Special Session

Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) says some Hoosier taxpayers would have seen tax increases without legislation approved during the special session. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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Lawmakers approved two substantial tax measures during Monday’s one-day special session.

Many of the provisions sought to conform state tax laws with major policy changes made by the recent federal tax reform bill – which Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) says is part of what made a special session necessary.

General Assembly OKs Controversial School Bill

May 14, 2018

Lawmakers approved a hotly debated school financial management bill during the special session Monday.

House Bill 1315 aims to prevent more school financial problems, gives Ball State University control of Muncie schools, and changes rules for those in Gary. Legislators failed to pass the bill during the regular session earlier this year.

Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) says the latest legislation builds on previous school safety investments. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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Indiana schools will now have access to a little more money to upgrade their safety infrastructure.

The new money is possible through legislation approved during Monday’s one-day special session of the General Assembly.

School Safety Measure Revived For Special Session

May 11, 2018

Lawmakers will consider a revived school safety measure during Monday's special session.

Lawmakers will meet for the first special session since 2009. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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The General Assembly will meet Monday in a special session to consider school safety, tax, and school takeover legislation. Much of the controversy will focus on that last measure and how it might affect schools across the state.

Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), center, presents the controversial Gary-Muncie school takeover bill to a meeting of the Legislative Council. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Members of the public Monday got their only chance to testify on legislation the General Assembly will consider in its upcoming special session.

The testimony was solely about a Gary-Muncie school takeover bill, the most controversial measure lawmakers will hear next week.

Bills For Special Session Largely Unchanged

Apr 30, 2018
Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the substantive change to the bills is an adjustment to new Internal Revenue Services regulations. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Legislation lawmakers will consider during their special session is now online for the public to view. The bills are mostly unchanged from the regular session’s end.

Republican Leaders Set Parameters For Special Session

Apr 20, 2018
Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), left, and Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) discuss the details of the 2018 special session. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana lawmakers will consider five bills in their May 14 special session – without public testimony or amendments.

Four of those five bills are measures that failed to pass when lawmakers ran out of time in their regular session last month.

Lawmakers Target May 14 For Special Session

Apr 17, 2018
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he’s confident legislators will only need one day of special session to conclude their work. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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State lawmakers are targeting May 14 for a special session to address a few issues that couldn’t get over the finish line during the regular session that ended last month.


Indiana’s special session could cost the state up to $30,000 a day, in order to pay lawmakers’ salaries. It’s unclear how long the session will last.

Andrew Downs, the director of the Mike Downs Center for Politics at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, says although the money wasn’t necessarily budgeted, the state will find a way to cover the costs.

“It’s money that was not going to be spent for this purpose, which means it either has to come out of reserves or something else is not having money spent on it,” Downs says. “And people get offended by that.”

Governor Holcomb Calls For Special Session

Mar 19, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants lawmakers to act on a few of the issues that died last week when legislators ran out of time. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday he’ll call for a special session of the General Assembly to address some of the issues that died last week when lawmakers ran out of time at session’s end.

It will be the first non-budget special session in 16 years.

Leaders Float Possible Special Session After Bills Die

Mar 15, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb left open the possibility of a special session, saying he’ll look at all options to complete unfinished business. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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A handful of bills died at the end of the 2018 session as lawmakers ran out of time before their midnight deadline. And it's possible legislators might return later this year in a special session to address some of those measures.