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March 1, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Indiana CEOs Support Enumerated Bias Crimes Legislation

February 27, 2019 Dear Speaker Bosma, Senate President Bray and Representative Steuerwald: We want to bring your attention to an issue that is vital to the Hoosier business community: passing a comprehensive bias crimes law with enumerated classes. Unfortunately, SB 12 as passed by the Senate last week is void…

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March 1, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Survive and Advance

It’s March 1st, and for Hoosier hoops fans that means we’re within shouting distance of the NCAA tournament…and it provides a useful metaphor for our strategy at the Statehouse (no, not ‘March Madness’ – yet). The coaches’ mantra for tournament play is “survive and advance” – get the win, even if…

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February 22, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Take it to the House!

So…not much to report this week from the Statehouse.  See you next Friday. Sometimes humor can take some of the sting out of a bitter disappointment, but there’s only one way to fix the bias crimes debacle on the Senate floor:  Hope rests with the House, where Speaker Bosma (R-Indianapolis)…

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February 19, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Indy Chamber Releases Statement on Bias Crimes Reversal in Indiana Senate

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., February 19, 2019) The Indy Chamber issued the following statement after the Indiana Senate acted today to remove enumerated, personal characteristics and law enforcement training from SB12, which had been a comprehensive and effective proposal to protect Hoosiers from bias-motivated crimes that passed the Senate Public Policy Committee…

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February 15, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Shake them haters off!

We can start this update with good news – a strong bias crimes bill will finally get a fair shake in the Indiana Senate.  The Senate Public Policy Committee will hear SB12 (by Senators Bohnacek & Alting) next Monday at 8am, just before February 21st deadline for committee action.  Governor Holcomb’s strong stand helped…

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February 8, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Small Starts

(BIGGIE) SMALL(S) STARTS This week’s title is a shout-out to all you transit nerds out there – it’s a big week for us.  Indy’s first bus rapid transit route, the Red Line (which received critical early funding from the competitive federal Small Starts grant program) is moving forward faster…

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February 1, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Greater Bloomington Chamber, City of Bloomington, and Monroe County Will Vote to Sign Joint Letter in Support of Hate Crimes Legislation

Bloomington, IN – January 29, 2019 – The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, along with Mayor John Hamilton, the Bloomington City Council, and the Monroe County Commissioners are signatories on a letter to Senator Rodrick Bray in favor of the passage of an inclusive hate crime bill this legislative…

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February 1, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Poll: Majority of Hoosiers support hate crime law

INDIANAPOLIS – A new statewide poll shows Hoosiers overwhelmingly support a hate crime law, the Indiana Chamber says. The Indiana Chamber released Tuesday the results of a poll that shows support for a hate crime law in the State of Indiana. The poll showed 84 percent of Democrats, 75 percent…

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February 1, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Poll shows most Hoosiers support cigarette tax increase, bias crimes law

A new statewide poll shows most Hoosiers support an increase in cigarette taxes and a meaningful bias crimes law. Smoking proposals The two policy proposals are the leading priorities for the Indiana Chamber in 2019. The Chamber advocates increasing the cigarette tax by $2 a pack and raising the legal…

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February 1, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Cold Shoulder

Starting off with a weather reference may be really predictable, but it’s pretty amazing that Indianapolis is in the midst of a ninety-degree swing from subzero temperatures to spring-like conditions. We need the same kind of thaw in legislative attitudes on public health and protecting Hoosiers from hate – because at…

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