by Alex Downard - Posted 8 months ago
The Indiana General Assembly wrapped up the 2022 legislative session early on March 9th (they had until March 14th to adjourn). While it was a short session (non-budget year), it was a very fast and action packed ten weeks. Many of the issues that dominated at the legislature this year were in response to the large number of incumbents who are facing primary challenges in May 3rd (more on that below).
Major issues the legislature was able to address this year include the following:
Governor Holcomb vetoed two bills that passed this year’s assembly, HB 1211 (State and Local Administration) and HB 1041 (Participation in School Sports). The Indiana General Assembly is expected to return Tuesday, May 24th for Technical Corrections Day. House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) has already announced his intentions of a veto override vote on 1041 on the 24th. The Senate leadership team has yet to announce their plans.
Auto Dealer Specific Legislation
Working with House Roads and Transportation Chair, Jim Pressel (R-LaPorte), we introduced language in the HB 1167, the omnibus BMV bill, about timeliness of title delivery from towing companies. After much discussion, we agreed to pull the language this year and work on a more comprehensive reform over the course of the interim. More to follow in the summer and months on this issue.
May Primaries and Next Year
We have seen a lot of turnover in the Indiana General Assembly in recent months, and we are expecting the same after November’s election. Seven members of the Indiana Senate and seven members of the Indiana House have announced they will not run for reelection.
Primary election day in Indiana is Tuesday, May 3rd. Over 20 members of the House Republican caucus are facing primary challenges from the right. Leadership and those incumbents have hit the ground running since the end of session. If a few of the incumbents do lose on the 3rd, that will further alter the legislative process and legislation that moves forward in future bodies.
As is always the case, please do not hesitate to contact me with any legislative questions. My email is Michael@marketstreetindy.com