Indiana Lawmakers had plenty of reasons to celebrate this past week – they finished a week early in what leadership called a “monumental” year. Also, Governor Eric Holcomb saw his 100th day in office last week, having focused on his five pillar plan becoming Indiana’s 51st Governor. The agenda focused on the economy, education, roads, improving government service and tackling the drug epidemic.
On Friday, lawmakers spent 14 hours debating bills before sending them to the Governor. “Historic,” said House Speaker Brian Bosma when describing the four month session, largely due to the passage of a landmark road funding which he characterized as the most important bill addressed during his tenure. The road funding bill seeks to address projects spanning the next two decades, with INDOT saying that it needs $1.2 billion a year for the next 20 years to fix Indiana’s roads and bridges.
The final bill lawmakers debated in each chamber before declaring “sine die” late into the night on Friday for the 2017 session was the state’s biennial budget. Notably including a 24% raise for Indiana State Police and increases in education spending.
As Holcomb considers signing these measures into law, lawmakers are already looking towards the 2018 Legislative Session. Their eyes are set on cutting down the drug epidemic across the state and dealing with “outdated” liquor laws. This news link discusses some of the more controversial bills which landed on the Governor’s desk.
The Governor has seven days to sign or veto the enrolled acts. If he does not sign the enrolled act, it will become law after the seven days. You can keep track of the bills the Governor is reviewing here.
This article was written by Jamal Abdulrasheed, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. If you would like to write or submit an article for the Government Practice Section please email Kim Ferguson at email@example.com.