In June, Bellwether Research and Consulting released a poll examining Hoosiers' views of Gov. Mike Pence and some of his possible opponents in 2016. The immediate reaction was that the reelection bid by Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in trouble.
The Indiana General Assembly completed its work right at the mandated deadline of April 29th and most of the legislation that was passed will go into effect on July 1st. While people might think of the legislative process as being over at this point, the public policy process is not. An often forgotten part of the process is determining whether or not a policy has worked.
The Indiana General Assembly is required to complete its work no later than April 29th in the years when they pass a two-year budget. It is quite common for them to work right up to that deadline like they did this year.
As this session ended, people began talking about how memorable this session was. They certainly have some notable legislation and events to point to when they are making their case.
The week of February 23rd includes a legislative milestone for the current session of the Indiana General Assembly. This was the week when bills had to move from one chamber to the other. Theoretically, if a bill failed to be voted out of the chamber of origin, it is not possible for that bill to become law. In other words, those bills are dead. (Click here to see how a bill becomes a law in Indiana.)