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What is the Indiana General Assembly?

Indiana’s state legislature is made up of a 100-member House of Representatives and a 50-member Senate; together, the House and Senate are known as the General Assembly. These individuals are responsible for enacting laws that cover a wide range of topics including infrastructure, education, environment, criminal matters, public health and other important topics impacting daily life for Indiana residents.

Where does the Indiana General Assembly meet?

The Indiana House and Senate each have their own chambers on the third floor of the Statehouse, which is located at 200 W. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis. Various legislative committee rooms are located on other floors throughout the capitol building.

When does the Indiana General Assembly meet?

The Indiana General Assembly meets for four months in odd-numbered years and two-and-a-half months in even-numbered years. Legislative sessions begin in early January.

How are members of the Indiana General Assembly chosen?

The 150 members of the General Assembly are elected by the citizens of their home district. Every two years, all 100 representatives are elected to serve a two-year term. Senators are elected to four-year terms; these terms are staggered so only half of the 50 senators are elected every two years.

What are the qualifications required of Indiana’s state legislators?

In order to hold a seat in the General Assembly, a person must meet certain qualifications. You must be:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A resident of Indiana for at least two years;
  • A resident of your legislative district for at least one year;
  • At least 21 years of age to serve in the House; or
  • At least 25 years of age to serve in the Senate.
How do I find out who represents me in the Indiana General Assembly?

The easiest way to learn who your state representative and state senator are is to visit the Find My Representative tool on the Indiana General Assembly website. The site will also list those who represent you in the U.S. Congress.

How do I contact my Indiana state legislators?

Each legislator’s website will provide contact information, including email addresses, phone numbers, and mailing addresses. Find your representative.  

What is the Indiana House of Representatives’ mailing address?

Postal mail can be addressed to the Indiana House of Representatives, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Where can I watch the Indiana General Assembly online?

Nearly all meetings of the full Senate and House of Representatives—as well as their respective standing committees—are streamed live online. Links to these streams are centrally located on the Indiana General Assembly website. You can also click the ‘Watch Session Live’ button located in the right-hand corner of the IHDC homepage.

Can I personally testify about legislation before the Indiana General Assembly?

Standing committees are the workhorses of the Indiana House and Senate. During these sessions, the majority of the policy is developed and discussed among legislators. Generally speaking, members of the public are welcome to testify before these committees on the bills they are hearing. The chair of each committee will normally set forth any specific rules governing testimony.

Where can I learn about the status of a particular piece of legislation?

A list of bills introduced during the current or most recent session of the Indiana General Assembly can be obtained by visiting the Indiana General Assembly website and clicking on the “Legislation” tab.

How do I find out how my legislators voted on a certain bill?

Among the details available for each piece of legislation listed on the Indiana General Assembly website is a list of the roll call votes taken as each bill moves through the legislative process.

How does a bill become a law in Indiana?

While some proposals certainly travel a unique path, nearly all laws enacted in Indiana follow the same general procedure once they are introduced at the State Legislature in Indianapolis.

This procedure includes endorsement votes in at least two legislative committees and positive votes in both the 50-member Senate as well as the 100-member House of Representatives. Finally, the governor also plays a role in a bill’s final enactment by signing, or sometimes not signing, it into law.

View our one-page summary of “How a Bill Becomes a Law.”

What other types of legislative information can I obtain online?

A great deal of information is available on the Indiana General Assembly website, including:

  • Convening times for the Indiana House and Senate;
  • Meeting times and locations for the standing committees of the Indiana General Assembly;
  • Indiana’s current state laws; and
  • Links to download many publications related to the legislature.
Is it possible to watch the Indiana General Assembly in person?

Yes. Two viewing galleries accessible via the fourth floor of the Statehouse provide public access to the House and Senate chambers. Seating is generally provided on a first-come, first-served basis. On rare occasions, these galleries are filled to capacity. Please note, the galleries are sometimes not open to the public during special circumstances such as the governor’s annual State of the State address.

What do I need to know before I visit the Indiana Statehouse?

No weapons of any kind are permitted to be carried by the public into the Statehouse. Visitors are required to enter the building at designated public entrances on the east, south and west sides of the building. The ground-level entrance on the west side of the building is a designated entry point for the physically challenged. A small “snack shop” is located on the first floor of the Statehouse.

Where should I park?

Metered parking spots are located along the streets surrounding the Statehouse. For information on how to use ParkIndy’s on street meters, visit parkindy.net.  

Are individual and group tours of the Statehouse available?

Guided tours of the historic Indiana Statehouse are available at no charge through the Statehouse Tour Office located in the north atrium on the second floor of the building. For more information, call the tour office at (317) 233-5293 or visit www.in.gov/idoa/2430.htm.