Women4Change Legislative Wrap-Up: 2019 Indiana General Assembly Session

The Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die at 11:10 PM on Wednesday, April 24th after addressing numerous high-profile issues in the last 48 hours of the 2019 legislative session.  Lawmakers were able to strike compromises on issues including the state budget, gaming, education, Department of Child Services reform, and school safety.

Overall, 710 bills were introduced in the House of Representatives, with 163 making their way to Governor Eric Holcomb for his consideration and potential signature into law. In the Senate, 134 of 639 bills survived the legislative process.

During this session, Women4Change fought for legislation that would benefit all Hoosiers. Our priorities for this session are below and we have included whether a bill has been signed into law, sent to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law or vetoed, or dead. We are going to grow from this year and return in 2020 with fire in our belly to let our lawmakers know that Hoosier women want positive change for Indiana.


Nonconsensual Pornography

Nonconsensual pornography, more commonly referred to as “revenge porn,” violates victims’ privacy and leads to a loss of reputation that can result in job loss. Prior to 2019, Indiana was one of only 9 states without a revenge porn law. Women4Change was the only organization that advocated for this issue and we are pleased at the outcome of both Senate bills.

SB 192 Nonconsensual Pornography (Bohacek): Signed by the Governor, Public Law 29

SB 243 Nonconsensual Pornography (Freeman): Sent to the Governor’s desk to be signed or vetoed

Bias Crimes Legislation

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 and our organization released a statement of disapproval. Governor Holcomb signed SB 198 into law on April 6th, 2019.     

SB 198 Sentencing (Bohacek): Signed by the Governor, Public Law 5

Equal Pay

Indiana’s gender pay gap is one of the largest in the nation according to the American Association of University Women’s 2018 gender pay gap study. Democrats in the House and Senate proposed multiple bills to address the gender pay gap, but none of these bills were passed into law.

Teacher Pay

Indiana’s average teacher pay of $50,218 is lower than each of our surrounding states. House and Senate Republicans have increased the funding for education in the biennial budget and plan to pay off some pension obligations with the intent that local school boards will use the savings to raise pay, but critics of the bill argue that this is not enough.

HB 1640 Education Matters (Behning): Dead Bill

HB 1008 Teacher Career Ladders (Behning): Signed by the Governor

  • Changes the requirements for a school corporation to receive a grant from the teacher and student advancement grant program (program) and allows charter schools to receive these grants.

Redistricting Reform

Redistricting in Indiana will occur in 2021 after the next census has taken place. Several bills were authored by both Republicans and Democrats during the 2019 legislative session to address redistricting reform and gerrymandering. Despite SB105 gaining some early traction, all of the six proposed bills died.

SB 105 Redistricting Standards (Walker): Dead Bill

  • SB 105 had the most momentum, but died in committee in the House.

Opioid Epidemic

1,800 Hoosiers died last year from a drug overdose and 63% of those deaths were a result of opioid use.We partnered with Overdose Lifeline to show our support and lobby for laws that will positively impact those affected by substance use disorder.  

HB 1543 Inpatient Addiction Treatment (Kirchhofer): Sent to the Governor’s desk to be signed or vetoed – must be signed by May 6th

SB 141 Office Based Opioid Treatment Providers (Houchin): Sent to the Governor’s desk to be signed or vetoed

SB 276 Opioid Treatment Pilot Program (Raatz): Sent to the Governor’s desk to be signed or vetoed

Gun Safety

An average of 52 women being shot by an intimate partner every month in the US is a perfect example about how gun violence disproportionately affects women. We followed firearm bills that were written to keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence and multiple offenders, two of which passed through the House and the Senate.

HB 1651 Judicial Evaluation of Dangerous Individuals and Firearms (Schaibley): Sent to the Governor’s desk to be signed or vetoed

  • Establishes a dangerous person, for example previous offenders of domestic abuse, and makes it much more difficult for dangerous individuals to own firearms.

SB 119 Machine Guns (Tomes): Sent to the Governor’s desk to be signed or vetoed

  • Makes it a felony if a person sells, gives, or in any other manner transfers ownership or possession of a machine gun to any person under 18 years of age.

Women’s Health

We support women’s rights to access needed healthcare without great hindrance by legislation. The bills that supported our ideology died early in session, so we promoted the harm of the bills that progressed. Indiana is moving slightly forward by giving minor mothers autonomy over their medical decisions and helping mothers impacted by the opioid crisis.

HB 1211 Abortion Matters (Mayfield): Signed by the Governor

  • Mayfield’s bill, now law, outlaws the most safe and common abortion procedure (called dilation and evacuation) for medically necessary second trimester abortions.

