March 15, 2018

Leaders Float Possible Special Session After Bills Die

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Leaders Float Possible Special Session After Bills Die - Brandon Smith

Leaders Float Possible Special Session After Bills Die

Brandon Smith

A handful of bills died at the end of the 2018 session as lawmakers ran out of time before their midnight deadline. And it's possible legislators might return later this year in a special session to address some of those measures.

Provisions to help Indiana comply with recent federal tax reform, a measure to help upgrade school safety, and legislation to regulate the autonomous vehicle industry were some of the bills that died as the clock struck midnight. Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says lawmakers ran out of time and options.

“Really no solution other than to have a special session. I don’t see anything on this list that’s going to require that,” Bosma says.

But Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says those were some important issues.

It’s possible, depending on when people calm down a little bit and think about it, that we might come back for a day and get some of this work done,” Long says.

And Gov. Eric Holcomb left open the possibility, saying he’ll look at all options to complete unfinished business.

The last special session was in 2009, to pass a budget.

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