February 8th: Here’s what happened this week at the Indiana Statehouse

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

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Here is what else we were following this week:

  1. SB 105 ('Redistricting standards') had a committee hearing in the Senate. The vote was: do pass, adopted.

  2. SB 192 (‘Nonconsensual Pornography’) had a committee hearing in the Senate. The vote was: amend do pass, adopted.

  3. SB 194 ('Voter challenges in primaries') passed its third reading and was referred to the House.

  4. SB 424 ('Privacy and tracking of rape kits') passed its third reading and was referred to the House.

  5. HB 1651 ('Seizure of firearms from dangerous individuals') was scheduled for a second reading in the House on Monday, February 11th.  


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:

A. Pack the House for Redistricting - SB105 (redistricting standards)


Next week, we will be showing our support for the Equality Pay$ Coalition, which will be hosting a press conference on Monday, February 11th in the 4th floor North Atrium, at 11:00 AM. Legislators and local leaders will be discussing bills related to women in the workforce, including pay discrimination, pregnancy accommodations, sexual harassment, and more in 2019. Register here!

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

Sen. Ford from District 29 will be holding office hours at Burger King (8310 West 10th St., Indianapolis) next Friday the 15th from 9-11 a.m.

Saturday, Feb 9th

Huntington County Chamber of Commerce

Senator Lanane District 25

10:00AM

Huntington City Township Public Library

255 W Park Dr

Huntington, IN

SB37 Redistricting Commission


SB32 Same Day Registration

Vigo County Crackerbarrel Session

Senator Ford District 38 Representative Pfaff District 43

10:00AM

Vigo County Public Library

1 Library Square

Terre Haute, IN

HB1256 Same Day Registration; Close of the Polls

LWV Southwest Indiana

Senator Becker District 50

9:00-11:00AM

Evansville Central Library

200 SE Martin Luther   

King Jr Blvd

Evansville, IN

SB590 Pregnancy and Childbirth Discrimination

Huntington County Chamber of Commerce

Senator Lanane District 25

10:00AM

Huntington City Township Public Library

255 W Park Dr

Huntington, IN

SB37 Redistricting Commission

SB32 Same Day Registration


Monday, Feb 11th

Madison County Chamber

Senate Districts 25, 26 and House Districts 35, 36, 53, 54

8:00 AM

Anderson Public Library

3rd Floor

111 E. 12th St

Anderson, IN 46016


Saturday, Feb 16th

Warrick County Chamber of Commerce

Senate District 49 and House District 76

9:00AM

First Methodist Church

601 Main Street

Mt. Vernon, IN 47620






February 1st: Here’s what happened this week at the Indiana Statehouse

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

There are many bills that are starting to move. Here’s what we were following this week:

  1. HB 1394 ('Women's suffrage centennial commission') had a third reading in the House. The vote was: passed.

  2. HB 424 ( ‘Privacy and tracking of rape kits’) had a second reading in the House. The vote was: amended, ordered engrossed.

    1. This means that the bill was certified by the Secretary of the Senate.

  3. SB 352 ('Consent to pregnancy services of a minor') is scheduled for a third reading on Monday, 4 Feb 2019 in the Senate Chamber.

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 activity:

A. Dial in for Redistricting - Remote Phone Banking

Next week, we will be showing our support for:

SB 105 (Redistricting Standards), which will be heard on Monday, February 4th in the Elections Committee, at 10:00 AM in  Statehouse Room 431.

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

Saturday, Feb 2nd

Senator Stoops (D) Senate District 40, majority of Monroe County

9:30-11 AM

Bloomington City Council Chambers

501 N Morton St.

Bloomington, IN

SB284 Prohibition on Conversion Therapy

SJR9 Ballot and Initiative Referendum

Senator Alting (R) Senate District 22, Tippecanoe County

7:30-9:30 AM

Courtyard by Marriott

150 Fairington Ave

Lafayette, IN

SB12 Bias Motivated Crimes

SB192 Nonconsensual Pornography

Representative Reardon (D) House District 12, around Hammond, IN

11A-12:30PM

Wicker Memorial Park Clubhouse

8554 Indianapolis Blvd

Highland, IN

Griffith Town Hall

1-2:30PM

111 N Broad St

Griffith, IN

HB1573 Removal of Elected Officials

HB1574 Lewd Touching

HB1577 Workplace Discrimination

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce - Senator Buchanon District 7 Representative Lehe District 25

8:00AM

Hippensteel Tribute Center

405 Cottage St.

Delphi, IN



Friday, Feb 8th

Representative Stutzman (R) House District 49, Elkhart, Goshen

12-1:30PM

Elkhart Chamber of Commerce

418 S. Main St.

Elkhart, IN

HB1532 Nonconsensual Pornography


Saturday, Feb 9th

Huntington County Chamber of Commerce - Senator Lanane District 25

10:00AM

Huntington City Township Public Library

255 W Park Dr

Huntington, IN

SB37 Redistricting Commission

SB32 Same Day Registration

Vigo County Cracker Barrel Session - Senator Ford District 38 Representative Pfaff District 43

