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All Things Legislative: January Update

2019-01-16T14:56:35+00:00January 16th, 2019|

The Indiana Chamber’s Government Affairs team is busy working on behalf of our member companies, the business community, and employers and employees around the state through their efforts at the Indiana Statehouse.

As the legislative session is in full swing, we want to make you aware of a few relevant updates and resources that can come in handy for those watching what’s happening at the Statehouse.

The first is our reaction to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s annual State of the State address from last night. Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar provides commentary on the Governor’s speech:

“We’re encouraged – as many Hoosiers are* – by the continued forward-looking approach taken by Gov. Holcomb and his administration. Investments to grow and attract Indiana’s current and future workers are required to allow our state to achieve at the highest levels.”

“An unfortunate omission, however, is the absence of support for improving the health of our citizens by embracing the agenda to reduce smoking (Indiana now ranks 44th among the 50 states in its percentage of smokers). Hoosiers strongly back a cigarette tax hike and increasing the smoking age to 21, as well as addressing the growing vaping crisis among teens.

“In regard to the bias crimes issue, we are pleased to see the Governor continue to emphasize its importance. It is imperative this year to find a way to remove Indiana from the short list of states without a bias crimes law.”

(*A December 2018 survey of 600 statewide registered/likely voters on behalf of the Indiana Chamber’s nonpartisan political action committee found 61% approval (19% disapprove and 20% undecided) for the job Gov. Holcomb is doing. Support was across party lines: 72%, Republicans; 57%, independents; and 54%, Democrats.)

On two other fronts, keep an eye on your email for a more frequent Indiana Chamber Legislative Reports. Previous weekly wrap-ups on Fridays are now supplemented with timely updates on key developments throughout the week.

Our online Policy Center is another handy resource for staying up-to-date and includes the Indiana Chamber’s 2019 Legislative Priorities and much more.

Additionally, the 2019 Legislative Directory is here! Any preorders placed for the handbook have been processed and are on their way. For new purchases, we have booklets at our office at 115 W. Washington Street, Suite 850S and are taking orders for small and large quantities (bulk pricing is available) of the handbook and app. The app is available online and updated in real-time throughout the session. Find complete details about pricing and ordering at www.indianachamber.com/directory, or call Nick at (317) 264-6885.

Charlee Beasor is the communications & PR manager for the Indiana Chamber. She is also a writer for the Chamber’s award-winning BizVoice magazine and has been with the organization for eight years.