The Indiana General Assembly has reached the halfway point of the legislative session, which is a milestone for legislation as House bills move to the Senate and Senate bills crossover to the House. Of the 201 bills the House passed to the Senate, 75 percent received bipartisan support.
We made significant progress with our House Republican priorities, which include passing a balanced state budget, increasing protections for Hoosier youth, strengthening the state’s commitment to students and teachers, better aligning workforce initiatives and supporting Indiana’s veterans:
- House Bill 1001, the House Republican’s balanced state budget proposal, maintains healthy reserves while funding substantive increases for education and school safety.
- House Bill 1002 promotes early and continuing career exploration and navigation, reinvigorates career and technical education courses and encourages completion of certifications or postsecondary credentials. In addition, the bill prioritizes funding for workforce programs with proven results and provides additional flexibility for schools to partner with employers to establish work-based learning opportunities.
- House Bill 1003 strongly encourages schools to shift more existing and future dollars to Hoosier classrooms by setting a target for public schools to spend at least 85 percent of state funding on instructional expenses.
- House Bill 1004 builds on Indiana’s already strong school safety policies by implementing recommendations from Gov. Eric Holcomb’s school safety report to improve physical security at schools and mental health resources for students.
- House Bill 1005 moves up the appointment date of the school superintendent of public instruction to 2021 from 2025.
- House Bill 1006 implements necessary reforms for the Indiana Department of Child Services in order to improve the outcomes of the state’s most vulnerable children. The bill includes reducing family case manager caseloads and allowing foster youth to receive services and participate in independent living programs into their early 20’s.
- House Bill 1007 aims to engage more at-risk expecting mothers in early prenatal care, and requires medical providers to give verbal substance use screenings to pregnant women to improve and increase referrals to addiction treatment.
- House Bill 1008 creates new professional growth and advancement opportunities through teacher career ladder models.
- House Bill 1009 provides critical support for new educators by creating residency programs to pair new teachers with mentors in the classroom.
- House Bill 1010 phases in an income tax exemption for military retirement pensions and increases the assessed value eligibility cap for the disabled veterans’ property tax exemption.
Legislators must conclude the legislative session by April 29. To track these and other bills, watch committee meetings and view session live, visit the Indiana General Assembly’s website here.