Bills And Resolutions

Overview

The Indiana Constitution provides that no law can be enacted except by bill, and the legislature does not act but by bill or resolution.

Bills

When a bill is introduced it is given the suffix INTR. A bill making its way through the legislative process is denoted with the prefix HB or SB. Once it passes a chamber it is engrossed and becomes denoted with suffix ENGH or ENGS (Engrossed House or Engrossed Senate). Once the bill is enacted by the full General Assembly, it is “enrolled” and denoted with suffix ENRH or ENRS (House Enrolled Act or Senate Enrolled Act). Bills are numbered in the order they are filed; Senate bills start numbering at number one, and House bills start at 1000.

The bill document has a short description, a digest that briefly describes the major provisions of the bill, and a historical log noting dates of action on the bill. The date that a bill is printed or reprinted shows in the upper right corner of the bill. These items are not part of the proposed law.

The proposed law bill language always starts with the phrase “Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana”. New language is shown in bold, and existing language to be removed is shown as stricken text.

Resolutions

Resolutions are similar to bills, but they will not have the effect of law once they are enacted. There are three types of resolutions:

  1. Joint resolutions are used for changes to the State Constitution, to apply to the U.S. Congress, or to remove a state official. They must be approved by both chambers and can be amended. The Governor’s signature is not necessary but is customary. They are denoted using HJ or SJ.
  2. A Concurrent Resolution is adopted by both chambers to express the sentiment of the General Assembly. These are denoted with HC or SC.
  3. A Simple Resolution, which needs to be adopted by only one chamber to be effective, is used to express the sentiment of that chamber. These are denoted with HR or SR.

Naming conventions.

Bill and resolution names have a fixed parsable format:

{bill_type}{bill_number}.{bill_stage}.{bill_print_version}

The bill type can be one of:

Bill Type Description
SB Senate Bill
SC Senate Concurrent Resolution
SJ Senate Joint Resolution
SR Senate Resolution
HB House Bill
HC House Concurrent Resolution
HJ House Joint Resolution
HR House Resolution

Bill number is a 4 digit number starting from 0 for resolutions and from 1000 for bills.

Bill stage can be one of:

Bill Stage Description
INTR Introduced Bill
COMH House Bill
COMS Senate Bill
ENGH Engrossed House Bill
ENGS Engrossed Senate Bill
ENRH Enrolled House Bill
ENRS Enrolled Senate Bill

Bill print version is a two digit number starting at 01. The print version caters for situations in which a bill needs to be ‘re-printed’, usually in response to a drafting error.

Resources

Resource Description Alternative Representations
/{session}/bills All the bills that have been introduced in both chambers, in a specific session.  
/{session}/bills/{bill_name} Links to all bill versions and information common to all versions  
/{session}/bills/{bill_name}/versions/{bill_versions} Information about a particular version of a bill application/pdf
/{session}/chambers/{chamber}/bills All the bills that have been introduced in a specific chamber, in a specific session  
/{session}/legislators/{legislator_id}/bills Filter bills to those associated with given legislator including authored and sponsored  
/{session}/committees/{committee}/bills The list of bills that have been referred to the given commiteee  

Supported Filter Parameters

Parameter Description
q Searches for bills with digests containing the give search term. The search term can include spaces as required.
type Returns bills of the given type, where type can be one of ‘BILL’, ‘SRES’, ‘JRES’ or ‘CRES’, for bill, simple resolution, joint resolution and concurrent resolution.
filedDate Can be set to find bills filed on a specific date along

with minFiledDate and maxFiledDate

Examples

View all information about SB001 in 2014.

