League positions supported the following bills that were introduced in the 2020 short session of the Indiana Legislature.  ALL DIED, most in committee so that legislators did not have to go on record with a vote that could follow them to the polls. Supermajority control of committees short circuited legislation early in a process that was designed for bi-partisan and public input.

 

Legislation that died:

Senate Bill 176, Minimum wage

  • Establishes new minimum wages, effective June 2021

Senate Bill 34, Paid employee leave

  • Recommends that a legislative council assigns an interim committee to study paid personal leave for employees

Senate Bill 35, Protective Orders and Employment

  • Provides that an employer may not discriminate against an employee with respect to compensation and benefits from the employer or terms and conditions of employment

Senate Bill 281, Fair pay in employment

  • Provides that it is an unlawful employment practice to pay wages that discriminate based on sex, race, or national origin for the same or equivalent jobs when the employees in question have equivalent education and employment experience

Senate Bill 283, Medicaid treatment for pregnant women

  • Provides that Medicaid benefits, including substance abuse treatment, are available to certain pregnant women for the duration of the pregnancy and for the one year postpartum period that begins on the last day of the pregnancy

House Bill 1162, Wage history & salary range inquiries

  • Dictates rules about the hiring process, including prohibiting employers from considering potential employees’ wage histories & allows the Department of Labor to investigate violations of aforementioned hiring rules

House Bill 1226, Sales tax exemption for feminine hygiene products

  • Provides that sales of feminine hygiene products are exempt from the state gross retail tax.

House Bill 1427, Paid family and medical leave program

  • Requires the department of workforce development to establish a paid family and medical leave program to provide payments for employees who take family and medical leave

Senate Bill 305, Contraceptive coverage

  • Requires state employee health plans, policies of accident and sickness insurance, and health maintenance organization contracts to provide coverage for contraceptive products and services without cost sharing

Senate Bill 342, Pregnancy accommodations (Pregnancy and childbirth discrimination)

  • dictates that employers would have to offer reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees
  • NOTE: the bill was changed to establish an interim study committee

House Bill 1141, Birth control prescriptions

  • Establishes, with specific requirements, that pharmacists can prescribe and distribute hormonal contraceptives & determines that health plans must provide coverage for contraceptives and certain services (with an except for religious nonprofit employers)

House Bill 1130, Leave for miscarriages

  • Provides for two days of unpaid leave for miscarriages

House Bill 1248, Postpartum Medicaid for pregnant women

  • Calls for Medicaid coverage for eligible pregnant women through pregnancy and for the following year (beginning on the last day of pregnancy), regardless of a family’s income changes

Senate Bill 175, Prevention of sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking

  • Establishes requirements for postsecondary educational institutions, including:
    • A comprehensive policy on sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking
    • The designation of confidential advisors to support students who are victims of sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking
    • Develop a taskforce or join an existing taskforce to coordinate in preventing issues such as sexual violence

Senate Bill 116, Human trafficking

  • Removes requirement that payment for human trafficking goes to a third party & increases the penalty for human trafficking if the victim is a minor

House Bill 1160, Consent

  • Defines “consent” for sex crime offenses and dictates that pursuing sex without consent is rape

House Bill 1161, Sexual battery

  • Resolves that an act is considered sexual battery when one person touches another person’s breasts, buttocks, genitals or pubic area for sexual pleasure without consent

House Bill 1088, School Athletics

  • States that person born a male cannot compete in school sports with or against athletes who were born as females

Senate Bill 87, Redistricting Standards

  • Establishes redistricting standards for congressional and state legislative districts

Senate Bill 280, Voting Hours

  • Provides that the polls close at 7 p.m.

Senate Bill 293, Redistricting

  • Establishes procedures for redistricting Indiana’s congressional and legislative districts

House Bill 1221, Poll hours; vote centers

  • Dictates that polls would stay open until 8pm instead of 6pm
  • To change a vote center plan, only a majority of the county election board would have to be present (currently, the law requires a unanimous vote)

House Bill 1089, Protection of Life

  • Repeals the statutes authorizing and regulating abortion

Linda Hanson

A retired English professor at Ball State University, Linda Hanson has devoted much of her time in recent years to the League of Women Voters of Muncie-Delaware County where she serves as our Spokesperson. Linda joined the board for the League of Women Voters of Indiana in 2018. We are very proud to have one of our own serving on the state board.