Indianapolis Business Journal: Gov. Holcomb’s 2019 Legislative Agenda

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s agenda for the 2019 legislative session includes a big focus on workforce development, growing the economy and improving public health.

His list of priorities also includes passing a bias-crimes bill, increasing teacher pay and implementing some of the recommendations from the report on the Department of Child Services.

Indianapolis Star: Indiana should pass hate crimes law, business leaders write

The heinous act of Nazi graffiti at a Carmel synagogue is just the latest in a disturbing pattern of hate crimes that threatens all of us.

As leaders of some of the state’s largest businesses, we condemn these acts of hatred and intimidation. Crimes like these aren’t just attacks on individuals. They’re attacks on the entire state. We need to respond as a state.

Journal & Courier: 'Why not Indiana?' Lafayette Sen. Ron Alting will carry hate crime bill

A day after police arrested a Cloverdale man in connection with Nazi symbols painted on a Carmel synagogue – a case that had Gov. Eric Holcomb two weeks ago calling for a hate crime legislation – state Sen. Ron Alting said he’s ready to introduce a bill in January that would make Indiana the 46th state with stiffer penalties for bias-driven offenses.

 

“Before people come to our state, they need to know they’ll be safe. Before they take the initiative to build companies and build up communities, they need to know they won’t be putting their families at risk. Only Hoosiers that are free from threat are free to thrive. That’s why it’s time for Indiana’s lawmakers to act. We call on our state legislature to send a strong signal that crimes motivated by discrimination and hatred have no place in our state.”

— an August 2018 Letter to the Editor of the IndyStar from 9 of Indiana’s business and nonprofit leaders