Monday, January 11, 2016












Happy New Year and welcome back to Inside the Statehouse, Indiana Institute for Working Families' weekly blog about legislative action related to working families during the Indiana General Assembly's 2016 session.

The Institute's goal is to provide readers with substantive analysis of important legislative developments affecting working families across Indiana. In addition to documenting the outcomes of efforts related to the Institute's 2016 Policy Agenda, we will be tracking and offering synopses of bills that may promote or diminish the well-being of working families.

Each week, the Inside the Statehouse Blog will provide a summary of the previous week's developments and a preview of legislation slated to move forward during the week. Subscribe here to receive these updates via email. From time to time, if an unfavorable or favorable bill is moving forward, we will also send Action Alerts with detailed information on how to act and/or who to contact to influence legislation.

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Below, you will find the bills we are tracking during the 2016 legislative session. Each line includes a link to the bill summary on the General Assembly website.

In the Senate:
  • SB 15: Fresh food initiative
  • SB 20: Restrictions on employer scheduling policies
  • SB 24: Law enforcement academies
  • SB 32: Economic development incentive accountability
  • SB 76: Military service and Medicaid eligibility
  • SB 85: Fair pay in employment
  • SB 99: Small loans
  • SB 129: Indiana earned income tax credit
  • SB 132: Food stamp assistance after drug conviction
  • SB 135: Voter registration and other voting matters
  • SB 165: Healthy Indiana Plan
  • SB 167: University ownership of certain entities
  • SB 184: Achieving a better life experience (ABLE) program
  • SB 201: Resident tuition rate at state educational institutions
  • SB 206: FSSA matters
  • SB 210: Family leave insurance program
  • SB 211: Minimum wage
  • SB 212: Employee work schedules
  • SB 217: Township assistance payment of electric bills
  • SB 245: Drug testing of unemployment insurance applicants
  • SB 265: Sales tax district for healthy food programs
  • SB 301: Workforce education
  • SB 319: Local government common construction wage
  • SB 320: Work ethic certification and grants
  • SB 325: Individual development accounts
  • SB 341: Removal of asset limits for SNAP eligibility
  • SB 346: Prevailing wage
  • SB 377: Removal of asset limits for SNAP eligibility
  • SB 400: Presumption of worker status


In the House:

  • HB 1011: Work sharing unemployment benefits
  • HB 1014: Work sharing unemployment benefits
  • HB 1050: Sales tax holiday
  • HB 1054: Garnishment of state tax refunds
  • HB 1072: Overtime compensation for certain employees
  • HB 1077: Healthy food financing program
  • HB 1078: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • HB 1087: Bureau of motor vehicles omnibus bill
  • HB 1139: Paid sick and safe leave
  • HB 1194: Prepaid college tuition
  • HB 1248: State financial aid
  • HB 1340: Long term small loans
  • HB 1344: Unemployment insurance




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