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Indiana's 2024 legislative session begins Jan. 8, expected to end by mid-March

Lauren Chapman/IPB News
Indiana's 2024 legislative session will run from Jan. 8, 2024 to no later than March 14, 2024.

Indiana’s 2024 legislative session begins Monday, kicking off 10 weeks of work that will end no later than mid-March.

Republican legislative leaders have said they don’t want 2024 to be about big changes. Instead, they point to last year’s work — on issues including public health, mental health, housing and education — and stress that this year should be about small changes to existing initiatives.

And they absolutely don’t want to spend any money this year. That’s typical for a short session. But fiscal leaders doubled down on their insistence that Indiana not reopen its current, two-year state budget after a forecasting error by the state Medicaid program revealed last month that it will need $1 billion more in the current budget cycle than previously expected.

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Find more answers on engaging with state government by visiting our project: Civically, Indiana.

While full agendas will be released in the coming days, we already know that student reading proficiency, chronic absenteeism in schools and increasing child care access will be top priorities in 2024.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.
Copyright 2024 IPB News.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.