HB1547 Consent to Pregnancy Services of a Minor (Kirchoffer): Signed by the Governor

  • Gives minor pregnant women the autonomy to make their own medical decisions.

SB 201 Health Provider Ethical Exemption (Brown): Signed by the Governor, Public Law 72

  • Expands on the types of medical professionals (to pharmacists, nurses) who can deny abortion services due to personal beliefs.

HB 1007 Perinatal Care (Kirchhofer): Sent to the Governor’s desk to be signed or vetoed

  • Requires the state department of health to establish a perinatal navigator program that would offer treatment services to mothers affected by substance use disorder.

SB 278 Local Fetal Infant Mortality Review Teams (Leising): Signed by the Governor, Public Law 31

  • Creates a review board that will research infant mortality causes specific to Indiana and ways to improve the current statistics of infant mortality.

April 12th: Here's what happened this week at the Indiana Statehouse

As the fifteenth full week of the 2019 legislative session comes to an end, Women4Change continues to be YOUR eyes and ears in the Indiana Statehouse.

Bills Signed into Law:

  • SB198 (‘Sentencing’) was signed by the Governor, without gender, gender identity, and age in the bill.

Bills on the Governor’s Desk:

  • HB 1211 (‘Abortion matters’)

    • This bill would ban the most common method used for medically necessary second trimester abortions.  

  • SB201 (‘Health Provider Ethical Exemption’)

    • This bill would allow health care providers (nurses, pharmacists, etc.) to deny abortion services based on personal beliefs. This would add to Indiana’s already extensive rights to deny care.

Bills that Moved:

  • SB 192 (‘Nonconsensual pornography’) signed by Speaker Bosma.

  • SB243 (‘Nonconsensual pornography’) returned to the Senate with amendments.

  • HB 1547 (‘Consent to pregnancy services of a minor’) House concurred with Senate amendments.

  • HB1651 (‘Judicial evaluation of dangerous individuals and firearms’) passed out of the Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy.


If you can not attend a meeting at the Statehouse during the legislative session consider attending these town hall meetings.


Saturday, April 13th

Meet Your Legislators at Evansville Central Library

9:00 - 11:00 AM

Evansville Central Library

200 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Evansville, IN  47713

Vigo County Crackerbarrel Session

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Main Library Meeting Rooms A, B & C

One Library Square

Terre Haute, IN 47807


Monday, April 22nd

Columbus Meet Your Legislators

7:30 - 8:30 AM

City Hall Cal Brand Meeting Room- First Floor

123 Washington Street

Columbus, IN





April 5th: Here's what happened this week at the Indiana Statehouse

As the fourteenth full week of the 2019 legislative session comes to an end, Women4Change continues to be YOUR eyes and ears in the Indiana Statehouse.

A big thank you to our members for continuing to our work at the Statehouse. We had Women4Change members sending a clear message to our lawmakers through the following activity:

  • Hate Crimes Press Conference  

Bills that moved this week:

  • HB 1211 (‘Abortion matters’) Returned to the House without amendments, so we are waiting for a motion to concur to be filed.

  • SB201 (‘Health Provider Ethical Exemption’) Senate concurred in House amendments, so it should be appearing on the Governor’s desk here soon.

  • SB 192 (‘Nonconsensual pornography’) Returned to the Senate without amendments, so we are waiting for a motion to concur to be filed.

  • SB243 (‘Nonconsensual pornography’) Amendment #1 (Speedy) prevailed. This amendment takes out language that protects a victim if the intimate images were dispersed with “intent to (A) harm)”.

  • HB 1547 (‘Consent to pregnancy services of a minor’) Returned to the House with amendments, so we are waiting for a motion to concur to be filed.

  • HB1651 (‘Judicial evaluation of dangerous individuals and firearms’) Pursuant to Senate Rule 68(b); reassigned to Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy

  • SB198 (‘Sentencing’) was signed by the Governor, without gender, gender identity, and age in the bill.

If you can not attend a meeting at the Statehouse during the legislative session consider attending these town hall meetings.

Saturday, April 6th

Carroll County Chamber of Chamber of Commerce

8:00 AM

Hippensteel Tribute Center

405 Cottage St.

Delphi, IN

League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County

9:30 AM

City Hall - City Council Chambers

501 N Morton St.

Bloomington, IN

Crawfordsville-Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

8:00 AM

Detchon Hall, Wabash College

301 W. Wabash Ave.

Crawfordsville, IN

Friday, April 12th

Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce

418 S Main St

Elkhart, IN


Saturday, April 13th

Meet Your Legislators at Evansville Central Library

9:00 - 11:00 AM

Evansville Central Library

200 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Evansville, IN  47713


Vigo County Cracker Barrel Session

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Main Library Meeting Rooms A, B & C

One Library Square

Terre Haute, IN 47807




March 29th: Here's what happened this week at the Indiana Statehouse

As the thirteenth full week of the 2019 legislative session comes to an end, Women4Change continues to be YOUR eyes and ears in the Indiana Statehouse.

