Legislative FAQs

How do I voice my opinion?

1.  Senators can be emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Where the _ represents the district the Senator is from.  If you do not know this information, go to the FAQ on this web site and look under the Legislature FAQs.  Then follow the tab for "Who is your legislator?".  There are a total of 50 Senators so the email addresses span from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

2.  Representatives can be emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Where the _ represents the district the Representative is from.  If you do not know this information, go to the FAQ on this web site and look under the Legislature FAQs.  Then follow the tab for "Who is your legislator?".   There are a total of 100 Representatives so the email addresses span from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

3.  Phone numbers and traditional addresses can be found at the legislators' homepage.  There is a wealth of information on their homepage including views, past accomplishments and surveys.  This is also a good place to start your research for the upcoming elections.

 

Senators homepages can be found at www.in.gov/S_/ .  Where the _ represents the district the Senator is from.

 

Representatives homepage can be found at www.in.gov/R_/.  Where the _ represents the district the Representatvie is from.

 

How can I track a Bill?

 http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/

This link lets you put in a bill number and find out all there is to know about it.  In addition, the Indiana General Assembly Web site has the information you need to learn more about the democratic process and participate in state government. Through www.legislative.IN.gov , you can watch or listen to General Assembly sessions, obtain legislator contact information, check session calendars, search bills and resolutions, research Indiana laws and administrative rules and more!

Because of its wealth of online services and information, the Indiana General Assembly Web site continues to receive acclaim from industry experts and its citizen and business users. In 2003, the site was recognized by the Center for Digital Government as one of the country’s best legislative Web sites. Furthermore, the site continues to be one of the most frequently visited accessIndiana Web sites, receiving more than 26 million accesses in 2004.

How a bill becomes law

This infromation is copied from the Indiana General Assembly web site.  The address is http://www.in.gov/legislative/about/bill.html

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Constitutional Requirements


Introduction
"The style of every law shall be: "Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana"; and no law shall be enacted, except by bill. Bills may originate in either House, but may be amended or rejected in the other; except that bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives" Art. 4. Sec. 1; Art. 4, Sec. 17

Consideration
"Every bill shall be read, by title, on three several days, in each House; unless, in case of emergency, two-thirds of the House where such bill may be pending shall, by a vote of yeas and nays, deem it expedient to dispense with this rule; but the reading of a bill, by title, on its final passage, shall, in no case, be dispensed with; and the vote on the passage of every bill or joint resolution shall be taken by yeas and nays" Art. 4. Sec. 18

Passage
"A majority of all the members elected to each House, shall be necessary to pass every bill or joint resolution; and all bills and joint resolutions so passed, shall be signed by the Presiding Officers of the respective Houses" Art. 4, Sec. 25

Presentment
"Every bill which shall have passed the General Assembly shall be presented to the Governor" Art. 5, Sec. 14

Filing
"Every bill presented to the Governor which is signed by him or on which he fails to act within said seven days after presentment shall be filed with the Secretary of State within ten days of presentmentàIn the event a bill is passed over the Governor's veto, such bill shall be filed with the Secretary of State without further presentment to the Governor" Art. 5, Sec. 17

Circulation
"No act shall take effect, until the same shall have been published and circulated in the several counties of the State, by authority, except in case of emergency, which emergency shall be declared in the preamble, or in the body, of the law" Art. 5, Sec. 17

Who is your Legislator?

This link is an excellent way to find all your legislators. 

http://district.iga.in.gov/DistrictLookup