10:00AM

Vigo County Public Library

1 Library Square

Terre Haute, IN

HB1256 Same Day Registration; Close of the Polls

LWV Southwest Indiana - Senator Becker District 50

9:00-11:00AM

Evansville Central Library

200 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Evansville, IN

SB590 Pregnancy and Childbirth Discrimination





January 25th: Here’s what happened this week at the Indiana Statehouse

As the third full week of the 2019 Indiana legislative session comes to a close, we want to let you know that Women4Change will be YOUR eyes and ears in the Statehouse. Over 1200 bills have now been filed and here’s what we were following this week:

  1. SB 132: Civics test as graduation requirement. Passed

  2. HB 1394: Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission is scheduled for a second reading on Monday, 28 Jan 2019 in the House Chamber.

  3. HB 1007 : Perinatal Care had a third reading in the House. The vote was: Passed.

A big thank you to our members for continuing to show up at the Statehouse. We had Women4Change members present and sending a clear message that we need action now at:

A. HB 1217: the Elections and Apportionment meeting

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

  1. Senator JD Ford (D) with others, District 29, Indianapolis  

    1. Senator Ford is the author of SB86 and SB349, both of which are in favor of making voting an easier act for everyday Hoosiers.

      1. SB86 allows more people to be qualified for absentee voting. If you are able to vote in person, you could still vote absentee.

      2. SB349 would allow new applications for driver’s licenses, permits, or state IDs to automatically be for voter registration, unless an individual opts out.

    2. January 26th, 2019, 10AM at the Hamilton County Courthouse (1 Hamilton County Sq, Noblesville, IN)

  2. Senator Walker (R), District 41, Parts of Bartholomew and Johnson Counties

    1. Senator Walker is the author of SB105, which is focused on redistricting.

      1. SB105 proposes that new districts (100 for the House and 50 for the Senate) be drawn based on equal population.

    2. January 28th, 2019, 7:30-9:30 AM at Columbus City Hall
      (Cal Brand Meeting Room- First Floor
      123 Washington Street, Columbus IN)

  3. Senator Alting (R), District 22, Tippecanoe County

    1. Senator Alting is the author of SB12, SB192, which cover Bias Crimes and Nonconsensual Pornography.

      1. SB12 would make bias crimes an aggravating circumstance in court and would require these crimes to be reported to the FBI.

      2. SB192 makes it illegal distribute intimate photos of an individual without the person in the image’s consent.

    2. February 2nd, 2019, 7:30-9:30 AM at the Lafayette Courtyard by Marriott (150 Fairington Ave, Lafayette, IN)




Calling all ADVOCATES!

Are you ready to prove to our lawmakers that Indiana is ready for change? Can you be available to show up at the Statehouse during the week for committee hearings and rallies? The 2019 legislative session runs from January through April. If you are free during the day on weekdays WE NEED YOU! 

Showing up at the Statehouse during the legislative session declares to our lawmakers that we mean business and will hold them accountable for their decision-making. Women4Change members packed committee hearings and took part in several rallies last year to help push for positive change. Phone calls and emails are very important, but being physically present at the place where decisions are made makes an influential statement. 

By signing up to be an ACTION ADVOCATE, you will receive emails with the latest details from the Statehouse regarding our signature causes. These emails will tell you where you need to be and when, with information such as committee hearing times or room changes, bill updates, and other pieces of legislative information that can change in an instant. Fill out our contact form by clicking here to become one of our 2019 ACTION ADVOCATES and let's start the new year off by taking action!

We are looking for interns!

Women4Change is searching for new interns for Spring 2019! We will be accepting applications immediately in the areas of communications, programming, and policy. College students, recent graduates, and those with a strong desire to create positive change in Indiana are all encouraged to apply! Please click on the links below for a detailed description of each role and submit all requested information to alysa@women4changeindiana.org:

Communications Intern

Programming Intern

Legislative Intern

Join us for Organization Day, November 20th!

Now that Election Day has passed, Women4Change is gearing up for a very important legislative session. Our organization remains committed to creating positive change by influencing public policy through advocacy. Next Tuesday, November 20th, is Organization Day at the Indiana Statehouse! Organization Day is the ceremonial start to the 2019 legislative session and is an opportunity for lawmakers to meet and begin discussing legislative business.

Hundreds of Women4Change members continuously showed up at the Statehouse last year and we need you now more than ever! Organization Day is the first opportunity to send a clear message to our lawmakers. There will be a rally for redistricting reform at 12:30 PM. Join us on the Capitol Ave. steps to show Indiana legislators your support for this important policy issue and let's continue to make change!

Donate to our postcard campaign!

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We had an amazing volunteer response to our Get Out the Vote postcard campaign! But with the midterm election just over a month away, we need your help! Please consider making a donation at the link below so we can continue sending handwritten messages to registered Hoosiers encouraging them to vote. Indiana House and Senate races have been decided by just over 1000 votes and we have already filled out postcards that will be sent to over 2000 voters.

Donate today to help us reach out to potential voters: $20 will send postcards to 25 households! #bethechange #countmein

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