Although the 2022 session was off to an early start with both hearings and a slew of bill postings beginning in mid-December,  today is the first official day of session.  According to statute, lawmakers must conclude all business by March 14.  Over the course of the last several weeks caucus leadership gave a preview of several priorities.

House Republicans will focus on:

  • lowering or eliminating certain taxes on small businesses and Hoosier consumers
  • pushing for more “parental transparency” in school curriculum
  • strengthening anti-abortion laws following trends around the country
  • House Speaker Todd Huston says, "We're going to push hard for responsible and prudent tax cuts while maintaining our strong reserves, funding critical services and investing in our future."

Senate Republicans will focus on:

  • continuing to address healthcare costs in Indiana
  • strengthening economic development tools
  • working to improve Indiana’s education system
  • Senate Appropriations Chairman Ryan Mishler says, "We have the obligation to continue making sustainable spending decisions as we plan for Indiana's future, and I believe those types of discussions will be most appropriate in the context of the next state budget."

Senate Democrats will work on:

  • ensuring state surplus dollars go toward Hoosiers in need of more affordable child care and the needs of those in rural areas
  • increasing the state’s minimum wage
  • expanding access to Pre-K for three-and four-year-olds
  • legalizing cannabis

While ACI did not ask any legislators to file bills on our behalf this session, we are anticipating several ag issues:

  • COVID-19 response:
    • HB 1001 Administrative authority; COVID-19 immunizations (R-Lehman) would restrict employer COVID-19 vaccine mandates and put in place actions to end the statewide public health emergency order.  HB 1001 would effectively force private employers that mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for employees to allow for any medical or religious exemptions — no questions asked.  It also would put in place administrative actions Gov. Eric Holcomb said were needed to end the statewide public health emergency order that’s been in place since March 2020, including securing continued federal reimbursements for SNAP benefits and Medicaid.  Click HERE to read more.
  • Office of the Indiana State Chemist:
    • OISC’s proposed legislation would allow for seed lab fees to no longer undercut industry, eliminate separate category of <1lb agricultural seed packages (only 6 are issued annually) and set microorganism rulemaking authority.
  • Home based vendors:
    • After much negotiation and work over the interim, this issue will return in 2022.
    • Under current law, home based vendors can only sell their products at farmers markets and roadside stands. We are anticipating legislation that will expand sales options.
  • Neither ISDA nor IDEM will bring agency bills this session
  • Other issues to watch: carbon, ethanol tax credit, pesticide bans, local zoning control, BOAH animal bills.

Governor Holcomb’s annual “State of the State” address will be held on Tuesday, January 11, at 7 p.m.

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2022 Session Calendar

Official House and Senate calendars for the 2022 General Assembly provide a roadmap for critical deadlines and other significant dates, but keep in mind these dates are subject to change.

House Calendar

  • Dec. 10 – Bill Request Deadline
  • Jan. 11 – Bill Filing Deadline
  • Jan. 25 – Deadline for Bills to advance out of committee
  • Jan. 27 – 2nd Reading Deadline
  • Jan. 31 – 3rd Reading Deadline
  • Feb. 22 – Deadline for Senate Bills to advance out of committee
  • Feb. 24 – 2nd Reading Deadline for Senate Bills
  • Feb. 28 – 3rd Reading Deadline for Senate Bills

Senate Calendar

  • Jan. 7 – Bill Filing Deadline
  • Jan. 27 – Deadline for Bills to advance out of committee
  • Jan. 31 – 2nd Reading Deadline
  • Feb. 1 – 3rd Reading Deadline
  • Feb. 24 – Deadline for House Bills to advance out of committee
  • Feb. 28 – 2nd Reading Deadline for House Bills
  • March 1 – 3rd Reading Deadline for House Bills