INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, the Senate’s Local Government Committee passed Senate Bill (SB) 285, which pertains to protests occurring in cities and towns. State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) voiced her concerns related to the measure.

“I am pleased that the committee amended the bill to remove the controversial content found in the original version of the legislation. This is in large part due to the pressure put on legislators by concerned and active citizens throughout the state.

“I don’t think this bill was proposed with malicious intent. However, people were appalled at the scope of the original language.

“After consultation with law enforcement, it appears as if the only change this bill makes is that it now changes one law regarding traffic offenses.”


Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County as well as portions of Michigan, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen. Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit


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