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January 16, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Hate crimes law advocates not fond of bill that doesn’t specify protected classes

About a dozen Indiana lawmakers and several community and business leaders affiliated with a coalition that is advocating for a state hate crimes law to be passed this year made it clear Tuesday afternoon that they think protected classes need to be spelled out in the bills considered by the…

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January 11, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Filling in the Blanks

This week, House Republicans unveiled their 2019 priorities (closely aligned with the Senate GOP’s announcement last week) and the State Budget Agency released details of Governor Holcomb’s budget plan, building on his ‘Next Level’ legislative agenda with modest increases in K-12 (thanks to good news on revenues and lower-than-expected Medicaid…

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January 4, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Let the Paper Chase Begin

The General Assembly convened this week with a quickly expanding list of bills, but a singular constitutional job – passing a two-year state budget. The state revenue forecast predicts growing tax collections over the next biennium, more than $800 million gained in 2020 and ’21 – but as any ‘90s…

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January 3, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Indiana lawmakers facing tight budget, hate crimes debate

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers could struggle to give more than minimal funding increases to public schools in the new state budget that will emerge from this year’s legislative session. Members of the General Assembly will return Thursday to the Statehouse in Indianapolis for a session expected to last until…

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January 3, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

How one Indiana lawmaker fought for Ryan White then. And stands for what’s right now.

Tony Cook had to make a decision. Would he stand against ignorance and fear? Would he choose to endure the insults that come with pushing back against hatred? Would he welcome a child who’d been shunned by another community? It was April 1987 when Cook, principal of Hamilton Heights High…

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December 28, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Business Community Clarifying Impact over lack of Bias Crimes Protection

The business community is now clarifying the overarching impact that a lack of bias protections for all is having on the Hoosier state. KSM Leaders weigh in on 2018 economic wins and losses Original story: http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/39702466/ksm-leaders-weigh-in-on-2018-wins-losses Top leaders with Indianapolis-based KSM Location Advisors say 2018 saw some big economic…

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December 12, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Indy Chamber Elects 2019 Board Leadership, Endorses Legislative Priorities

Elements Financial’s Lisa Schlehuber will chair Indy’s largest business group as it pushes progress on bias crimes, redevelopment tools, cigarette taxes & more INDIANAPOLIS, December 12, 2018: The Indy Chamber held its annual membership meeting today, electing its 2019 volunteer leadership and approving an ambitious legislative agenda for next…

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December 10, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Gov. Holcomb wants hate-crimes bill to include gender identity

This article is an example of the need for strong and unambiguous bias crimes legislation. To join our efforts to support this change, visit http://indychamber.com/advocacy/bias-crimes/.   Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s agenda for the 2019 legislative session includes a big focus on workforce development, growing the economy and improving public health.

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November 30, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Need for hate crime law in Indiana is gaining traction, prosecutor says

This article is an example of the need for strong and unambiguous bias crimes legislation. To join our efforts to support this change, visit http://indychamber.com/advocacy/bias-crimes/.   ANDERSON — A confrontation between two city employees and an Anderson resident last year quickly spiraled into what authorities are calling…

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November 16, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Stakeholder Update: Statehouse Smoke Signals

The 2018 election is in the books, and it was a good day for business advocates: As we reported last week, all Indy Chamber-endorsed legislative candidates earned victories, including challenger J.D. Ford in Senate District 29; Indianapolis Public Schools referenda won overwhelming support for safer schools and higher salaries for…

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