2021 legislative session

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Indiana’s 2021 redistricting work is over, as lawmakers finished drawing new district lines at the end of last week. But lawmakers didn’t officially bring the 2021 legislative session to an end.

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The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus held its first in a series of virtual town hall meetings Thursday night.  

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Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of a bill tying the hands of local health officials during emergencies may have only postponed the inevitable.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb issued his third veto this year Tuesday, rejecting a bill that would’ve tied the hands of local health officials during public emergencies.

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Indiana lawmakers wrapped up the legislative session with huge amounts of new money for schools and a controversial expansion of school choice, but several other education policy changes have been signed into law that aren't related to the budget.

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Indiana is likely headed to court over abortion legislation again after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the state’s latest anti-abortion measure into law.

Governor Signs Controversial Wetlands Bill Into Law

Apr 30, 2021
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Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed a controversial bill into law that takes away state protections for many of Indiana’s wetlands.

More Than 100 Groups Ask Holcomb To Veto Wetlands Bill

Apr 26, 2021
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More than 100 groups are asking the governor to veto a bill that would remove protections for many of the state’s wetlands. They delivered a letter to Holcomb on Monday. The signatures include city leaders as well as groups representing environmentalists, wildlife advocates, hunters, and more.

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“Unprecedented.”

“Very, very unique.”

“Nothing was normal.”

“Nothing was easy.”

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As the legislative session came to a close, lawmakers chose not to expand a program aimed at helping the state’s most impoverished families. Policy groups say a change is direly needed since Indiana’s benefits reach the fewest families of all Midwestern states. 

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Lawmakers overwhelmingly approve a $37 billion state budget. Unemployment benefits will be taxed. And a ban on vaccine passports.

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Republicans called the 2021 legislative session “transformational.” Democrats were not quite so effusive with their praise. But everyone agrees it was a session no one will likely forget, impacted in every way by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hoosier lawmakers passed a ban on COVID-19 vaccine passports in the waning hours of the 2021 legislative session Thursday.

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Maybe the biggest surprise of the 2021 legislative session happened on its final day when a new, $37 billion state budget passed with almost no opposition.

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Indiana will tax unemployment benefits received in 2020 as income in legislation headed to the governor. It comes after lawmakers debated a bill that would have temporarily waived the taxes in order to match a one-time federal tax break.

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It’s going to be a lot harder for local health officials to create and enforce temporary restrictions during a public emergency under legislation approved Wednesday.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order Tuesday giving pregnant employees in state agencies the right to reasonable workplace accommodations. But he also signed a bill into law that tells private employers they don’t have to grant accommodations when their employees ask.

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Thousands more overweight trucks could be headed to Indiana highways soon under legislation on its way to the governor’s desk.

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Republicans override another Gov. Eric Holcomb veto. A new revenue forecast projects billions more for the new state budget. And the latest anti-abortion measure is set to become law. 

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Indiana's legislative leaders say school funding remains a top priority as the latest revenue forecast indicates an additional $2 billion available in the next state budget, and education groups are urging them to "go big" sending more money to K-12 schools.

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Indiana lawmakers will have about $2 billion more to use in the new state budget after an updated projection of state tax revenues was unveiled Thursday.

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A bill that will give health care providers additional protections from COVID-19 liability lawsuits is on its way to the governor’s desk. Some trial lawyers worry the bill will limit Hoosiers from seeking legal action for their loved ones.

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A bill that would get rid of state protections for some wetlands in Indiana narrowly passed the Senate. There’s only one stop before the controversial bill becomes law — Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk.

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Experienced professionals may soon have another pathway to become teachers in Indiana, under a bill lawmakers say is designed to help combat the teacher shortage. 

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Indiana’s latest anti-abortion measure will likely soon become law after House legislators sent it to the governor Wednesday.

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A controversial bill that aimed to standardize where wind and solar farms could be located in the state was withdrawn in the state Senate on Tuesday. Despite a lot of changes to HB 1381, sponsors didn’t feel they could get the votes needed to pass it.

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Indiana lawmakers are fine-tuning a state law that forces school districts to offer vacated buildings to charter school organizations, despite an ongoing court challenge from schools.

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Indiana’s new, two-year, $36 billion state budget is headed for its final negotiation phase after the Senate approved its version of the spending plan Tuesday.

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High school courses in areas including cosmetology and culinary arts will keep their state funding in a version of the budget approved by the Senate after language that would’ve cut their funding was removed from the current budget bill.

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A bill that originally aimed to remove protections for Indiana’s wetlands has undergone some big and somewhat contradictory changes.

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