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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Feb. 4, 2020 IN SB 449 Reduces the Age at Which Juveniles Can be Sent to Jail Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
Jan. 14, 2020 IN SB 69 Authorizes Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
April 22, 2019 IN HB 1284 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 7)
April 22, 2019 IN HB 1284 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 7)
April 22, 2019 IN HB 1284 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 17)
April 22, 2019 IN HB 1284 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 17)
April 16, 2019 IN HB 1253 Authorizes Firearm Training for Teachers and School Staff Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 14)
April 2, 2019 IN SB 198 Amends Criminal Sentencing Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
March 26, 2019 IN SB 198 Amends Criminal Sentencing Regulations Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
Feb. 21, 2019 IN SB 12 Authorizes Consideration of Bias in Sentencing Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
Feb. 18, 2019 IN HB 1253 Authorizes Firearm Training for Teachers and School Staff Bill Passed - House (72 - 25)
Feb. 14, 2019 IN HB 1615 Increases Penalties for Animal Abuse Bill Passed - House (81 - 13)
March 12, 2018 IN SB 12 Specifies Rules of Sex Offender Residency Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 20)
Feb. 27, 2018 IN HB 1359 Increases Penalties for Drug Dealers Connected to Overdose Deaths Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 9)
Feb. 27, 2018 IN HB 1359 Increases Penalties for Drug Dealers Connected to Overdose Deaths Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 9)
April 6, 2017 IN HB 1438 Authorizes Counties or Municipalities to Approve Syringe Exchange Programs Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
Feb. 21, 2017 IN HB 1071 Authorizes Individuals with a Protective Order to Carry a Handgun without a License Bill Passed - House (72 - 26)
March 10, 2016 IN HB 1127 Establishes Regulations on Lawsuit Funding Practices Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 32)
March 10, 2016 IN HB 1127 Establishes Regulations on Lawsuit Funding Practices Conference Report Adopted - Senate (40 - 10)
Feb. 3, 2016 IN SB 80 Authorizes Pharmacists to Decline to Sell Certain Cold Medicines Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 8)
Feb. 2, 2016 IN SB 220 Classifies an Offense Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity as Aggravating Circumstance Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 16)
Jan. 26, 2016 IN HB 1019 Limits Public Access to Police Body Camera Footage Bill Passed - House (65 - 30)
Jan. 26, 2016 IN SB 259 Authorizes General Assembly Employees to Carry Handguns in the Statehouse Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 13)
April 2, 2015 IN SB 50 Specifies that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Does Not Authorize Discrimination Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 16)
April 2, 2015 IN SB 50 Specifies that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Does Not Authorize Discrimination Conference Report Adopted - House (66 - 30)
Feb. 3, 2015 IN SB 433 Authorizes Possession of Sawed-off Shotguns Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 6)
March 13, 2014 IN HB 1351 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Conference Report Rejected - Senate (24 - 24)
March 13, 2014 IN SB 229 Authorizes the Concealed Possession of Firearms on School Property Conference Report Adopted - House (75 - 24)
March 13, 2014 IN SB 229 Authorizes the Concealed Possession of Firearms on School Property Conference Report Adopted - Senate (38 - 10)
March 13, 2014 IN HB 1351 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Conference Report Adopted - House (81 - 17)
March 4, 2014 IN HB 1126 Amends Procedures for Awarding Unpaid Wages Bill Failed - Senate (23 - 25)
March 4, 2014 IN HB 1351 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
Feb. 17, 2014 IN HJR 3 Defines Marriage as Between 1 Man and 1 Woman Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
Feb. 4, 2014 IN SB 404 Establishes Regulations for High-Fence Hunting Preserves Bill Failed - Senate (25 - 23)
Jan. 29, 2014 IN HB 1205 Establishes Civil Proceeding Advance Payment Transactions Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
Jan. 28, 2014 IN HJR 3 Defines Marriage as Between 1 Man and 1 Woman Joint Resolution Passed - House (57 - 40)
Jan. 28, 2014 IN SB 229 Amends Firearm Buy-Back Program Laws Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
Jan. 28, 2014 IN HB 1351 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (71 - 22)
April 26, 2013 IN SB 373 Prohibits Unauthorized Entry on Industrial or Agricultural Property Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 21)
April 26, 2013 IN HB 1006 Amends the Criminal Code Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 15)
April 15, 2013 IN SB 373 Prohibits Unauthorized Entry On Industrial Or Agricultural Property Bill Passed - House (65 - 25)
April 15, 2013 IN SB 487 Establishes Regulations for Hunting Preserves Bill Passed - House (52 - 39)
April 10, 2013 IN HB 1483 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 12)