curl -i \
     -X GET \
     -H "Accept: application/vnd.myiga.v1+json" \
     -H "Authorization: Token my4pp1c4t10nt0k3n" \
     https://api.iga.in.gov/2014/bills/sb0001
{
    "title": "A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation",
    "billName": "SB0001",
    "number": 1,
    "description": "",
    "status": "bs_0_not_released",
    "committeeStatus": "In Committee",
    "stage": "Senate Bill (S)",
    "year": "2014",
    "originChamber": "senate",
    "currentChamber": "senate",
    "type": "BILL",
    "authors": [
        {
            "position_title": "Senator",
            "firstName": "Brandt",
            "lastName": "Hershman",
            "party": "Republican",
            "link": "/2014/legislators/brandt_hershman_643",
            "fullName": "Senator Brandt Hershman"
        },
        {
            "position_title": "Senator",
            "firstName": "Luke",
            "lastName": "Kenley",
            "party": "Republican",
            "link": "/2014/legislators/luke_kenley_158",
            "fullName": "Senator Luke Kenley"
        },
        {
            "position_title": "Senator",
            "firstName": "Travis",
            "lastName": "Holdman",
            "party": "Republican",
            "link": "/2014/legislators/travis_holdman_955",
            "fullName": "Senator Travis Holdman"
        }
    ],
    "coauthors": [
        {
            "position_title": "Senator",
            "firstName": "Sue",
            "lastName": "Landske",
            "party": "Republican",
            "link": "/2014/legislators/sue_landske_214",
            "fullName": "Senator Sue Landske"
        },
        {
            "position_title": "Senator",
            "firstName": "Dennis",
            "lastName": "Kruse",
            "party": "Republican",
            "link": "/2014/legislators/dennis_kruse_780",
            "fullName": "Senator Dennis Kruse"
        },
        {
            "position_title": "Senator",
            "firstName": "Patricia",
            "lastName": "Miller",
            "party": "Republican",
            "link": "/2014/legislators/patricia_miller_180",
            "fullName": "Senator Patricia Miller"
        }
    ],
    "sponsors": [
        {
            "position_title": "Representative",
            "firstName": "Timothy",
            "lastName": "Brown",
            "party": "Republican",
            "link": "/2014/legislators/timothy_brown_220",
            "fullName": "Representative Timothy Brown"
        }
    ],
    "cosponsors": [
        {
            "position_title": "Representative",
            "firstName": "P Eric",
            "lastName": "Turner",
            "party": "Republican",
            "link": "/2014/legislators/p_eric_turner_110",
            "fullName": "Representative P Eric Turner"
        }
    ],
    "advisors": [],
    "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001",
    "latestVersion": {
        "billName": "SB0001",
        "printVersion": 3,
        "printVersionName": "SB0001.03.COMS",
        "stage": "COMS",
        "stageVerbose": "Senate Bill (S)",
        "year": "2014",
        "title": "A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation",
        "shortDescription": "State and local taxation.",
        "longDescription": "",
        "digest": "Provides that if the value of a taxpayer's business personal property in a county that would otherwise be subject to taxation is less than $25,000 for a particular assessment date: (1) the taxpayer is not required to file a personal property return for the taxpayer's business personal property in the county for that assessment date; and (2) the taxpayer's business personal property in the county is exempt from taxation for that assessment date. Requires the taxpayer to file an annual certification with the county assessor. Provides that the tax rate for certain tax increment financing areas shall be calculated as if this exemption were not in effect. Provides that if a county or municipality receives a reimbursement, repayment, or penalty from a taxpayer on account of the taxpayer's failure to comply with the statement of benefits provided by the taxpayer as part of a property tax abatement or on account of the taxpayer's failure to comply with any other requirement to receive a property tax abatement, the county or municipal fiscal officer shall distribute the amount of the reimbursement, repayment, or penalty on a pro rata basis to each taxing unit that contains the property that was subject to the abatement deduction. Phases down the corporate income tax rate from 6.5% in 2015 to 4.9% in 2019. Phases down the financial institutions tax rate to 4.9% in 2022. Reduces the research and development tax credit percentage by half for qualified research expense incurred after 2014. Provides that a taxpayer is not entitled to: (1) a college contribution tax credit for contributions made in a taxable year beginning after 2014; (2) a riverboat building tax credit for qualified investments made in a taxable year beginning after 2014; (3) a biodiesel tax credit for the production or distribution of biodiesel or blended biodiesel in a taxable year beginning after 2014; (4) an ethanol production tax credit for the production of ethanol in a taxable year beginning after 2014; and (5) a new employer tax credit for wages paid in a taxable year beginning after 2014. Repeals the voluntary remediation tax credit statute. (Under current law, tax credits may not be awarded for taxable years after 2007, and the carryforward period has expired.) Repeals the energy savings tax credit. (Under current law, the tax credit may not be awarded for costs incurred after December 31, 2011, and may not be carried forward.) Provides that a retail merchant engaged in selling bulk propane at retail in Indiana shall claim a credit in April of 2014 equal to the sales tax paid by the retail merchant's customers after December 31, 2013, and before April 1, 2014, on that portion of the price of bulk propane that exceeded $2.50 per gallon. Requires such a retail merchant to provide a credit to customers of the retail merchant on their next purchases of bulk propane occurring after March 31, 2014. Establishes the commission on business personal property and business taxation to study certain issues during the 2014 legislative interim. Requires the commission on state tax and financing policy to study income tax deductions and exemptions during the 2014 and 2015 legislative interims.",
        "created": null,
        "updated": null,
        "enrolled": null,
        "introduced": null,
        "filed": "2014-01-13T12:26:05",
        "printed": null,
        "authors": [
            {
                "position_title": "Senator",
                "firstName": "Brandt",
                "lastName": "Hershman",
                "party": "Republican",
                "link": "/2014/legislators/brandt_hershman_643",
                "fullName": "Senator Brandt Hershman"
            },
            {
                "position_title": "Senator",
                "firstName": "Luke",
                "lastName": "Kenley",
                "party": "Republican",
                "link": "/2014/legislators/luke_kenley_158",
                "fullName": "Senator Luke Kenley"
            },
            {
                "position_title": "Senator",
