Hoosier Chapter

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2014 Indiana General Assembly

Indiana Statehouse

"If you're not at the table, you'll be on the menu."

The Indiana General Assembly starts a “short” session in early January and legislators must end their work before March 15th. The Chapter expects several issues considered that will be of interest to Sierra Club members, including the financing for energy efficiency and renewables, water resource management, public transit funding, and a new effort to impose “Ag Gag” legislation.

Take Action!

As a Sierra Club supporter, your voice is crucial to ensure our public officials understand what's at stake for our environment this year. Join us for our 2014 Legislative Action trainings. For details on how to join the trainings by telephone or the web, contact Matthew Skuya at matt.skuya@sierraclub.org.  We want you to be informed about our legislative priorities for the environment and how you can engage with your state legislators to ensure environmental concerns are a part of the conversation on policy issues being considered over the coming weeks.
 

Watch this page for legislative information as the session progresses. If you're not on the Hoosier Chapter's e-newsletter list, please consider signing up so that you can find out when your help is needed for contacts with legislators.

 

Issues we are WORKING ON include: 

Ag-Gag - Many of us have seen periodic videos and photos of horrific animal abuse and unsafe practices in some industrial farming operations. "Ag-Gag" is an industry response to that. But instead of striving to clean up the industry, Ag-gag would make it illegal for whistle-blowers to take and distribute such evidence.

Authorizing Agricultural Operations to Define Their Own Felonies - See more at: http://www.masson.us/blog/#sthash.3rAIRYFs.dpuf
Authorizing Agricultural Operations to Define Their Own Felonies - See more at: http://www.masson.us/blog/#sthash.3rAIRYFs.dpuf

"Right to Farm" - This sounds innocuous, right? It is not. This proposal sometimes appears in a proposed constitutional amendment and sometimes in a bill. It elevates the rights on industrial farming operations at the expense of others. Live down wind from an industrial hog farm? Then you know this is far more than a symbolic exercise. Read more here:

Public Transit Funding Proposals - Would enable funding mechanisms for the expansion and improvement of mass transit. Proposal will likely include central Indiana as well as the South Shore rail expansion in NW Indiana.

PACE - Would enable a funding mechanism for energy efficiency and renewable energy property improvements (PACE stands for "property assessed clean energy."

Various energy proposals - including feed-in tariffs, alternative energy regulation (INDIEC), and proposals concerning modular nuclear plants.

HJR 3 (formerly HJR 6) - Bans gay marriage. Also would invalidate anything "substantially similar" to that, such as civil unions. The Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter opposes this ban.

Additional issues and legislation we are monitoring and working on:

  
 

How to look up your legislator? (REVISED) Click this link.

 

Good place to meet your legislator: "Third House Sessions"
Here is a list (compliments of Indiana Assoc. of United Ways).

 

Indiana Conservation Alliance: click here.

 

To see our 2013 Legislative Report, click here.