INDIANAPOLIS– State Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) is introducing multiple proposals in the upcoming session, one of which will raise the minimum wage for Indiana workers and another would allow for no-excuse absentee voting.

Minimum Wage

With the turning of the New Year, workers in Midwestern states, such as Michigan and Ohio, are seeing minimum wage increases due to their legislatures taking action on behalf of workers. Sen. Mrvan wants to see Indiana follow in their footsteps to ensure citizens are fairly compensated for their hard work.

“This is no longer an issue of teenagers working part-time jobs,” Sen. Mrvan said. “Despite statewide manufacturing losses Hoosiers are still working hard, often in minimum wage jobs. To make sure they can provide for their families, legislators should ensure that their wages reflect these work efforts.”

Senate Bill (SB) 121 would see minimum wage increase from $7.25 an hour to $10 an hour after June 30, 2019. Following two more years of incremental increases, the state minimum wage would be $15 an hour by June 30, 2021, and would subsequently increase each following year in accordance with inflation.

No-excuse absentee voting

According to current law, Indiana voters wishing to vote by mail must meet at least one item on a list of 11 requirements. This list includes situations such as having a disability, lacking transportation to the polls, or working during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open. SB 250 seeks to eliminate these requirements, allowing any qualified Indiana voter to cast a ballot in this manner should they choose to do so. This is an effort to increase access to voting and provide more Hoosiers the opportunity to have their voices heard.

Committee assignments

Sen. Mrvan will be representing constituents of his district as the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee as well as the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee. Sen. Mrvan will also serve on the following committees: Education and Career Development, Health and Provider Services, Homeland Security and Transportation, Natural Resources and Veterans Affairs and the Military.