                "firstName": "Travis",
                "lastName": "Holdman",
                "party": "Republican",
                "link": "/2014/legislators/travis_holdman_955",
                "fullName": "Senator Travis Holdman"
            }
        ],
        "coauthors": [
            {
                "position_title": "Senator",
                "firstName": "Sue",
                "lastName": "Landske",
                "party": "Republican",
                "link": "/2014/legislators/sue_landske_214",
                "fullName": "Senator Sue Landske"
            },
            {
                "position_title": "Senator",
                "firstName": "Dennis",
                "lastName": "Kruse",
                "party": "Republican",
                "link": "/2014/legislators/dennis_kruse_780",
                "fullName": "Senator Dennis Kruse"
            },
            {
                "position_title": "Senator",
                "firstName": "Patricia",
                "lastName": "Miller",
                "party": "Republican",
                "link": "/2014/legislators/patricia_miller_180",
                "fullName": "Senator Patricia Miller"
            }
        ],
        "sponsors": [
            {
                "position_title": "Representative",
                "firstName": "Timothy",
                "lastName": "Brown",
                "party": "Republican",
                "link": "/2014/legislators/timothy_brown_220",
                "fullName": "Representative Timothy Brown"
            }
        ],
        "cosponsors": [
            {
                "position_title": "Representative",
                "firstName": "P Eric",
                "lastName": "Turner",
                "party": "Republican",
                "link": "/2014/legislators/p_eric_turner_110",
                "fullName": "Representative P Eric Turner"
            }
        ],
        "advisors": [],
        "subjects": [
            {
                "entry": "TAXES generally",
                "link": "/2014/subjects/si_taxes_generally_351"
            },
            {
                "entry": "TAX ABATEMENTS",
                "link": "/2014/subjects/si_tax_abatements_3019"
            },
            {
                "entry": "CORPORATIONS",
                "link": "/2014/subjects/si_corporations_71"
            }
        ],
        "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001/versions/sb0001.03.coms",
        "amendments": [],
        "fiscal-notes": [
            {
                "name": "SB0001.03.COMS.FN002",
                "link": "/2014/fiscal-notes/SB0001.03.COMS/SB0001.03.COMS.FN002"
            },
            {
                "name": "SB0001.03.COMS.FN001",
                "link": "/2014/fiscal-notes/SB0001.03.COMS/SB0001.03.COMS.FN001"
            }
        ],
        "committee-reports": [],
        "rollcalls": [
            {
                "target": "SB0001.03.COMS",
                "chamber": {
                    "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                    "name": "Senate"
                },
                "rollcall_number": "83",
                "link": "/2014/rollcalls/MTE4LzIwMTQvY2FiaW5ldC9iaWxscy9zZW5hdGUvU0IwMDAxL3JvbGxjYWxsL1NCMDAwMS4wMy5DT01TLjgzLnBkZi5odG1s"
            }
        ]
    },
    "versions": [
        {
            "billName": "SB0001",
            "printVersion": 3,
            "printVersionName": "SB0001.03.COMS",
            "stage": "COMS",
            "stageVerbose": "Senate Bill (S)",
            "year": "2014",
            "title": "A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation",
            "shortDescription": "State and local taxation.",
            "longDescription": "",
            "digest": "Provides that if the value of a taxpayer's business personal property in a county that would otherwise be subject to taxation is less than $25,000 for a particular assessment date: (1) the taxpayer is not required to file a personal property return for the taxpayer's business personal property in the county for that assessment date; and (2) the taxpayer's business personal property in the county is exempt from taxation for that assessment date. Requires the taxpayer to file an annual certification with the county assessor. Provides that the tax rate for certain tax increment financing areas shall be calculated as if this exemption were not in effect. Provides that if a county or municipality receives a reimbursement, repayment, or penalty from a taxpayer on account of the taxpayer's failure to comply with the statement of benefits provided by the taxpayer as part of a property tax abatement or on account of the taxpayer's failure to comply with any other requirement to receive a property tax abatement, the county or municipal fiscal officer shall distribute the amount of the reimbursement, repayment, or penalty on a pro rata basis to each taxing unit that contains the property that was subject to the abatement deduction. Phases down the corporate income tax rate from 6.5% in 2015 to 4.9% in 2019. Phases down the financial institutions tax rate to 4.9% in 2022. Reduces the research and development tax credit percentage by half for qualified research expense incurred after 2014. Provides that a taxpayer is not entitled to: (1) a college contribution tax credit for contributions made in a taxable year beginning after 2014; (2) a riverboat building tax credit for qualified investments made in a taxable year beginning after 2014; (3) a biodiesel tax credit for the production or distribution of biodiesel or blended biodiesel in a taxable year beginning after 2014; (4) an ethanol production tax credit for the production of ethanol in a taxable year beginning after 2014; and (5) a new employer tax credit for wages paid in a taxable year beginning after 2014. Repeals the voluntary remediation tax credit statute. (Under current law, tax credits may not be awarded for taxable years after 2007, and the carryforward period has expired.) Repeals the energy savings tax credit. (Under current law, the tax credit may not be awarded for costs incurred after December 31, 2011, and may not be carried forward.) Provides that a retail merchant engaged in selling bulk propane at retail in Indiana shall claim a credit in April of 2014 equal to the sales tax paid by the retail merchant's customers after December 31, 2013, and before April 1, 2014, on that portion of the price of bulk propane that exceeded $2.50 per gallon. Requires such a retail merchant to provide a credit to customers of the retail merchant on their next purchases of bulk propane occurring after March 31, 2014. Establishes the commission on business personal property and business taxation to study certain issues during the 2014 legislative interim. Requires the commission on state tax and financing policy to study income tax deductions and exemptions during the 2014 and 2015 legislative interims.",
            "created": null,
            "updated": null,
            "enrolled": null,
            "introduced": null,
            "filed": "2014-01-13T12:26:05",
            "printed": null,
            "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001/versions/sb0001.03.coms"
        },
        {
            "billName": "SB0001",
            "printVersion": 2,
