Lawmakers return to Statehouse ahead of 2023 legislative session

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana state lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse ahead of a new legislative session that starts in January. Lawmakers that were elected on November 8th were sworn in Tuesday.

This comes after Republicans were able to maintain a majority in the Legislature. Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray and House Speaker Todd Huston were re-elected as leaders.

Once the four-month-long 2023 session begins, lawmakers are expected to work on a new state budget.

Senate Democratic Leader Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) released the following statement on Senate Democratic Caucus priorities heading into the 2023 Budget Session:

“Hoosiers have lived under one-party Republican rule for over a decade. During that time, our education outcomes have declined. Our going-to-college rate has declined. The rate of high school and college students remaining in school and earning their degrees has declined.

“On the other hand, healthcare costs, housing and utility costs—the cost of food, gas, childcare—all have risen. All while our supermajority has remained opposed to increasing our minimum wage above the federal rate of $7.25.

“Poverty is rising and violent crime is up. Our jails are overcrowded. Good-paying jobs are in scarce supply. We have a shortage of doctors, nurses, counselors, teachers and so on.

“Under one-party Republican rule, our state and economy are crumbling. That’s why my caucus is heading into the Budget Session with the goal of promoting an economy that supports families, futures and freedoms in Indiana.