Indiana can attract and retain business opportunities by increasing our state’s reputation for hospitality, diversity, and freedom from discrimination with common sense legislation like:
- A clear, specific and inclusive hate crimes law that allows judges to enhance criminal sentences when the crime was motivated by bias toward a victim’s
characteristics that include: race; ethnicity; religion; national origin; sex; disability; gender identity; and sexual orientation.
A comprehensive bias crimes bill was supposed to be one of Governor Holcomb’s priorities for the 2019 general assembly. After several drafts and amendments that started with SB 12, Indiana’s hate crimes bill became SB 198 with an abbreviated list of protections. This list did not include age, sex, gender or gender identity
- Closing the gender pay gap.
Indiana ranks 49th out the 50 states and the District of Columbia for the gender pay gap With Hoosier women, on average, only making 74 cents tor a man’s dollar. There are many things we need to do to make sure women have the same freedoms that men do. I‘d like to propose a new law mandating gender pay transparency.
- Offering assistance and justice to victims of sexual assault.
Law entrancement is underfunded when it comes to processing rape kits, this is not acceptable. Also, Indiana has rape shield laws, but they are not strong enough. We also need to expand our victim advocate program to be able to effectively advocate for victims and help them through the difficult litigation process.