INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are scheduled to meet Thursday for the fourth day of the special session. During the day, the entire House and Senate are to meet to discuss their respective bills.
The Senate will consider amendments to the proposed virtual ban on abortion. They will also consider a bill allocating money for social services and a bill dealing with financial aid to the Hoosiers.
On Thursday morning, Senate Democrats presented the amendments they would propose for the legislation. A total of 62 amendments were proposed for the legislation.
Senate Republicans postponed the session to 3:30 p.m. It was again postponed to 5:00 p.m.
When they returned, State Senator Sue Glick, the author of the abortion bill, asked to move the second hearing to the end of the agenda. The other two bills will be discussed first.
These include the Social Services Bill to accompany the abortion ban and the Financial Aid Bill.
In SB2, there were 18 amendments under discussion. Here’s how the amendments broke down.
- Sen. Mike Bohacek (R-Michiana Shores) introduced an amendment ordering the state to report on Medicaid reimbursement rates. The amendment passed with a voice vote.
- Sen. Fady Qaddoura (D-Indianapolis) introduced an amendment directing that the fund be administered by the Family and Social Services Administration instead of the State Budget Agency. The amendment was defeated 10-36.
- Sen. Fady Qaddora (D-Indianapolis) introduced an amendment that would increase Indiana’s tax deduction for renters from $3,000 to $6,000. The amendment failed 10-36.
- Sen. Fady Qaddora (D-Indianapolis) introduced an amendment that would ban any increases in utility rates for the next six months. The amendment failed in a voice vote and a standing vote.
- Sen. Fady Qaddora (D-Indianapolis) introduced an amendment that would expand pre-K services across Indiana. The amendment failed 10-36.
- Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) introduced an amendment that would establish a scholarship for minority students pursuing careers in healthcare. The amendment failed 11-35.
- Sen. Shelli Yoder (D-Monroe County) introduced an amendment that would block funding for the bill from going to crisis pregnancy centers.
Senators began hearing amendments to Senate Bill 1, the abortion bill, at around 7:10 p.m.
The House will debate its own financial relief bill. Their proposal is an automatic taxpayer refund of $225 on top of the refund already sent to Hoosiers.
The House met at 1:30 p.m. before immediately suspending the session for one hour.
We will be streaming the special sessions live here and updating the article throughout the day with new information from the special session.