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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.

Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says CBD regulations are burdensome and will drive up the cost for Hoosiers. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is one step away from legalization after lawmakers gave final approval to such legislation Wednesday.

The measure legalizes CBD oil as long as it has 0.3 percent or less THC, the ingredient in cannabis that creates a high.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Lawmakers unveiled Tuesday a final version of legislation to help schools improve their safety.

The agreed-upon language delivers a $5 million funding request made by Gov. Eric Holcomb for the state’s school safety grants. That money goes toward equipment and school building safety upgrades.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law Thursday standardizing perinatal care in the state to lower Indiana’s infant mortality rate. The new law creates a system to help expecting mothers identify the facility that can best deliver the level of care that they need.

“When you think about the 623 babies that didn’t make it past their first year in the state of Indiana, it’s clear that we have work to do,” Holcomb says.

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State lawmakers are arguing over labeling and testing requirements for cannabidiol, or CBD, manufacturers in the final days of the 2018 session.

The Senate this session put certain labeling and testing requirements into CBD legislation. That includes a provision to require all manufacturers to submit their CBD oil to an independent lab for inspection.

Rep. Tom Washburne (R-Inglefield) says his chamber wants to minimize such requirements.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The Senate sent legislation to the governor Wednesday to impose new abortion reporting requirements on all doctors and hospitals across the state.

The bill creates a long list of abortion complications. That list ranges from blood clots and cardiac arrest to anxiety and sleeping disorders. And the legislation says if a woman has ever had an abortion, and suffers one of those complications, any doctor or hospital that treats her must report that complication to the state.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Indiana state lawmakers will have to take sexual harassment training under legislation approved by the Senate Tuesday. The measure mandates an hour of harassment training each year.

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) notes such training is already required for legislative staff.

“And so it’s time that we take the next step and have one for the members themselves,” Lanane says.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The House sent legislation to the governor Tuesday blocking local governments from banning short-term rentals such as Airbnb - while still allowing units to regulate the industry.

The bill says local governments can require permits for short-term rentals, with a one-time fee of up to $150. And Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) says the bill allows local units to revoke those licenses after repeated complaints.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The Indiana House overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday to ensure recipients of the federal immigration program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, can receive job licenses.

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