Feb. 25, 2013 IN HB 1483 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (78 - 17)
Feb. 25, 2013 IN HB 1006 Amends the Criminal Code Bill Passed - House (80 - 13)
Feb. 25, 2013 IN HB 1483 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (78 - 17)
March 1, 2012 IN SB 1 Authorizes the Use of Force Against Law Enforcement Officers in Certain Situations Bill Passed - House (74 - 24)
Jan. 31, 2012 IN HB 1007 Requires Drug Testing for TANF Applicants Bill Passed - House (73 - 23)
Jan. 27, 2012 IN H Amdt 3 Drug and Alcohol Testing for Legislators Amendment Adopted - House (55 - 40)
April 18, 2011 IN SB 292 Prohibits Local Limits on Gun Ownership Bill Passed - House (77 - 21)
March 4, 2010 IN HB 1065 Authorizing Firearms at Workplace Conference Report Adopted - House (75 - 20)
March 4, 2010 IN HB 1065 Authorizing Firearms at Workplace Conference Report Adopted - House (75 - 20)
March 4, 2010 IN HB 1065 Authorizing Firearms at Workplace Conference Report Adopted - Senate (41 - 9)
March 4, 2010 IN HB 1065 Authorizing Firearms at Workplace Conference Report Adopted - Senate (41 - 9)
Feb. 2, 2010 IN HB 1131 Statewide Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (73 - 26)
Jan. 28, 2010 IN SJR 13 Defining Marriage as Being Between One Man and One Woman Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
Feb. 24, 2009 IN HB 1215 Increasing Traffic Fines to Fund Trauma Centers Bill Passed - House (53 - 42)
Feb. 17, 2009 IN HB 1213 Statewide Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (70 - 26)
Jan. 29, 2008 IN SB 335 Immigration Bill Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
Jan. 29, 2008 IN SB 3 Authorizing Physicians to Refuse Prescriptions Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
Jan. 24, 2008 IN SB 3 Authorizing Physicians to Refuse Prescriptions Bill Failed - Senate (24 - 24)
March 22, 2007 IN HB 1237 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 17)
Feb. 20, 2007 IN HB 1237 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - House (55 - 41)
March 14, 2006 IN HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Conference Report Adopted - House (59 - 35)
March 14, 2006 IN HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Conference Report Adopted - House (59 - 35)
March 14, 2006 IN HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 16)
March 14, 2006 IN HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 16)
March 2, 2006 IN HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
March 2, 2006 IN HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
Feb. 28, 2006 IN HB 1028 Firearms and Self-Defense Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 5)
Feb. 2, 2006 IN HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Bill Passed - House (64 - 30)
Feb. 2, 2006 IN HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Bill Passed - House (64 - 30)
Feb. 1, 2006 IN HB 1028 Firearms and Self-Defense Bill Passed - House (82 - 18)
Jan. 31, 2006 IN SB 145 Vehicle Seizure and Driving While Intoxicated Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 16)
Jan. 24, 2006 IN SB 88 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
Date No. Title Outcome
2/04 SB 449 Reduces the Age at Which Juveniles Can be Sent to Jail Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
1/14 SB 69 Authorizes Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
4/22 HB 1284 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 7)
4/22 HB 1284 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 7)
4/22 HB 1284 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 17)
4/22 HB 1284 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 17)
4/16 HB 1253 Authorizes Firearm Training for Teachers and School Staff Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 14)
4/02 SB 198 Amends Criminal Sentencing Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
3/26 SB 198 Amends Criminal Sentencing Regulations Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
2/21 SB 12 Authorizes Consideration of Bias in Sentencing Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
2/18 HB 1253 Authorizes Firearm Training for Teachers and School Staff Bill Passed - House (72 - 25)
2/14 HB 1615 Increases Penalties for Animal Abuse Bill Passed - House (81 - 13)
3/12 SB 12 Specifies Rules of Sex Offender Residency Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 20)
2/27 HB 1359 Increases Penalties for Drug Dealers Connected to Overdose Deaths Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 9)
2/27 HB 1359 Increases Penalties for Drug Dealers Connected to Overdose Deaths Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 9)
4/06 HB 1438 Authorizes Counties or Municipalities to Approve Syringe Exchange Programs Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
2/21 HB 1071 Authorizes Individuals with a Protective Order to Carry a Handgun without a License Bill Passed - House (72 - 26)
3/10 HB 1127 Establishes Regulations on Lawsuit Funding Practices Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 32)
3/10 HB 1127 Establishes Regulations on Lawsuit Funding Practices Conference Report Adopted - Senate (40 - 10)
2/03 SB 80 Authorizes Pharmacists to Decline to Sell Certain Cold Medicines Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 8)
2/02 SB 220 Classifies an Offense Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity as Aggravating Circumstance Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 16)
