public health orders House-Approved Bill Would Restrict Local Health Officials During Emergency By Brandon Smith • Apr 7, 2021 Justin Hicks / IPB News The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Indiana Republican lawmakers to change the way local health officials are allowed to do their jobs during a public emergency. Religious Organizations Shielded From Health Orders Under Bill Passed By House By Brandon Smith • Apr 7, 2021 Lauren Chapman / IPB News Religious organizations would be shielded from many health orders in future public emergencies under legislation approved by the House Tuesday. Lawmakers Approve Emergency Powers Bill, Set Up Showdown With Governor By Brandon Smith • Apr 6, 2021 Lauren Chapman / IPB News Legislation headed to the governor’s desk would allow lawmakers to call themselves into special session during a public emergency, like the COVID-19 pandemic. Worship Services Shielded From Future Emergency Orders Under Proposed Legislation By Brandon Smith • Mar 31, 2021 Justin Hicks / IPB News Neither the governor nor local officials could ever restrict worship services during a public emergency under a bill approved by a House panel Wednesday. Local Health Officials Restricted By Proposed Legislation By Brandon Smith • Mar 31, 2021 Justin Hicks / IPB News Local health officials could no longer impose restrictions that go further than the state’s during a public health emergency under legislation approved by a House committee Wednesday. Senate-Approved Bill Empowers Local Leaders To Overturn Health Officials' Actions By Brandon Smith • Feb 9, 2021 Lauren Chapman / IPB News Legislation approved by the Senate Monday would give more power to local city or county leaders to overturn the actions of local health officials.