A big thank you to our members for continuing to our work at the Statehouse. We had Women4Change members sending a clear message to our lawmakers through the following activity:

  • Bias Crimes One-Click tool which helps send emails and make phone calls to legislators

Bills that moved this week:

  • HB 1211 (‘Abortion matters’) Passed out of committee 7-3. Be on the lookout for when it will make an appearance on the Senate floor.

  • SB 192 (‘Nonconsensual pornography’) had its second reading in the House and was ordered engrossed.

  • HB 1547 (‘Consent to pregnancy services of a minor’) passed out of committee 7-0

We had a lot of movement with hate crimes this past week and here is the rundown:

SB12, the original bill covering hate crimes, has yet to move in the house, BUT the hate crimes language was drafted and amended it into SB198. SB198 originally was a sentencing bill for drug related crimes and is now being used to try and fit this language into it. The problem is that the list in SB198 does not include gender, gender identity, and age.  All of these characteristics are vital to inclusive language and not having them leaves out any Hoosier who falls under those categories.

Next week:

Monday, April 1

  • Bias Crimes Press Conference

11 AM in the 3rd Floor North Atrium of the Statehouse

Let’s show our legislators that Women4Change stands firmly committed to protect ALL HOOSIERS by showing up. Bring friends and signs to express our dissatisfaction with the Indiana General Assembly and their approach to a hate crimes bill. Session ends in a few weeks, so now is the time to act!

  • SB 192 (‘Nonconsensual pornography’) is scheduled for a third reading in the Senate Chamber.

  • SB 243 (‘Nonconsensual pornography’) is scheduled for a second reading in the Senate Chamber.

If you can not attend a meeting at the Statehouse during the legislative session consider attending these town hall meetings.

Saturday, April 6th

Carroll County Chamber of Chamber of Commerce

8:00 AM

Hippensteel Tribute Center

405 Cottage St.

Delphi, IN

League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County

9:30 AM

City Hall - City Council Chambers

501 N Morton St.

Bloomington, IN

Crawfordsville-Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

8:00 AM

Detchon Hall, Wabash College

301 W. Wabash Ave.

Crawfordsville, IN






March 22nd: Here's what happened this week at the Indiana Statehouse

As the twelfth full week of the 2019 legislative session comes to an end, Women4Change continues to be YOUR eyes and ears in the Indiana Statehouse.

A big thank you to our members for continuing to our work at the Statehouse. We had Women4Change members sending a clear message to our lawmakers through the following activity:

  1. Thank you to those who attended Women Behaving Badly! It was a wonderful learning experience about the women in our state who have made a difference.

Next week:

  1. HB 1211 ('Abortion matters') is scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, 27 March 2019 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM in the Senate Chamber.

  2. SB 192 (‘Nonconsensual pornography’) is scheduled for a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, 25 March 2019 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM in State House Room 156-D.

  3. HB 1311 (‘Absentee ballots’) is scheduled for a third hearing in the Senate on Monday, 25 March 2019 at 1:30 PM.

  4. HB 1547 (‘Consent to pregnancy services of a minor’) is scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee on Wednesday, 27 March at 9:00 AM in room 431.


If you can not attend a meeting at the Statehouse during the legislative session consider attending these town hall meetings.

Monday, March 25th

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce

7:30 AM

Mill Race Center

900 Lindsey Street

Columbus Indiana

Lawmakers TBA

7:00 AM

Hendricks County Farm Bureau

4-H Fairgrounds Conference Center

1900 E Main St.

Danville, IN


Friday, March 29th

South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce

12:00 PM

The History Museum

808 W Washington St

South Bend, IN 46601






March 15th: Here’s what happened this week at the Indiana Statehouse

As the eleventh full week of the 2019 legislative session comes to an end, Women4Change continues to be YOUR eyes and ears in the Indiana Statehouse.

A big thank you to our members for continuing to our work at the Statehouse. We had Women4Change members sending a clear message to our lawmakers through the following activity:

  1. Thank you to those who continue to write letters on behalf of comprehensive and inclusive hate crimes legislation. You can read more about this effort here.

