Amendments and more amendments before the 3rd reading deadlines at Indiana General Assembly
The third reading deadline in both chambers is Tues, 3/3, which means that the bills needed to pass "second readings" (with or without amendments) and "third readings" on the chamber floor. This is a time where it is challenging (even for legislators) to track where language has been inserted. Bills that die in committee or in the second chamber may be reinserted into other bills. Language that was changed from the original bill may be reinserted into other bills.
Bills that have been changed in the second chamber usually head to a conference committee. The chamber leaders appoint conferees from each caucus for each bill in conference. All parties must sign off on the final language of the bill before going back to each chamber floor. On occasion when they do not agree, the chamber leaders replace the conferees.
How do conference committees affect the bills ILF monitors?
ILF anticipates a few bills will go the final hours, and ILF stands positioned for action. We are especially watching the must-pass bill
, the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) bill which includes provisions that could impact libraries, and
, aka the "school freedom bill," which allows schools to waiver certain statutory requirements. We are monitoring several bills related to local government, tax structure and education. Members may see
ILF's bill list linked in the