2020 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 1
The 2020 legislative session is the "short" session during which a wide array of topics, other than the biennial budget, may be considered by the legislature. By statute the session must be completed by March 14 compared to April 29 for the "long" session. Due to the NCAA Basketball Tournament schedule in downtown Indianapolis, session is projected to end earlier, possibly March 11th.
The first week of session kicked off Monday, January 6th with committees hearing and passing a handful of bills. By the end of Week One, CAC was tracking thirty bills including bills aimed at improving healthcare and safety net programs and consumer protections, environmental regulations, water issues, solar energy, and redistricting.
Bills are still appearing bit-by-bit on the Clerk’s website — track them at home here. We expect them to continue appearing throughout the upcoming weeks though the deadline to file bills has already passed. A list of legislative deadlines for the 2020 Legislative Session can be found here.
We are anticipating a slew of anti-ratepayer, anti-consumer energy bills to appear in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to our social media for the most up-to-date information.
We’ve been part of Indiana’s independent redistricting commission and we are part of the All IN for Democracy effort, which found fantastic coverage with their press conference on Monday, with more than 100 activists and members of the press in attendance. We called for more transparency in the redistricting process and were joined by Republicans and Democrats in signing a pledge to commit to fair, impartial redistricting policy. The CNHI Editorial Board said “it’s time for Speaker [Bosma] to convince his colleagues to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission.” The bill we’re supporting is authored by Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis) and isn’t filed yet and thus, we have no bill number to report.
On Tuesday, we were a sponsor of the successful second annual Renewable Energy Day at the Statehouse. Advocates from around the State gathered to meet with lawmakers to push for policies that would rapidly transition Indiana to 100% clean and renewable energy and provide better access to solar energy for Hoosiers. State Representatives Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) and Sharon Negele (R-Attica) spoke at the event.
Items upcoming this week:
- Governor Holcomb’s State of the State address on Tuesday evening, 7pm
- Redistricting Rally on Thursday Jan 16th, 10:30am. More info here.
Kerwin Olson & Lindsay Shipps Haake