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Significant Progress for Indiana’s Ability to Attract the Best

By Adam H. Berry, vice president of economic development and technology * PDF version available for printing * Indiana Chamber priorities in economic development and technology received a boost during the 2019 legislative session. In particular, progress was made in the areas of talent, place, capital and innovation. Talent: Hate Crimes Bill Bolsters Hoosier Hospitality Senate Bill 198 makes [...]

2019-05-15T10:47:25-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Chamber Scores Many Victories for Members; Legislators Fail Completely on One Front

By Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO * PDF version available for printing * As you read this 2019 Final Legislative Report, you will find a myriad of substantive victories recorded by the Indiana Chamber’s advocacy team in every key issue area but one. Despite continued public and private pressure, legislators again ignored common sense smoking reforms despite evidence of [...]

2019-05-15T10:45:48-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Pressure Now on ADL to Properly Recognize State’s New Hate Crimes Law

Indiana is officially the 46th state with a hate crimes statute! On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed SB 198 into law. The previous day, the Senate concurred on the House-amended measure 34-14. While language in the bill (see bolded text) isn’t as delineated as we originally advocated for, it’s still a very meaningful hate crimes bill. It is [...]

2019-04-05T15:38:45-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Hate Crimes Bill Signed by Governor; Pressure Now on ADL to Properly Recognize State’s Actions

Indiana is officially the 46th state with a hate crimes statute! On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed SB 198 into law. The previous day, the Senate concurred on the House-amended measure 34-14. While language in the bill (see bolded text) isn’t as delineated as we originally advocated for, it’s still a very meaningful hate crimes bill. It is [...]

2019-04-05T13:49:37-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Indiana Chamber Comments on Final Passage of Bias Crimes Bill 

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar on the final passage of Senate Bill 198 containing hate crimes language: “The bias crimes legislation heading to the Governor is a big step in the right direction. Though the list is not as comprehensive as we had advocated for, what the Legislature has passed is still a meaningful hate crimes [...]

2019-04-02T17:04:54-04:00April 2nd, 2019|

New Hate Crimes Bill an Improvement; Chamber Urges Passage Next Week

The state’s hate crimes legislation is one successful concurrence vote away from making it to the Governor’s desk. That Senate vote is expected early next week. The Indiana Chamber, which has made enacting a meaningful bias crimes bill a priority, is encouraging the Senate to pass the measure. To recap, Senate Bill 12 is not the vehicle for the [...]

2019-04-04T16:52:28-04:00March 29th, 2019|

Take Action Now to Support Passage of a Strong Bias Crimes Law

Indiana companies are in an intense battle for talent as they struggle to find enough skilled workers. That’s why it’s so critical for the state to remove any real or perceived mark against it. We simply can’t fill all the jobs and expand business by relying on Hoosiers alone. Indiana must be seen as a welcoming place. Not having [...]

2019-03-08T12:33:54-04:00March 8th, 2019|

Senate Majority Fails to Follow Will of Voters, Passes Generic Bias Crimes Bill

Senate Bill 12  – Sentencing and Bias Crimes Authored by Sen. Mike Bohacek (R-Michigan City) and Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) As amended, says the court may consider bias in imposing a criminal sentence. The Latest: Approved by the Senate Public Policy Committee 9-1 on Monday. On second reading on Tuesday, the list of protected categories was removed via a Senate [...]

2019-02-22T12:37:25-04:00February 22nd, 2019|

Chamber on Senate Passage of Generic Bias Crimes Bill

(INDIANAPOLIS) — President and CEO Kevin Brinegar says the Indiana Chamber of Commerce is deeply disappointed with the actions taken by the Republican majority in removing the categories of victims protected by the bias crimes legislation (Senate Bill 12): “Unfortunately, what passed the Senate today does not meet the all-important criteria of a meaningful bias crimes law. The Indiana Chamber [...]

2019-02-21T16:23:00-04:00February 21st, 2019|

Indiana Chamber Comments at State Bias Crimes Hearing

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar offered the following remarks today before the Indiana Senate Public Policy Committee, which was hearing bias crimes legislation, Senate Bill 12. The Indiana Chamber is a strong supporter of the state Legislature passing a bias/hate crimes bill and has made it a priority. Brinegar’s remarks: “First and foremost, we [...]

2019-02-18T09:59:11-04:00February 18th, 2019|