INDIANAPOLIS— State Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) has authored multiple bills this session that seek to protect and advance the lives of Hoosiers.

Sexual violence prevention
Senate Bill (SB) 260 would require post-secondary institutions to establish a comprehensive policy concerning preventing and responding to sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking. As sexual violence and harassment continue to plague college and university campuses, it is more important than ever to ensure our universities are raising awareness among students about prevention and where victims can go for help.

“In order to prevent things like sexual violence and stalking, institutions of higher education must have guidelines in place regarding behavior that won’t be tolerated. Policies must be clear, include a clear path for victims to report and ensure universities take proper action when complaints are filed,” Sen. Mrvan said.

Excuse free absentee voting
SB 261 would permit voters to vote by mail with no reason necessary. Indiana currently requires voters wishing to vote by mail to meet at least one of 11 requirements, such as having a disability, lacking transportation to the polls or working during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.

“Voting should be as easy as possible, and Hoosiers should have access to this convenient way of voting just like Americans in 27 other states and Washington, D.C.,” Sen. Mrvan said.

Hoosier wages
Women in Indiana make only 71 cents for every dollar that men make. That’s the 2nd largest wage gap in the nation. SB 259 would make it unlawful for an employer to pay wages that discriminate based on sex for substantially similar work.

“Senate Democrats, including myself, have filed a version of this bill for over five years now. It’s time members of the Indiana General Assembly take issues of pay discrimination seriously, and ensure those who do the same work are paid the same,” Sen. Mrvan said.

Raising the age to purchase assault weapons
SB 263 would raise the age for purchasing an assault weapon to the age of 21. It also holds dealers accountable when they knowingly distribute an assault weapon to a person under 21.