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US (IN): Cannabis legalization one of the casualties of dead Senate bills

Just one in three of the Indiana Senate’s filed bills — about 160 of 489 total — survived do-or-die deadlines this week.

Among the casualties are some bills aimed at helping immigrants residing in Indiana without authorization, a collection of cannabis legalization proposals, and even one on craft hemp, plus changes to Airbnbs and seat belts in court.

The weeks ahead will be crammed with headlines on what’s moving forward, but just as significant are the proposed changes to state law that won’t come to fruition — for now. Any bill the full Senate didn’t approve by Tuesday is dead.

Meanwhile, just a quarter of House bills made that chamber’s deadlines.

Lawmakers could resurrect fallen proposals by inserting the language into live bills, but the majority are dead, at least until next year.


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