2020 session

House Committee Scales Back DCS Oversight Bill

Feb 26, 2020

A House committee dramatically scaled back a bill that would’ve provided greater oversight of the Department of Child Services.

A proposal to require teachers who carry guns in school to receive specialized training is being scrapped, as a key lawmaker raises concerns the legislation is overly-specific.

Republicans are advancing a bill to replace Indiana’s method of quickly purging voters from its voter rolls after the current system was halted in court.

Lawmakers are considering restrictions on how often schools in need of additional funding can propose referendum measures to local taxpayers, and education groups are once again pushing back on the proposal.

Right now, schools can propose referenda twice a year and in school-funded special elections, but lawmakers added a proposal into a bill this week that would limit those to general elections – about once every two years.

Legislation to ban handheld cell phone use while driving appears headed to passage after a Senate committee easily approved the measure.

It looks unlikely the House will restore employment accommodations for pregnant workers that were stripped out in the Senate last week.

A state bill aims to better notify water utilities of industrial spills. It comes a few months after a chemical spill from northwest Indiana steelmaker ArcelorMittal killed about 3,000 fish in a Lake Michigan waterway. 

Why Some Kids May Not Get Enough Mental Health Care

Feb 10, 2020

Dr. Darla Hinshaw walks up to the podium in the Indiana Senate chamber. She's there to tell lawmakers about the children she treats as a psychiatrist and the issue standing between kids and effective treatment.  

Fetal Remains Disposal Bill Advances Easily To House

Feb 10, 2020

The Senate easily sent legislation to the House that builds on a 2016 anti-abortion law dealing with fetal remains.

Teacher Gun Training Requirements Bill Clears Senate

Feb 6, 2020

Teachers who want to carry guns in schools would have to undergo 40 hours of training under a bill approved by the Senate this week.

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