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Staff members prepare for a session that will begin in the Indiana Senate Chamber.




INDIANAPOLIS—The 2022 legislative session began Jan. 4, and since then senators have been meeting in their respective committees to hear various bills before passing some in the Senate.

It’s understandable that you might not know everything that’s covered at the Statehouse because, well, that’s a lot. Senate committees have over 400 bills assigned to them by the president pro tempore.

Committees have until Thursday to consider Senate bills. The House committee deadline was Tuesday.

He has no other meetings scheduled at this time.

This committee has met three times and no future meetings are planned. He debated over 20 bills.

Trade and technology

Corrections and criminal law

This committee sifted through 19 bills, covering a multitude of topics.

A notable bill, Senate Bill 10, seeks to “recognize violent crime reduction districts, particularly in Marion County, as well as provide law enforcement funding and services additional to the county”. It passed the committee unanimously, with only slight concerns from Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, about what he viewed as the bill’s negative language.

Education and career development

The committee considered 17 bills during its meetings, but was assigned 37 in total.

This committee met once and discussed two bills while passing only SB 328. This would provide that electronic signatures are sufficient for reporting campaign contributions.

This eco-focused committee met once and passed two bills, SB 256 and SB 301.

SB 256 deals with carbon sequestration and SB 301 deals with wastewater in RV campgrounds.

Family and Children’s Services

This committee met three times and discussed six bills.

One notable bill passed, SB 404, confronts the child care wilderness in Indiana. The bill seeks to “reduce and eliminate the incidence of geographic areas in which child care services are not sufficiently available or affordable to meet the child care needs of area residents.”

Health services and providers

Homeland Security and Transportation

This committee met three times and discussed 16 bills and resolutions.

Insurance and financial institutions

This committee has met four times so far and heard 11 bills while it received 13 in total.

One of the most contentious discussions of this committee focused on membership limits on the United States Supreme Court in Concurrent Senate Resolution 2, authored by Senator James Buck, R-Kokomo, who followed the party lines.

This committee met twice and passed five bills. These bills deal with employees with disabilities and public safety.

At this time, the committee has no other meetings scheduled.

He currently has no future meetings scheduled.

This committee met three times and covered a variety of economic issues. One of the most influential, SB 1, seeks to make changes to taxpayers’ automatic refund qualifications.

Veterans Affairs and Army

This committee met once and heard only one bill. SB 202, the only one passed by the committee so far, establishes a tuition supplement program fund. The bill “provides that the fund will be used to provide annual scholarships to members of a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces, excluding the Army or Air National Guard, under certain conditions. “.

This committee currently has no meetings scheduled.

Ashlyn Myers is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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