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Staffers prepare for a session to start in the Indiana Senate Chamber.

INDIANAPOLIS—The 2022 legislative session began on Jan. 4, and ever since, senators have been meeting in their respective committees to hear a variety of bills before passing some to the Senate floor.

It’s understandable that you may not know everything being covered at the Statehouse because, well, it’s a lot. The Senate committees have over 400 bills assigned to them by the President Pro Tempore.

The committees have until Thursday to review bills that originated in the Senate. The House committee deadline was Tuesday.

Agriculture 

This committee has met twice and passed four bills. These are covering seed testing, changes to the Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners’ name, foreign business ownership of land and equine dentistry

It has no further meetings scheduled at this time. 

Appropriations

This committee has met three times, with no future meetings scheduled. It has discussed over 20 bills.

Commerce and Technology 

This committee has met twice so far. It has discussed three bills, passing one about what defines a small manufacturing business

Corrections and Criminal Law

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

One notable bill, Senate Bill 10, aims to “recognize violent crime reduction districts, specifically within Marion County, as well as provide funding and additional law enforcement services to the county.” This passed the committee unanimously, with only slight concerns from Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, over what he felt to be the bill’s negative language

Education and Career Development 

This committee has met four times in the Senate Chamber. Lawmakers have discussed scholarships, audiology and speech-language pathology, teacher preparation programs and dyslexia screening.

The committee has looked through 17 bills during its meetings but is assigned 37 total.

Elections

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

Environmental Affairs

This ecologically focused committee has met once and passed two bills, SB 256 and SB 301

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

Family and Children Services

This committee has met three times and discussed six bills. 

One notable bill passed, SB 404, confronts the child care desert in Indiana. The bill aims to “reduce and eliminate the incidence of geographic areas in which child care services are insufficiently available or affordable to meet the child care needs of the areas' residents.”

Health and Provider Services

This committee has met three times and discussed 17 bills. It has covered things like suicide death reporting, telehealth and organ donor registration.

Homeland Security and Transportation

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

Insurance and Financial Institutions

This committee has met four times so far and has heard 11 bills while being assigned 13 total. 

Judiciary

This committee is assigned over 40 bills and has met four times. Lawmakers in the committee have covered many topics, ranging from small estates to population parameters

One of the most controversial discussions from this committee surrounded membership limits for the U.S. Supreme Court in Senate Concurrent Resolution 2, authored by Sen. James Buck, R-Kokomo, which passed along party lines.

Local Government

This committee has met five times and is assigned over 25 bills. It has discussed things like the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, mobile homes and insurance pooling.

Natural Resources

This committee has met twice and passed six bills. These bills cover topics like wakeboarding, establishing a drainage task force and flood management.

Pensions and Labor

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

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

Public Policy

This committee held its first meeting Wednesday and discussed gambling, alcoholic beverage permits and outdoor refreshment areas.

It currently has no future meetings scheduled. 

Tax and Fiscal Policy

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

Utilities

This committee has met three times and has voted on bills regarding wastewater infrastructure, electric distribution poles, and solar and wind energy.

Veterans Affairs and the Military

This committee has met once and has heard 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 shall be used to provide annual scholarships to members of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, not including the Army or Air National Guard, under certain conditions.”

This committee currently has no future meetings scheduled.

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

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