Finishing a week before deadline leads to late night at Statehouse

24 Apr 2017 12:30 PM | Katrina Hall (Administrator)

Indiana Legislators worked through Friday night and into the early morning hours of Saturday, April 22, to finish up their business and adjourn the 2017 legislative session sine die. Session ended an entire week ahead of the deadline as Legislators had planned.


In less than four months they successfully passed two very important bills: the next biennial budget and a roads and transportation bill with a 20-year project outlook. These bills await signatures from House and Senate leadership before making their way to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk for final approval.


House Bill 1001, the budget bill, makes plans for approximately $32 billion of state revenue over the next two fiscal years. Increases in funding are notable for Education and the Indiana State Police.


HB 1002, addressing transportation infrastructure, raises gasoline taxes by 10 cents per gallon, instates a vehicle registration fee and directs revenues for roads and bridges projects, shifts other revenue to roads and bridges projects, and alters tolling capabilities.


Gov. Holcomb has already signed more than 100 bills and there will likely be about as many more in the next week.


General Assembly leadership is now looking ahead to the 2018 session and issues they anticipate addressing include outdated liquor laws and the drug epidemic.


Track bills as they become law with the Governor’s 2017 Bill Watch: https://secure.in.gov/gov/2923.htm


IFPI Reports dealing with 2017 legislative priorities:

IFPI Session report No. 1 - Shifting sales tax on gasoline without new revenue
leaves less for roads and nothing for education, other programs


IFPI Session report No. 2 - Budgets and transportation bill show Republican fiscal priorities differ between governor, House and Senate


IFPI Session report No. 3 - Indiana's Regional Cities Program at a Crossroads


IFPI Session report No. 4 - SALES TAX INCREMENT FINANCING IN INDIANA: PUTTING HB 1144 INTO HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE


IFPI Forecasting Brief and Budget Comparison - INDIANA'S REVENUE FORECAST, APRIL 2017 and A COMPARISON OF BUDGET PROPOSALS FROM GOVERNOR HOLCOMB, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE

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