Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement regarding the introduction of Senate Bill 344.

“Hoosiers expect lawmakers to act and ensure Indiana is open for business and open to all.

“From the onset, our caucus has maintained that only the simplest, strongest message will accomplish what is needed.

“To restore Indiana’s reputation as a welcoming state, that message must expressly outlaw discrimination.

“You cannot compromise on equal rights. Just a little bit of discrimination, as proposed in Senate Bill 100, will not suffice. Allowing even more discrimination, as SB344 permits, is derailing the conversation on equal rights.

“Hoosiers are watching. The nation and the world are watching. Our path forward must extend equal protections to all Hoosiers. It really is that easy.”