When you voted for me, I promised to draft legislation that promoted what I call the 5 E’s: Equality, Education, Elections, Environment, and Economy. This legislative session, I worked extremely hard to fulfill that mission. Here are some bills that I authored to address the issues you care about:

Equality

Our schools, especially those receiving state money, should be havens of equality for Hoosiers. In an attempt to curb the increasing cases of private schools discriminating against their students, teachers or staff, I authored Senate Bill (SB) 344. In the past year, two counselors at Indianapolis’ Roncalli High School were removed from their work because of their same sex marriages. Roncalli High School received over $1.5 million last year in state voucher funds.

This proposal was never heard in committee.

Being able to at least recognize when you are exhibiting implicit bias is the first step towards promoting diversity and inclusion, which is why I authored SB 347. This proposal would have required every member of the General Assembly to complete a minimum of one hour training on implicit bias.

This proposal was never heard in committee.

Education

In recent years we have seen the mistreatment of several college students by for-profit institutions. When for-profit colleges seek to appease stakeholders by closing down branches when the institution isn’t making enough money, they do so at the expense of students. This is why I authored SB 345, to ensure that students who have their program discontinued, can be at least partially reimbursed for their lost funds. This proposal would have protected our college students.

This proposal was never heard in committee.

In states where pre-k programs exist for generations, academic achievement increases. Indiana is not even on the list of states with bona fide pre-k programs. When drafting legislation this session, my goal was to help younger students reach their full potential. Senate Bill 346 would have expanded the prekindergarten pilot program across the state.

This proposal was never heard in committee.

Elections

Every eligible Hoosier should have the ability to exercise their right to vote, and my SB 349 would have ensured the automatic access to that right. Upon obtaining or renewing a driver’s license, driver’s permit or identification card, my proposal would have allowed those state issued licenses to automatically register Hoosiers to vote. This would have been the most cost-effective way to guarantee everyone can exercise their right to vote!

This proposal was never heard in committee.

Environment  

Renewable resources produce energy that should be harnessed here in Indiana. This is why I authored SB 430, to repeal Senate Enrolled Act 309—a proposal that started the phase out of net metering . SB 430 would have placed the freedom to generate home-grown, clean solar power back in the hands of everyday Hoosiers.

This proposal was never heard in committee.

Economy

If a worker makes less than $15/hour at a job, he or she should have the freedom to leave for a better opportunity. With Senate Bill 348, I aimed to prevent employers from making their workers sign non-compete agreements. I believe it is important to not restrict the economic opportunities of our Hoosier workers.

This proposal was never heard in committee.

As you can see, I have been working hard to draft legislation that is in line with the ideas that fueled my campaign. Unfortunately, the Republican supermajority has not seen the significance of these proposals, but I will continue to work next session to accomplish my campaign promises.