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Campaign for Hoosier Families — Legislative Update


Campaign for Hoosier FamiliesA strong, public voice for Hoosier families and children in need


Legislative Update & Action Items


Now that the 2021 Indiana Legislative session has ended, the Campaign for Hoosier Families offers this summary.

  • Budget – Food Banks line item was increased from $300,000 to $1 million per year; and the CHOICE appropriation (funds supporting elderly & individuals with disabilities to stay in their homes) was restored to its current level (no reduction).
  • Evictions – Protecting renters from eviction and negative legislation. A bill that fixed some issues in last year’s legislation gutting many tenant protections did pass, and our legislative delegation voted against the negative bills.
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families came close to being expanded, but the House Ways and Means Committee amended the TANF legislation to delete the language updating TANF eligibility and benefits, and instead inserted an increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit. This could result in $10.5 to $12 million more in tax credits for Hoosier families. TANF expansion still needs to be a priority.
  • Minimum Wage – Bills were introduced but not passed. Increasing minimum wage still needs to be a priority.
  • Child & Dependent Care State Tax Credit – Bills were introduced but not passed. This also still needs to be a priority.
  • Redistricting – The session is technically still ongoing, and the legislature will reconvene to consider redistricting when the census data is finally available.

Please contact your state legislators to let them know that you support expansion of TANF, $15 minimum wage, Child & Dependent Care State Tax Credit, not taxing unemployment compensation, and redistricting. Please join us in thanking Kathy Williams, LUM legislative advocate, and Patti O’Callaghan, LUM volunteer lobbyist, for working so hard on behalf of Hoosier Families.

To get started, click HERE.


FIND YOUR Your State Legislators

Follow this link to find out: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/. Every phone call and email makes a difference as we work to protect the interests of Hoosier Families!


To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families go to www.lumserve.org/bill-watch-list/.


Campaign for Hoosier Families is an alliance of faith-based organizations that engages local, state and federal officials on behalf of low-income Hoosier families and children. To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families, please click HERE.

Thank you for helping to support Hoosier Families!


If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Social Justice Ministry, click HERE.

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Kathryn & Patti – The LUM Public Policy Team


Campaign for Hoosier FamiliesA strong, public voice for Hoosier families and children in need


LUM Legislative & Social Justice Updates


The Campaign for Hoosier Families engages local, state, and federal officials on behalf of low income families and children. Since LUM was incorporated in 1972, “advocacy” has been a part of the mission. As a part of the Campaign for Hoosier Families, Kathryn Williams is the new LUM Public Policy Advocate.

Kathy Williams graduated from Northeastern University School of Law and was admitted to practice law in both Indiana and Massachusetts. She is a registered lobbyist with the State of Indiana and has represented clients in civil cases through the Indiana Legal Services Organization in matters including family issues, housing, government benefits, and constitutional rights. Kathy is a long-term public policy advocate at the Indiana General Assembly, representing many different organizations that provide human services and/or advocate for social justice, which now includes LUM. Kathy is currently monitoring key legislation at the Indiana Statehouse.

Patti O’Callaghan, who serves as the LUM Volunteer Legislative Liaison, submitted testimony on Indiana bills related to the following:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Earned Income Tax Credit – supporting an increase in the state EIC. LUM was instrumental in getting this established, and it inspired the LUM Tax Assistance Program.
  • Township Homeless Assistance and Preventing Homelessness that occurs due to eliminating local control of rental properties

On the Federal level, LUM supports:

  • COVID-19 Relief for Hoosiers who are hungry, unemployed or at risk of eviction
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance
  • Minimum Wage increase to $15 per hour

LUM is thrilled to have the experience of Kathy & Patti advocating for Hoosier families. They are well-respected and are the best at representing LUM where the decisions are being made at the State Capitol and beyond.


FIND YOUR Your State Legislators

Follow this link to find out: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/. Every phone call and email makes a difference as we work to protect the interests of Hoosier Families!


To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families go to www.lumserve.org/bill-watch-list/.


Campaign for Hoosier Families is an alliance of faith-based organizations that engages local, state and federal officials on behalf of low-income Hoosier families and children. To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families, please click HERE.

Thank you for helping to support Hoosier Families!


If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Social Justice Ministry, click HERE.

