INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana General Assembly is underway and State Senator Jean D. Breaux (D-Indianapolis) has authored a number of initiatives to be considered that focus on equal pay in employment and satellite voting locations.

Equal pay in employment

Senate Bill (SB) 93 would provide that it is an unlawful employment practice to pay wages that discriminate based on sex, race, or national origin for the same or equivalent job.

“It is an archaic practice to pay someone less for equal work based solely on their sex, race, or national origin,” Sen. Breaux said. “Individuals with the same experience and work ethic should be paid equally.”

Additionally, the proposal would provide that the Indiana Civil Rights Commission has jurisdiction for the investigation and resolution of complaints of these employment actions.

Early Satellite Locations

SB 324 would require each county to offer at least one satellite voting location for qualified residents to vote by absentee ballot.

“Early voting widens participation in the electoral process and expands access to voting,” Sen. Breaux said. “We must provide all Hoosiers with strengthened opportunities to have their voices heard and their votes counted.”

The locations would be required to open for at least seven hours on the two Saturdays prior to Election Day.

Committee assignments

Sen. Breaux will represent her constituents by serving as the Ranking Minority Member on the Health and Provider Services Committee and the Local Government Committee. Sen. Breaux will also serve as a member on the following Senate Committees: Appropriations, Elections, Ethics, Family and Children Services, Joint Rules, Rules and Legislative Procedure, and Tax and Fiscal Policy.