining legislation from the 2018 session Sunday. That includes a measure that creates new abortion reporting requirements for all Indiana doctors and hospitals.

Supt. of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick spoke with the press Monday, to discuss education matters for the state. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)
Jeanie Lindsay

There will be a special legislative session later this year. The governor made the official announcement Monday, and lawmakers will likely take up some unfinished education issues when they reconvene.

Governor Holcomb Calls For Special Session

Mar 19, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants lawmakers to act on a few of the issues that died last week when legislators ran out of time. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday he’ll call for a special session of the General Assembly to address some of the issues that died last week when lawmakers ran out of time at session’s end.

It will be the first non-budget special session in 16 years.

Autonomous Vehicle Bill Fails At Session's End

Mar 16, 2018
There were deep divisions between the two chambers on the autonomous vehicles bill. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

One of the bills that died at the 2018 legislative session’s deadline was a priority of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s – autonomous vehicle regulations.

There were deep divisions between the two chambers on the autonomous vehicles bill. Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the House wanted to impose safety regulations on autonomous vehicle manufacturers and operators.

School Safety Measure, Funding Fails Last Minute

Mar 15, 2018
(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

The same day students across the nation staged demonstrations around school safety, Indiana lawmakers failed to pass a bill to address the same issue in the final minutes of the 2018 legislative session. It passed the Senate, but lawmakers in the House failed to vote on the bill before the midnight deadline.

(Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Though workforce development was perhaps the highest-priority issue for Gov. Eric Holcomb in this year’s legislative session, some are not sold on the two key pieces of legislation passed by Wednesday night’s deadline.

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