            "printVersionName": "SB0001.02.COMS",
            "stage": "COMS",
            "stageVerbose": "Senate Bill (S)",
            "year": "2014",
            "title": "A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation",
            "shortDescription": "State and local taxation.",
            "longDescription": "",
            "digest": "Provides that if the value of a taxpayer's business personal property in a county that would otherwise be subject to taxation is less than $25,000 for a particular assessment date: (1) the taxpayer is not required to file a personal property return for the taxpayer's business personal property in the county for that assessment date; and (2) the taxpayer's business personal property in the county is exempt from taxation for that assessment date. Requires the taxpayer to file an annual certification with the county assessor. Provides that the tax rate for certain tax increment financing areas shall be calculated as if this exemption were not in effect. Provides that if a county or municipality receives a reimbursement, repayment, or penalty from a taxpayer on account of the taxpayer's failure to comply with the statement of benefits provided by the taxpayer as part of a property tax abatement or on account of the taxpayer's failure to comply with any other requirement to receive a property tax abatement, the county or municipal fiscal officer shall distribute the amount of the reimbursement, repayment, or penalty on a pro rata basis to each taxing unit that contains the property that was subject to the abatement deduction. Phases down the corporate income tax rate from 6.5% in 2015 to 4.9% in 2019. Phases down the financial institutions tax rate to 4.9% in 2022. Reduces the research and development tax credit percentage by half for qualified research expense incurred after 2014. Provides that a taxpayer is not entitled to: (1) a college contribution tax credit for contributions made in a taxable year beginning after 2014; (2) a riverboat building tax credit for qualified investments made in a taxable year beginning after 2014; (3) a biodiesel tax credit for the production or distribution of biodiesel or blended biodiesel in a taxable year beginning after 2014; (4) an ethanol production tax credit for the production of ethanol in a taxable year beginning after 2014; and (5) a new employer tax credit for wages paid in a taxable year beginning after 2014. Repeals the voluntary remediation tax credit statute. (Under current law, tax credits may not be awarded for taxable years after 2007, and the carryforward period has expired.) Repeals the energy savings tax credit. (Under current law, the tax credit may not be awarded for costs incurred after December 31, 2011, and may not be carried forward.) Provides that a retail merchant engaged in selling bulk propane at retail in Indiana shall claim a credit in April of 2014 equal to the sales tax paid by the retail merchant's customers after December 31, 2013, and before April 1, 2014, on that portion of the price of bulk propane that exceeded $2.50 per gallon. Requires such a retail merchant to provide a credit to customers of the retail merchant on their next purchases of bulk propane occurring after March 31, 2014. Establishes the commission on business personal property and business taxation to study certain issues during the 2014 legislative interim. Requires the commission on state tax and financing policy to study income tax deductions and exemptions during the 2014 and 2015 legislative interims.",
            "created": null,
            "updated": null,
            "enrolled": null,
            "introduced": null,
            "filed": "2014-01-13T12:26:05",
            "printed": null,
            "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001/versions/sb0001.02.coms"
        },
        {
            "billName": "SB0001",
            "printVersion": 1,
            "printVersionName": "SB0001.01.INTR",
            "stage": "INTR",
            "stageVerbose": "Introduced Senate Bill (S)",
            "year": "2014",
            "title": "A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning taxation",
            "shortDescription": "State and local taxation.",
            "longDescription": "",
            "digest": "Provides that if the value of a taxpayer's business personal property in a county that would otherwise be subject to taxation is less than $25,000 for a particular assessment date: (1) the taxpayer is not required to file a personal property return for the taxpayer's business personal property in the county for that assessment date; and (2) the taxpayer's business personal property in the county is exempt from taxation for that assessment date. Requires the taxpayer to file an annual certification with the county assessor. Provides that the tax rate for certain tax increment financing areas shall be calculated as if this exemption were not in effect. Provides that if a county or municipality receives a reimbursement, repayment, or penalty from a taxpayer on account of the taxpayer's failure to comply with the statement of benefits provided by the taxpayer as part of a property tax abatement or on account of the taxpayer's failure to comply with any other requirement to receive a property tax abatement, the county or municipal fiscal officer shall distribute the amount of the reimbursement, repayment, or penalty on a pro rata basis to each taxing unit that contains the property that was subject to the abatement deduction. Phases down the corporate income tax rate from 6.5% in 2015 to 4.9% in 2019. Reduces the research and development tax credit percentage by half for qualified research expense incurred after 2014. Provides that a taxpayer is not entitled to: (1) a college contribution tax credit for contributions made in a taxable year beginning after 2014; (2) a riverboat building tax credit for qualified investments made in a taxable year beginning after 2014; (3) a biodiesel tax credit for the production or distribution of biodiesel or blended biodiesel in a taxable year beginning after 2014; (4) an ethanol production tax credit for the production of ethanol in a taxable year beginning after 2014; and (5) a new employer tax credit for wages paid in a taxable year beginning after 2014. Repeals the voluntary remediation tax credit statute. (Under current law, tax credits may not be awarded for taxable years after 2007, and the carryforward period has expired.) Repeals the energy savings tax credit. (Under current law, the tax credit may not be awarded for costs incurred after December 31, 2011, and may not be carried forward.) Establishes the commission on business personal property and business taxation to study certain issues during the 2014 legislative interim. Requires the commission on state tax and financing policy to study income tax deductions and exemptions during the 2014 and 2015 legislative interims.",
            "created": null,
            "updated": null,
            "enrolled": null,
            "introduced": null,
            "filed": "2014-01-13T12:26:05",
            "printed": null,
            "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001/versions/sb0001.01.intr"
        }
    ],
    "actions": {
        "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001/actions"
    },
    "revno": 86621
}

