From our coalition partners, the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate:
We need everyone to make calls to the committee members below AND your Senator and tell them to pass an inclusive hate crimes law which includes all currently named characteristics/groups including gender identity and sexual orientation. We need to ensure that all Hoosiers commonly targeted by hate are named in the hate crimes law. We cannot and will not support any legislation that leaves Hoosiers targeted by hate behind.
The opponents to a fully inclusive hate crime law are hitting the phone lines and distributing inaccurate emails to get support. Now is the time to speak up! The committee will debate SB 418 on Tuesday, January 30th. No testimony will be heard. The committee will likely just review pending amendments and vote. We need them to hear us before that meeting!
Senator Michael Young (Chair) 317-232-9517
Senator Mike Bohacek 317-232-9541
Senator Rod Bray 317-234-9426
Senator Aaron Freeman 317-232-9490
Senator Eric Koch 317-234-9425
Senator James Tomes 317-232-9414
Senator Greg Taylor 317-232-9432
Contact your Senator as well if different from the above committee member.
If you have time, please also call or email Senators Glick and Lanane and THANK them for their support of an inclusive hate crimes law.
Senator Timothy Lanane 317-232-9427
Senator Susan Glick 317-232-9493
Call Script Option 1:
I am calling Senator________________ regarding Senate Bill 418 which was heard in the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee on Tuesday, January 23rd. I believe that passing a clean and comprehensive hate crimes bill would be a great win for Indiana. I urge Senator__________ to pass the bill out of committee without the inclusion of any divisive amendments.
Call Script Option 2:
I’m calling Senator_________________ regarding Senate Bill 418 which was heard in the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee on Tuesday, January 23rd. By passing a fully inclusive bill this session, and removing Indiana from one of the five states that do not have a bias crimes statute, we can send a strong message to businesses like Amazon that Indiana is where they want to call home.