Wednesday, February 5, 2020
This week, the Indiana General Assembly reached the halfway point of the 2020 legislative session. This means the Senate and House of Representatives have amended and voted on all of their own bills. During the second half of session, the bills will switch chambers and begin the process again before they could go before the governor and be signed into law.
This year, the Senate passed 170 of the 452 bills introduced, including House Bill 1007, which has already been signed into law by Gov. Holcomb. Of those 170 bills, 167 were passed with bipartisan support.
In the coming weeks the Senate will assign the 113 bills passed by the House of Representatives to their respective committees to be heard or amended. If the bills pass with no amendments, they will go straight to the governor’s desk. If there are discrepancies on bills, they will go to conference committee.
Conference committees consist of one member from all four caucuses. Here members settle final disputes before going back to each chamber to vote on the updated bill.
By law, the 2020 legislative session will conclude on or before March 14.