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Campaign for Hoosier Families—A Legislative Update


Campaign for Hoosier FamiliesA strong, public voice for Hoosier families and children in need


Action Alert: Support Pandemic Relief


Ask Indiana’s Lawmakers not to overturn
Gov. Holcomb’s Veto of Housing Bill – SEA 148 

With a long COVID-19 winter settling in, the Campaign for Hoosier Families urges you to reach out to Indiana’s state legislators NOW to tell them why it’s important not to overturn Governor Holcomb’s veto of SEA 148 this session.

Indiana families can’t afford a veto override that would negatively affect rental housing and could expand homelessness. To get started, click HERE.


Urge Congress to Pass Bipartisan Pandemic Relief Bill

Also, please contact your senators and representatives in Congress to urge them to enact newly-released legislation NOW that includes $25 billion for emergency rental assistance and a one-month extension of the federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To get started, click HERE.


Other Legislation to Watch & Support

  • STATE – House Bill 1136 Paid family & medical leave program. For more information, click HERE. Share the bill and thank the authors on social media (on Twitter, @campbellh26 and @DavissonforHD73). Connect with your legislators to ask for their support
  • FEDERAL – National partners are circulating a letter to Congress urging support for the FAMILY Act. It is very similar to the Indiana bill, providing 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents, serious health conditions, and family care. To sign on, click HERE (even if you signed a similar letter in 2019, you will need to sign again to be included)

FIND YOUR Your State Legislators

Follow this link to find out: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/. Every phone call and email makes a difference as we work to protect the interests of Hoosier Families!


To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families go to www.lumserve.org/bill-watch-list/.


Campaign for Hoosier Families is an alliance of faith-based organizations that engages local, state and federal officials on behalf of low-income Hoosier families and children. To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families, please click HERE.

Thank you for helping to support Hoosier Families!


If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Social Justice Ministry, click HERE.

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US Census 2020 – Shape Your Future


Respond by September 30 – Be Counted

The U.S. Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on September 30, a month sooner than previously announced. 

What is the Census? As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a once every-decade count of everyone living in the country. When we know how many people live in your community, organizations and businesses are better equipped to evaluate the services and programs needed. It also determines how seats in Congress are distributed among the 50 states.

Shape your future. Start here.
Visit 2020CENSUS.GOV

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade.

US Census 2020 – Shape Your Future


Respond by September 30 – Be Counted

The U.S. Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on September 30, a month sooner than previously announced. 

What is the Census? As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a once every-decade count of everyone living in the country. When we know how many people live in your community, organizations and businesses are better equipped to evaluate the services and programs needed. It also determines how seats in Congress are distributed among the 50 states.

Shape your future. Start here.
Visit 2020CENSUS.GOV

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade.

The Right to Drive – Possible Legislation Coming

An estimated 4.5 million undocumented immigrants nationwide are driving regularly, most without licenses. In 2019, legislators in several states introduced legislation to provide driver’s licenses to undocumented residents including Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. Legislation in New York passed in the State Assembly and is now in the State Senate. At the moment only twelve states issuing licenses without proof of legal residence in the United states; those states being: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Vermont and Washington.


It is our understanding that State Representative Chris Campbell, who represents a large portion of Lafayette/West Lafayette, will be authoring legislation that will allow persons residing in Indiana, who do not possess the necessary immigration documents to otherwise qualify for a standard drivers’ license, to receive a driver’s card


Many states have adopted tough new laws to prevent illegal immigrants from driving, while expanding immigration enforcement by state and local police. The Department of Homeland Security figures show that at least 30,000 undocumented immigrants who were stopped for common traffic violations in the last three years have ended facing deportation. The numbers are rapidly increasing, and as a result are aggravating tensions in the national debate over immigration.

What has been asked of Indiana, multiple times, is for the state to approve a permit for undocumented residents. This permit would allow individuals to fearlessly travel to work, take their children to school, and to give them a peace of mind. In this day and age it is difficult to live depending on public transportation. The permit being discussed would provide reliable transportation to undocumented residents. Sadly, time and time again that legislation establishing a permit for undocumented residents to drive has been proposed it has quickly been rejected.


by Brenda Barrera, Campaign for Hoosier Families Intern

Helpful Tech for Contacting Your Legislators

Making Your Voice Heard in a Few Simple Steps

by Rob Krasa, LUM intern

The 2019 Session of the Indiana General Assembly may be nearing its conclusion, but the need to let your representatives know where you stand should not end with it. Today’s technology has made the process of reaching out easier than ever. It offers us a chance to contact those who represent us, whether locally or on the national stage, with just a few mouse clicks or text messages. Here are a few ways to utilize the internet to get involved in the legislative process:


Indiana General Assembly Website

This page on the Indiana General Assembly website makes it easy to find who represents you in both the Indiana State House as well as in the United States Congress. Simply entering your home address will provide phone numbers, email addresses and web pages to allow you to contact your elected officials with relative ease.