View all bills in 2014 that refer to beer in their digest.

curl -i \
     -X GET \
     -H "Accept: application/vnd.myiga.v1+json" \
     -H "Authorization: Token my4pp1c4t10nt0k3n" \
     https://api.iga.in.gov/2014/bills?q=beer
{
    "availableFilters": [
        "q",
        "type"
    ],
    "appliedFilters": {
        "q": "beer"
    },
    "itemCount": 7,
    "items": [
        {
            "billName": "HB1322",
            "originChamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/house",
                "name": "House"
            },
            "type": "BILL",
            "link": "/2014/bills/hb1322"
        },
        {
            "billName": "HB1386",
            "originChamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/house",
                "name": "House"
            },
            "type": "BILL",
            "link": "/2014/bills/hb1386"
        },
        {
            "billName": "SB0005",
            "originChamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "type": "BILL",
            "link": "/2014/bills/sb0005"
        },
        {
            "billName": "SB0016",
            "originChamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "type": "BILL",
            "link": "/2014/bills/sb0016"
        },
        {
            "billName": "SB0149",
            "originChamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "type": "BILL",
            "link": "/2014/bills/sb0149"
        },
        {
            "billName": "SB0168",
            "originChamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "type": "BILL",
            "link": "/2014/bills/sb0168"
        },
        {
            "billName": "SB0415",
            "originChamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "type": "BILL",
            "link": "/2014/bills/sb0415"
        }
    ],
    "revno": 86621
}

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