The Indiana Senate passed a series of bills Tuesday that set a deadline for passage of legislation from the Senate.
Senate Bill 139would create a way to fund psilocybin research and Senate Bill 253Both bills, which would require the installation of safety equipment along Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline, received unanimous approval from the agency.
SB 139 author Sen. “This bill provides hope to many people who are hopeless today,” Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, said of the bill he introduced after chairing an ad hoc study committee that heard expert testimony about the ability of psilocybin. to treat a variety of mental health and neurological conditions.
SB 243, authored by Sen. Rodney Pol, D-Chesterton, is making its second trip through the legislature after being passed by the Senate to die in the House in 2023. The bill mirrors the Lake Michigan Rescue Equipment Act passed in 2022. Illinois, which requires rescue equipment to be placed on beaches and piers, requires warning signs in areas with high cases and sets guidelines for reporting drowning deaths.
The Senate also introduced Senate Bill 70, which would establish a state commission tasked with reviewing potential bail reform measures and making recommendations to state officials. The bill, authored by Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, would, among other things, require the commission to review data on bail reform’s relationship to violent crime and recidivism and the effectiveness of pretrial release measures in ensuring defendants appear for court dates. The 16-member commission, which includes representatives from the governor’s office, the Indiana Department of Corrections and the Indiana Public Defenders Council, will issue an annual report on its findings until it ends in 2026.
Two broader bail reform bills introduced in the Indiana House of Representatives this year were not heard in committee. The bills, introduced by Reps. Vernon Smith and Ragen Hatcher, both of Gary, would eliminate cash bail in most cases. The legislation would echo a similar law passed in Illinois last year, which became the first law in the country to eliminate cash bail.
All bills submitted to the Senate in the 2024 legislative period and not sent to the Parliament will not become law this year, but it is possible that some measures can be brought back to the agenda as changes to the existing legislation. So far, this year’s dead Senate bills include one written by Democrats. Carrying firearms in polling places is prohibited and three separate initiatives to legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use.
A. bill written by GOP A bill that would have banned free or discounted rides on public transportation on election days, which drew criticism from county leaders and voting rights advocates, also died in the Senate.