The 2018 legislative session officially began this week and the Senate Democrats are working hard on the issues that matter most to Hoosiers.

On Wednesday, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) kicked off the session by addressing the Senate and calling for a legislative review of the Department of Child Services (DCS). Sen. Lanane sent a letter to President Long calling for an investigation into DCS funding after the abrupt departure of former DCS Director Mary Beth Bonaventura, who left her role a month ago citing Holcomb Administrative policies that put children at risk.

“We have a duty to know before we leave this session: Are the children of this state being adequately protected or not?” Sen. Lanane said.

Some key topics the Senate Democrats are focusing on this session include: redistricting, equal pay, providing Hoosiers with the option of a family leave insurance plan, providing undocumented immigrants with in-state tuition and easing the voting process by expanding access to voting locations, providing no-excuse absentee voting and allowing same-day voter registration.

Upcoming Dates

As you follow along this legislative session, here are some important dates to keep in mind:

  • Military and Veteran’s Legislative Day at the Statehouse: Tuesday, January 9
  • Governor Holcomb’s State of the State Address: Tuesday, January 9 at 7 p.m.
  • First Deadline for Committees to Hear Bills: Thursday, February 1
  • All Senate bills must be sent to the House and all House bills must be sent to the Senate: Tuesday, February 6
  • The last day for bills to be considered in the 2018 session: Wednesday, March 14.

Contact Your Legislator

Legislators make their best policymaking decisions when they hear from their constituents. There are several ways to interact with your elected official, and making contact is easy!

First, decide why you are making contact with your legislator. If you support or oppose a piece of legislation, know the bill number and which specific part(s) of the bill you support or oppose. Secondly, make sure that you know who to contact. If you are not sure who represents you in the Statehouse, find out here! Once you have that information you can call your elected official’s office, send them an email, write them a letter, or engage with them on social media.

If you are interested in receiving a response from your legislator on a specific topic, calling or mailing the office is the best way to ensure that your comments are addressed. Engaging with your elected officials is easy, and takes very little time, but is important to ensure your voice is heard those who represent you in Indianapolis.