Nov. 2, 2017
Representatives from Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation participated in a town hall style event with Sen. Jeff Raatz, R-District 27, and students at Earlham College Friday, October 27.
Senator Raatz and IFCL lobbyist Dr. Bill Chapman led discussion of a number of topics including education, voter registration, redistricting, alcohol sales, the opioid crisis, student First Amendment issues and citizen engagement for 90 minutes. Both Sen. Raatz and Dr. Chapman emphasized the importance of building positive relationships between lawmakers and citizens.
More than 1200 bills were introduced at the beginning of the 2017 legislative session. Sen. Raatz said information from constituents is welcome as he studies each bill.
Dr. Chapman explained that IFCL focuses on traditional Quaker values and issues as the policy committee reviews new bills to follow.
Other IFCL members described experiences at the legislature and encouraged students to become engaged citizens and discover the satisfaction of participation in government.