Next week:

  1. HB 1211 ('Abortion matters') is scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM in the Senate Chamber.

  2. HB 1007 ('Perinatal care') is scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee on Wednesday, 20 Mar 2019 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM in State House Room 431.

If you can not attend a meeting at the Statehouse during the legislative session consider attending these town hall meetings.

Saturday, March 16th

Warrick County Chamber of Commerce

9:00 AM

Warrick County School Corporation Central Services Building

930 W Main Street

Boonville, IN 47601


Saturday, March 23rd

Lafayette Chamber of Commerce

7:30AM

Courtyard by Marriott

115 Fairington Ave

Lafayette, Indiana



Monday, March 25th

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce

7:30 AM

Mill Race Center

900 Lindsey Street

Columbus, Indiana

Lawmakers TBA

7:00 AM

Hendricks County Farm Bureau

4-H Fairgrounds Conference Center

1900 E Main St.

Danville, IN




March 8th: Here's what happened this week at the Indiana Statehouse

As the tenth full week of the 2019 legislative session comes to an end, Women4Change continues to be YOUR eyes and ears in the Indiana Statehouse.

Here is what we were following this week:

  1. SB201 (‘Health Provider Ethical Exemption’) passed out of House committee this week and is scheduled for a second reading on the House floor on Monday, March 11th.

  2. Because this was the first week back to law-making after “half-time”, not many bills moved. This past week was filled with informational meetings among legislators. However, the upcoming week is when we should start to see more movement again, so be on the lookout!

A big thank you to our members for continuing to support our work at the Statehouse. We had Women4Change members sending a clear message to our lawmakers through the following activity:

  1. Write to Amend SB12: Letter Writing Pizza Party


Next week:

  1. SB201 (‘Health Provider Ethical Exemption’) has a second reading in the House on Monday, 11 Mar 2019 in the House Chamber.


If you can not attend a meeting at the Statehouse during the legislative session consider attending these town hall meetings:

Saturday, March 9th

Vigo County Crackerbarrel Session

Vigo County

10:00 AM

Vigo County Public Library

1 Library Square

 Terre Haute, IN 47807

LWV Southwest Indiana

Vanderburgh County

9:00 AM

Evansville Central Library

200 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Evansville, IN 47713


Saturday, March 16th

Warrick County Chamber of Commerce

Warrick County

9:00 AM

Warrick County School Corporation Central Services Building

930 W Main Street

Boonville, IN 47601




March 1st: Here's what happened this week at the Statehouse

As the ninth full week of the 2019 legislative session comes to an end, Women4Change continues to be YOUR eyes and ears in the Indiana Statehouse.

Here is what else we were following this week:

  1. SB 243 ('Nonconsensual pornography') had a third reading in the Senate and was passed on to the House.

  2. SB 192 (‘Nonconsensual pornography’) had its first reading in the House and was assigned to Courts and Criminal Code

  3. SB 201 (‘Health provider ethical exemption’) had its first reading in the House and was assigned to Public Policy

A big thank you to our members for continuing to our work at the Statehouse. We had Women4Change members sending a clear message to our lawmakers through the following activity:

  1. Hate Crimes One-Click tool


Next week:

We are now at the halfway point for the Indiana General Assembly’s 2019 legislative session. Both chambers were required to have passed all bills on third reading by Monday, February 25th for the House, and Tuesday, February 26th for the Senate, in order to continue on in the process towards becoming law. If a bill did not reach this benchmark, the bill is presumably “dead” for the session, although language may be inserted into another bill in the second half.

Both the House and Senate will reconvene Monday, March 4th to begin the second half of session.

If you can not attend a meeting at the Statehouse during the legislative session consider attending these town hall meetings:

Saturday, March 2nd

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce

Senate Districts 7, 18 and House Districts 25, 38

8:00AM

Flora Park 4-H Building

800 E Main St

Flora, IN 46929


Friday, March 8th

Kokomo Chamber of Commerce

Howard County

4:00 PM

Inventrek Technology Park Auditorium

700 E. Firmin St.

Kokomo, Indiana 46902

Greater Elkhart Chamber

Elkhart County

12:00 PM

Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce

418 S Main St

Elkhart, IN 46516



Saturday, March 9th

Vigo County Cracker Barrel Session

Vigo County

10:00 AM

Vigo County Public Library

1 Library Square

Terre Haute, IN 47807

LWV Southwest Indiana

Vanderburgh County

9:00 AM

Evansville Central Library

200 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Evansville, IN 47713




February 22nd: Here's what happened this week at the Statehouse

As the seventh full week of the 2019 legislative session comes to an end, Women4Change continues to be YOUR eyes and ears in the Indiana Statehouse.

