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March 13, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

The E.N.D.

To say it’s been an eventful week would be…a bit of an understatement.  But sticking to the Statehouse, the 2020 session of the General Assembly came to an end late on Wednesday.  (The title of the 2009 Black-Eyed Peas album is an acronym for ‘Energy Never Dies’ –…

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March 6, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

Fight the Power!

This penultimate week of the 2020 session was also sad week for hip-hop fans, as the legendary Public Enemy parted ways with founding member Flavor Flav over political differences (specifically, participation in a pre-Super Tuesday Bernie Sanders rally). It’s a reminder that politics is personal, and can affect our lives…

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February 28, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

Hit ’em up!

We start this update with bad news from the Indiana Senate – a last-minute beef against better transit. Late Thursday afternoon, HB1279 was amended to reverse the will of Marion County voters and obstruct progress on mass transit by redirecting local tax revenues from their rightful purpose.  The original bill allows…

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February 21, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

Hold Up, Wait a Minute

There’s a phrase you’ve probably noticed time and time again throughout these updates – that a bill was “heard and held” in committee.  Proposals routinely receive an initial committee hearing without a vote, instead being held for further discussion and (perhaps) later action. Sometimes legislation is complex or significant enough…

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February 14, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

One more chance…

One more chance… For this Valentine’s Day edition of your Indy Chamber advocacy update, an old-school ballad from Biggie and Faith Evans that also describes the state of play in the General Assembly: With the second half of the session underway, we’ve got one more chance to influence the direction…

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February 7, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

You can plan a pretty picnic…

This week was about survival for plenty of legislative proposals as third reading deadlines marked halftime for the session. Now it’s time to head into the homestretch of this short session, planning a second-half strategy to push key elements of our agenda across the finish line – enjoying strong momentum…

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January 31, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

It’s Tricky

We’ve mentioned before that the pace of the ten-week short session can feel more like a sprint than a marathon, so Run DMC is a perfect reference for this turning point in the legislative schedule (and did you see that Grammy’s performance?).  This week marked deadlines for committee action (passing…

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January 24, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

Putting In Work

It was a hectic week at the Statehouse, with a full schedule of committee hearings and action on hundreds of bills as halftime for the session looms ahead.  And we don’t expect the pace to slow down, with Tuesday being the final day for committee action and third reading deadlines…

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January 24, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

Indiana Organizations Support Legislation to Provide Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 24, 2020 Indiana Institute for Working Families Contact:  Erin Macey (emacey@incap.org), (317) 270-0874; March of Dimes Contact: Jeena Siela (JSiela@marchofdimes.org), (317) 285-0192 IndyChamber Contact: Tim Brown (tbrown@indychamber.com), (317) 464-2284 Indiana Organizations Support Legislation to Provide Reasonable Accommodations…

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January 17, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

You can get with this, or you can get with that

We reported last week that the 2020 session got off to a blazing start – but all the same, how can lawmakers expect to deal with the over 1,000 bills that have been filed in the House and Senate in just ten weeks? The answer is, they can’t. Many of…

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