1/26 HB 1019 Limits Public Access to Police Body Camera Footage Bill Passed - House (65 - 30)
1/26 SB 259 Authorizes General Assembly Employees to Carry Handguns in the Statehouse Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 13)
4/02 SB 50 Specifies that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Does Not Authorize Discrimination Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 16)
4/02 SB 50 Specifies that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Does Not Authorize Discrimination Conference Report Adopted - House (66 - 30)
2/03 SB 433 Authorizes Possession of Sawed-off Shotguns Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 6)
3/13 HB 1351 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Conference Report Rejected - Senate (24 - 24)
3/13 SB 229 Authorizes the Concealed Possession of Firearms on School Property Conference Report Adopted - House (75 - 24)
3/13 SB 229 Authorizes the Concealed Possession of Firearms on School Property Conference Report Adopted - Senate (38 - 10)
3/13 HB 1351 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Conference Report Adopted - House (81 - 17)
3/04 HB 1126 Amends Procedures for Awarding Unpaid Wages Bill Failed - Senate (23 - 25)
3/04 HB 1351 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
2/17 HJR 3 Defines Marriage as Between 1 Man and 1 Woman Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
2/04 SB 404 Establishes Regulations for High-Fence Hunting Preserves Bill Failed - Senate (25 - 23)
1/29 HB 1205 Establishes Civil Proceeding Advance Payment Transactions Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
1/28 HJR 3 Defines Marriage as Between 1 Man and 1 Woman Joint Resolution Passed - House (57 - 40)
1/28 SB 229 Amends Firearm Buy-Back Program Laws Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
1/28 HB 1351 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (71 - 22)
4/26 SB 373 Prohibits Unauthorized Entry on Industrial or Agricultural Property Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 21)
4/26 HB 1006 Amends the Criminal Code Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 15)
4/15 SB 373 Prohibits Unauthorized Entry On Industrial Or Agricultural Property Bill Passed - House (65 - 25)
4/15 SB 487 Establishes Regulations for Hunting Preserves Bill Passed - House (52 - 39)
4/10 HB 1483 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 12)
2/25 HB 1483 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (78 - 17)
2/25 HB 1006 Amends the Criminal Code Bill Passed - House (80 - 13)
2/25 HB 1483 Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (78 - 17)
3/01 SB 1 Authorizes the Use of Force Against Law Enforcement Officers in Certain Situations Bill Passed - House (74 - 24)
1/31 HB 1007 Requires Drug Testing for TANF Applicants Bill Passed - House (73 - 23)
1/27 H Amdt 3 Drug and Alcohol Testing for Legislators Amendment Adopted - House (55 - 40)
4/18 SB 292 Prohibits Local Limits on Gun Ownership Bill Passed - House (77 - 21)
3/04 HB 1065 Authorizing Firearms at Workplace Conference Report Adopted - House (75 - 20)
3/04 HB 1065 Authorizing Firearms at Workplace Conference Report Adopted - House (75 - 20)
3/04 HB 1065 Authorizing Firearms at Workplace Conference Report Adopted - Senate (41 - 9)
3/04 HB 1065 Authorizing Firearms at Workplace Conference Report Adopted - Senate (41 - 9)
2/02 HB 1131 Statewide Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (73 - 26)
1/28 SJR 13 Defining Marriage as Being Between One Man and One Woman Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
2/24 HB 1215 Increasing Traffic Fines to Fund Trauma Centers Bill Passed - House (53 - 42)
2/17 HB 1213 Statewide Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed - House (70 - 26)
1/29 SB 335 Immigration Bill Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
1/29 SB 3 Authorizing Physicians to Refuse Prescriptions Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
1/24 SB 3 Authorizing Physicians to Refuse Prescriptions Bill Failed - Senate (24 - 24)
3/22 HB 1237 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 17)
2/20 HB 1237 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - House (55 - 41)
3/14 HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Conference Report Adopted - House (59 - 35)
3/14 HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Conference Report Adopted - House (59 - 35)
3/14 HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 16)
3/14 HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 16)
3/02 HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
3/02 HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
2/28 HB 1028 Firearms and Self-Defense Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 5)
2/02 HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Bill Passed - House (64 - 30)
2/02 HB 1099 Fireworks Sales, Regulations, Discharge, Public Safety Fees, and Injuries Bill Passed - House (64 - 30)
2/01 HB 1028 Firearms and Self-Defense Bill Passed - House (82 - 18)
1/31 SB 145 Vehicle Seizure and Driving While Intoxicated Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 16)
1/24 SB 88 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21)

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