Wednesday, March 6, 2019
This week marks the halfway point for the 2019 legislative session, meaning the Senate and House of Representatives will now consider legislation passed by the opposite chamber.
Of the 636 bills introduced in the Senate, 218, or 34 percent, passed.
Additionally, of the number of bills passed, 125, or 57 percent, passed with unanimous support, and 195, or 89 percent, passed with bipartisan support.
At the start of the 2019 session, the Senate Republican Caucus announced its legislative priorities. Now, at the midpoint, the Senate has passed a number of bills to address these and other issues.
Here are some of the major issues the Senate discussed during the first half of session, along with legislation passed to address the issues.
Improving the foster care system
Fighting our state’s opioid epidemic
Expanding tax credit for Hoosier teachers
Providing a local option for school-safety funding
Improving school bus safety
Additionally, during the second half of session, 201 House bills will be coming to the Senate.
Several of the major issues coming to the Senate in the second half that senators will discuss include Indiana’s state budget, workforce-development reforms and tracking school spending.
For more information on legislation moving through the General Assembly, click here.