The Indiana General Assembly adjourned the 2016 session on March 10, 2016. This session was closely watched, maybe more so than usual, as the two chambers considered legislation to provide statewide protections to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) Hoosiers in employment and housing. While numerous pieces of legislation to provide these protections were introduced by both Democrats and Republicans, all of this legislation died without making it through the legislative process.
Plenty of other bills made it through the General Assembly including:
- SB 20—Prohibits local governments from requiring employers to provide employees a scheduling policy that exceeds the requirements of federal or state law unless the federal or state law provides otherwise.
- SB 61—Provides that when a voter votes “straight ticket” (for one party), the voter is voting for all members of the identified party (Republican or Democrat), except for in local elections where more than one candidate may be elected.
- SB 172—Allows the holder of a club permit to designate one or more days in each calendar month as guest days, not to exceed a total of four guest days in any calendar month.
- SB 362—Extends employment protections to members and veterans of the Indiana National Guard.
- SB 378—Allows the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to run a small business division to encourage the creation of small businesses.
- HB 1001—Road funding (visit the digest of enacted legislation to read more about HB 1001).
- HB 1222—Makes various amendments to the statutes governing condominium and homeowner’s associations.
- HB 1336—Makes changes to business and association law. Requires an application to reserve or renew a reservation of a name and a notice of transfer of a reserved name must be filed electronically.
The 2016 ISAE government affairs committee monitored the bills submitted for consideration during this legislative session. Review the bills tracked by the committee. Click here to see the full list of bills for the 2016 legislative session.