Indiana General Assembly, click HERE.


ResistBot

ResistBot is an automated system which not only provides contact information for legislators that represent you, but allows you to generate and send correspondence directly to your representatives with a few simple text messages, tweets, or Facebook messages. Simply text the word “resist” to 50409, tweet it @resistbot, or send it in a message to ResistBot on Facebook and follow the system’s prompts to generate and send a formally-formatted letter to the representative of your choice. You can also use ResistBot to make your opinion known to relevant legislators based on particular topics and issues as well.

Click HERE.


Capitol Call

Capitol Call is an app for Android and iPhone which will locate your legislators for you and get you in touch with their office via phone with just one tap of a button. It also provides alternate contact information and easily links you to other ways to get in touch if you don’t prefer making a call. The app also maintains an Action Center to keep you up to date on current issues, and how to best direct your opinion to make a difference where you want to see it the most.

Click HERE.


Countable

Focused primarily on the U.S. Congress, Countable is another website and app for Android and iPhone which not only offers opportunities and assistance for contacting your legislators, but also stays up to date with summaries and progress updates for all legislation moving through Congress. Simply visit the website or download the app and follow the prompts to begin your bill tracking or contact efforts.

Click HERE.

Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

On February 27, Senate Bill 111was referred to the House for further consideration. The bill, authored by Senators Eric KochErin Houchin, and John Crane, seeks to establish the Community and Faith Based Substance Abuse Program. If passed, SB 111 will enable the Division of Mental Health and Addiction to establish and administer this grant. The legislation would also fund a Community and Faith Based Substance Abuse Transportation Assistance Grant Program. Signaling widespread support for the bill, SB111 moved quickly through the Senate Family and Children Services and Appropriations committees. Twenty-three days after its first reading in the Senate, SB 111 passed with a roll call vote of 49 yeas and 0 nays. Unfortunately to date there has been no movement on the bill since being forwarded to the House of Representatives.

This bill, if passed, will help Hoosiers struggling with substance abuse across the state. Enabling both community and faith based programs to apply for grants to help with recovery is an important step in the right direction. According to a 2017 report by the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, 5.9% of Hoosiers had an alcohol use disorder within a year of the study. 30.8% of Hoosiers also reported tobacco use in the past month. These numbers, as well as the continued prevalence of hard drug use by some, are alarming. Understanding that substance abuse is an issue which affects individuals and families across the state, it is commendable that the General Assembly is considering such a bill. Hopefully, Senate Bill 111 will become law in the not to distant future.  

When asked to comment on whether the bill would be helpful to the homeless population served by Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Shelter director, David Heckert commented, “It would be another option for our homeless guests a majority of whom struggle with addiction. It would also be a resource for building the capacity of existing programs as well as helping to starting new ones by making additional state and Federal funds available. I am pleased that providers, policy makers, and law enforcement officials are now considering addiction to be a chronic disease rather than a personal choice.”

To view the Report on Substance Abuse in Indiana, click HERE.

Capping Payday Loan Interest Rates

Hoosier Are In Need

by Angela Weaver, Klinker-Alting Family Advocacy intern

It is a sad day for all of us at Campaign for Hoosier Families.  Senate Bill 104, which capped interest rates on payday loans, was defeated in the third reading with a vote of 22 yeas and 27 nays and will not continue any further this session. Consequently, the bill which we all had high hopes for is now dead. Originally authored by Senator Greg Walker and Senator John Ruckelshaus, this bill seemed to have the support needed at the State Capitol in order to pass both houses and become law. At the time of third reading, SB-104 had eight co-authors.Senate Bill 84 and House Bill 1098 which also addressed small loan finance charges did not make it passed the first reading.

To share your story, click HERE.

by Angela Weaver, Klinker-Alting Family Advocacy intern

Indiana Minimum Wage Update

As you know raising the minimum wage is a priority for Campaign for Hoosier Families. While the minimum wage bills introduced in this current session did not move through the Indiana General Assembly this year, we encourage you during the off session to let your State Representative and State Senator know that you support raising the Indiana minimum wage as well overall income equality so that they may be persuaded to address it next year.

To find your legislators, click HERE.