The 120th Indiana General Assembly Is Underway


The 120th Indiana General Assembly Is Underway

Today marked the start of the 120th Indiana General Assembly. Legislators from all around the state reconvened at the Indiana Statehouse to begin working through the 10-week legislative session that is scheduled to conclude on March 14th. 

 Over the next two and a half months, Representatives and Senators will consider the issues facing Indiana and potential solutions. A few of the pressing matters before the state that may be considered are:

  • Whether or not to allow Sunday alcohol sales
  • Expansion of cold beer sales
  • Raising the minimum wage
  • Combating the opioid epidemic
  • Redistricting of legislative districts
  • Workforce development

 There have been a few changes in leadership in both the House and Senate that will have new members filling those roles. Former House Democratic Minority Leader, Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) will be replaced by Representative Terry Goodin (D-Austin) to take the same position. Rep. Pelath will not seek re-election later this year.

 Across the hall in the Senate, Senator Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) recently resigned to take a job in Washington D.C. and will leave open the caucus position of Senate Majority Floor Leader. That position will be filled by Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville). Sen. Hershman's departure also opens up the Chairman of Senate Tax & Fiscal Policy Committee Chair position which will be filled by Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle). In a departure last fall, Sen. Luke Kenley retired leaving open the position of Senate Appropriations Committee Chair which will be filled by Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen). Sen. Luke Kenley's Senate seat has been filled by Sen. Victoria Spartz from Noblesville. 

 For more information regarding the 2018 legislative session including a complete listing of House and Senate Committee assignments or to see copies of proposed legislation, visit