URGENT! Time is running short on a comprehensive hate crimes law! We need as many people as possible to reach out to their state representative and urge them to support CLEAR and INCLUSIVE legislation as SB12 moves to the House floor in two weeks without an enumerated list. We are very disappointed in this amendment that was added and need you to contact your representative RIGHT NOW and tell them that a comprehensive hate crimes law is exactly what Hoosiers need!

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Here is what else we were following this week:

  1. SB 12 ('Sentencing and bias crimes') had a third reading in the Senate. The vote was: passed.

  2. HB 1211 ('Abortion matters') had a third reading in the House. The vote was: passed.

  3. SB 105 ('Redistricting standards') had a third reading in the Senate. The vote was: passed.

  4. SB 243 ('Nonconsensual pornography') had a committee hearing in the Senate. The vote was: amend do pass, adopted.


A big thank you to our members for continuing to our work at the Statehouse. We had Women4Change members sending a clear message to our lawmakers through the following activity:

  1. Emailing their legislators through One-Click tool for Hate Crimes (SB12)

  2. Emailing their legislators through One-Click tool for Nonconsensual Pornography (HB1333)

Next week, we will be showing our support for the following bills:

  • SB 243 ('Nonconsensual pornography') is scheduled for a second reading on Monday, February 25th at 1:30PM in the Senate Chamber.



If you can not attend a meeting at the Statehouse during the legislative session consider attending these town hall meetings:

Saturday, Feb 23rd

Crawfordsville-Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

Senate District 23 and House District 13, 41

8:00AM

Detchon Hall, Wabash College

301 W. Wabash Ave.

Crawfordsville, IN


Monday, Feb 25th

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce

Senate Districts 41, 43, 45 and House Districts 59, 57

7:30 AM

Mill Race Center

900 Lindsey Street

Columbus, IN

Hendricks County Farm Bureau

Senate Districts 23, 24, 35, 37 and House Districts 28, 40, 91

7:00AM

4-H Fairgrounds Conference Center

1900 E Main St.

Danville, IN



Saturday, March 2nd

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce

Senate Districts 7, 18

House Districts 25, 38

8:00AM

Flora Park 4-H Building

800 E Main St

 Flora, IN 46929

February 15th: Here's what happened this week at the Statehouse

Here’s what happened this week at the Indiana Statehouse

As the sixth full week of the 2019 legislative session comes to an end, Women4Change continues to be YOUR eyes and ears in the Indiana Statehouse.

Here is what we were following this week:

  1. SB 192 ('Nonconsensual pornography') had a third reading in the Senate on Wednesday, February 13th. The vote was: yeas 47, nays 1. It was then referred to the House.

  2. HB 1333 (‘Nonconsensual pornography’) had a second reading in the House on Wednesday, February 13th. The vote was: amend do pass, adopted.

  3. HB 1651 ('Seizure of firearms from dangerous individuals') had a third reading in the House on Wednesday, February 13th. The vote was:yeas 90, nays 2. It was then referred to the Senate.

  4. HB 1075 (‘Child victim of human or sexual trafficking’) had a second reading in the House on Thursday, February 14th. The vote was: amended, ordered engrossed.  


A big thank you to our members for continuing our work at the Statehouse. We had Women4Change members sending a clear message to our lawmakers through the following activities:

  1. Equality Pay$ Press Conference

  2. Valentine’s Day Letter-Writing Campaign


Next week, we will be showing our support for the following bills:

  • SB12 (Bias Crimes) - Monday, February 18th in the Public Policy Committee at 8:00 AM in the Senate Chamber

  • SB 243 (Nonconsensual Pornography) - Tuesday, February 19th in the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee, at 10:00 AM in Statehouse Room 130.

We will also be opposing:

  • HB 1211 (Abortion Matters) - Monday, February 18th in the Public Policy Committee, at 11:00 AM in Statehouse Room 156-B.


If you can not attend a meeting at the Statehouse during the legislative session consider attending these town hall meetings.

Saturday, Feb 16th

Warrick County Chamber of Commerce

Senate District 48, 50 and House District 75, 78

9:00AM

First Methodist Church

601 Main Street

Mt. Vernon, IN 47620


Friday, Feb 22nd

South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce

Senate Districts 8, 10, 11 and House Districts 5, 6, 8, 21

12:00 PM

The History Museum

808 W Washington St

South Bend, IN 46601


Saturday, Feb 23rd

Crawfordsville-Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

Senate District 23 and House District 13, 41

8:00AM

Detchon Hall, Wabash College

301 W. Wabash Ave.

Crawfordsville, IN