Here’s what senators are planning for Indiana’s special legislative session – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Here’s a look at some of the Indiana Senate bills lawmakers will consider in the upcoming special session:

  • An abortion ban would make exceptions for rape, incest and risk to the life of the mother, but an affidavit would be required. An exemption will also be put in place for fatal fetal anomalies. Exemptions would not be allowed after a number of weeks to be determined.
  • The state would not ban in vitro fertilization, or IFV, a medical procedure in which an egg is fertilized by sperm in a test tube or elsewhere outside the body.
  • No measures are planned to prohibit the morning after pill or any other form of contraception.
  • The state government will set aside $50 million for maternal health, an expanded child adoption tax credit and similar programs.
  • The gas usage tax rate would be capped at 29.5 cents per gallon through June 30, unless the current law’s formula creates a gas tax at a lower rate. That eliminates the 1-cent increase lawmakers put in place on July 1.
  • An appropriation of $17.7 million to provide gas tax cap replacement funds to counties, cities and towns.
  • Freezes the excise tax on gasoline and the special fuel tax until June 30 at the rate in effect on June 30, 2022.
  • A sales tax holiday would be in place for six monthly billing periods for utilities and telecommunications services.

Calendar

Here is a tentative agenda for the Special Session of the Senate Majority Communications Office:

Monday

11 a.m.: The Senate will meet on Monday to table bills for first reading.

1 p.m.: The Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee will meet in the Senate chamber to hear Senate Bill 1, labeled as a bill to amend the Indiana Health Code. If all those present who registered have testified before 5:00 p.m., the committee will adjourn without a vote.

Tuesday

9am-12pm: The Senate Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure will meet in the Senate Chamber to continue hearing testimony on Senate Bill 1. The committee is expected to vote on the bill at the end of the meeting. If all those present who have registered have testified before noon, the committee will proceed to discuss and consider the bill at that time.

Wednesday

1:30 p.m.: The Senate will meet in session to adopt the reports of the committees. It’s procedural; debate on bills does not usually take place at this stage.

Thursday

1:30 p.m.: The Senate will meet in session for Senate bills for second reading. At this stage, senators can propose, debate and vote on amendments to bills. The filed amendments will be available for review at iga.in.gov.

Friday

10:30 a.m.: The Senate will meet for Senate bills in third reading. Debate on these bills will take place at this stage and a final vote is expected to take place on them.

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