Note to the Press: Please include the following statements from House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) regarding the public release of proposed legislation, motions, bill comparison documents and fiscal notes for the special session on May 14:
“We are committed to conducting this one-day special session in an open and transparent manner, giving the public and each lawmaker an opportunity to review the legislation and legislative procedure well before May 14. That’s why we released all special session documents on the state’s website today, including the five bills eligible for final passage. With the exception of a technical corrections bill recommended for adoption by the Legislative Services Agency, the four other bills will be eligible for a final vote in the same form they were in on the last night. This process will complete our work just as it should have been with limited expense to the taxpayer.”
- House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis)
“By publicly posting these documents on the General Assembly’s website today, we are delivering on our pledge of full transparency and openness with regard to the special session. I’m hopeful that this will help facilitate an efficient process when we gather on May 14 to complete our work on these important issues.”
- Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne)
Public documents for the special session can be accessed by visiting iga.in.gov.
Bosma will chair and Long will serve as vice-chair of the Legislative Council, which will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 404 of the Statehouse on May 7. The council is expected to make formal recommendations on the legislative agenda and procedure for special session. Bosma said the proposed legislation includes House Bill 1230, House Bill 1315, House Bill 1316, Senate Bill 242 and House Bill 1457 – a technical corrections bill. All bills will begin in the House of Representatives and maintain or receive a “House Bill” designation. For example, Senate Bill 242 will be designated “House Bill 1242.”