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April 5, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Walk in my Shoes

This past weekend, West Coast rapper Nipsey Hussle (“Walk in my shoes,” “Dedication”) was slain in Los Angeles as he prepared for a meeting with LAPD officials the next day exploring ways to ease gang violence in LA.  A promising talent, seeking reconciliation, snuffed out by senseless violence…a somber story…

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April 2, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Statement on Bias Crimes Concurrence Vote

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., April 2, 2019) Indy Chamber President & CEO, Michael Huber offered the following statement on behalf of the Indiana Competes coalition regarding today’s Indiana Senate concurrence vote on SB198, sending the bill to Governor Holcomb after it was amended last week to become the General Assembly’s surviving bias crimes proposal:“With…

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March 29, 2019 Joe Pellman

Legislative Update: Where Do We Go?

Legislative developments this week leave us in a contemplative mood, befitting one of the more cerebral artists in the game, Talib Kweli.  The Senate hasn’t unveiled its version of the budget (likely waiting for April 5 revenue projections), and Ways & Means is still holding onto bills like…

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March 25, 2019 Joe Pellman

Indiana Forward & Indiana Competes Respond to Bias Crimes Amendment Approved Today (Senate Bill 198)

The following statement may be attributed to Mindi Goodpaster, VP of Public Policy, United Way of Central Indiana and Mark Fisher, Chief Policy Officer, Indy Chamber, on behalf of the Indiana Forward campaign and Indiana Competes coalition. While the action taken today by the Indiana House of Representatives continues the…

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March 22, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Pass the Mic

The last couple of weeks in the General Assembly have featured hours…and hours…of committee hearings on topics like downtown development (SB7) and economic development (SB563), on to marathon hearings on gaming issues (SB552) and municipal powers earlier this week. There’s been lots of passing the…

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March 15, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Change the Game

Rapper and part-time NBA team owner Jay-Z helps us title this week’s update, as a high-profile hearing on SB7 generated plenty of attention.  The bill would change the game for Indy’s sports and hospitality sector, expanding our convention capacity while keeping the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – and kicking in…

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March 8, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Keep Their Heads Ringin’

We had to bring out the big guns – the one-and-only D-R-E – to headline this week’s update.  We’re at a turning point, a gut check about what we mean when we say ‘Hoosier values.’  It’s time to bring the noise. We all know that Indiana is one of just five states…

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March 7, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

The nation’s leading civil rights organizations to Indiana legislators: No list, no law

Thirty of America’s most prominent civil rights advocacy organizations rebuke Indiana’s current bias crimes bill as “weak,” “vague” and “unacceptable” INDIANA, March 7, 2019 – Thirty of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations — including the Anti-Defamation League, the Human Rights campaign, the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center…

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March 1, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Top CEOs urge key lawmakers to overhaul bias-crimes legislation

More than 20 CEOs from some of the biggest companies in Indiana sent a letter to top Republican lawmakers Wednesday urging them to restore a list of victim characteristics in bias-crimes legislation being considered by the Indiana General Assembly. The Indiana Senate passed a bias crimes bill earlier this…

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March 1, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Gov. Holcomb plans public appeal on Indiana hate crimes law

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday he will try to build public support for a hate crimes law, a week after the Republican-dominated state Senate stripped out a list of specific protected traits he had supported to get Indiana off a list of five states without…

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