Aimee’s Hoosier Hospitality Agenda:
- Pass 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.
- Close the gender pay gap.
- Offer assistance and justice to victims of sexual assault.
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 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, nor gender identity.
Indiana ranks forty-ninth out the fifty states and the District of Columbia for the gender pay gap With Hoosier women, on average, only making seventy-four cents compared to a man’s dollar. There are many things we need to do to make sure women have the same freedoms that men do. I would propose a new law mandating gender pay transparency.
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.