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2020 Bill Watch Reports
Jan. 17, 2020
The 2020 session is progressing at a torrid pace.
The Statehouse was full of action this week as the Governor presented the State of the State on Tuesday, followed on Wednesday by the Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court presenting her State of the Judiciary remarks.
The Governor addressed six major topics. These included putting teacher pay off until 2021, banning hand-held cellphone use while driving, raising the smoking age to 21, creating an adoption unit within the Department of Child Services, addressing the infant mortality rate and investing $400 million into the Fiat-Chrysler facility in Kokomo.
Lawmakers voted in both chambers on Wednesday to advance bills that raise the smoking vaping age from 18 to 21. The House version tripled the fines for selling tobacco and vaping products to underage Hoosiers.
SB 23 that halts annexation altogether was heard in Local Government in the Senate and now will move to the full Senate for Second Reading.
SB 254, which addresses water utility charges, was passed out of the Senate Utilities Committee this week as well. Next week promises to bring much debate in the utility space as several bills relating to coal production and electricity production issues are do to be heard in the House Utilities Committee.
Next week will be just as busy as we move to the last week and a half for bills to be heard in the chamber of origin.
Second Reading deadline is Thursday, January 30 in the House and Monday, February 3 in the Senate. Third Reading deadline is Monday, February 3 in the House and Tuesday, February 4 in the Senate.
Jan. 10, 2020
Lawmakers, lobbyists and constituents gathered at the Statehouse this week to begin the annual legislative session that by law, must end by March 14. Legislators will have hundreds of bills to consider this year and wasted no time getting started. Major topics discussed this week included age of purchase for tobacco, healthcare affordability, pricing and transparency, multiple education matters and issues concerning local government. Session is expected to speed up on Monday so we are expecting an intense few weeks ahead.