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Redistricting Bill Advances

February 28, 2019

Phil Goodchild

Well, we’re halfway there.  Last week, SB 105, the redistricting standards/criteria bill that IFCL has been lobbying for, passed out of the Indiana Senate 26-23.  It now moves over to the House, where the hearing process starts anew.  If only we can motivate them…
The House has been slow to act on redistricting reform.  Despite a positive recommendation from an 18-month study committee in 2016, the House has not to date advanced, or even taken a vote, on reform.  We must encourage the House to do right by Hoosiers and take action this year, before it’s too late.  
For this purpose, the redistricting coalition IFCL has been working with is holding a press conference on Thursday, March 7th at 3:30pm with legislators, civic leaders, and coalition spokespeople.  The purpose of the event is to urge House Elections Committee Chairman Tim Wesco to give SB 105 a hearing and vote in his committee.  We’ll also call on Speaker Brian Bosma to back up his support for redistricting reform by using his leadership position to ensure that the House take action on redistricting reform this year.  The press conference will be on the 3rd floor of the State House, in the south atrium. 
And you’re invited!  If you believe Hoosiers deserve a full and fair debate on redistricting reform in both legislative chambers this year, please come to this event.  Together, our presence will lend weight to our message!
Please contact Phil Goodchild (goodch713@aol.com; 317-790-9054) or Ed Morris (emorri@earthlink.net; 317-691-5542) with any questions.  Thank you for your support.




Prescription drug pricing study bill advances from health committee

Feb. 11, 2019

The prescription drug pricing study bill HB 1029 passed the House health committee last week 11-0 and is set to be voted on in the House Feb. 11, and it is expected to pass. 

There were several media stories in advance and some moving, powerful testimony from patients and an MD about the trauma caused by crazy-high insulin prices. 

The same approach is planned for the Senate.

The action ask is the same as it has been: push out the online petition asking for Indiana General Assembly action –it has 800-plus signatures now: https://www.change.org/p/let-hoosiers-be-heard-on-prescription-drug-pricing

Thanks to all for your advocacy this session!

Fran Quigley 

Fran.quigley.ifcl@gmail.com




Several bills hope to protect environment

Feb. 1, 2019

Environmental Policies that IFCL supports:

Protecting Hoosiers from unregulated confined feeding operations that affect water and air quality.

Animals are being raised in extremely tight spaces. Not only is it unhealthy for the animals, management of their waste is currently poorly regulated. HB 1378 offers reasonable guidelines to protect downstream and downwind areas from water and air bacterial contamination. Urge your legislator to have this bill heard.

Protecting our water and streams

SB4 is a good bill that is moving forward. SB 4 will establish the first-ever water planning in Indiana. Both SB 4 and HB 1438 will require audits of water loss from drinking water systems, which should help prioritize infrastructure projects to stop leaks and conserve water.Construction practices can affect water quality by allowing sediment and run-off to clog streams. HB 1266 and HB 1531 would reduce local control in ways that could increase sediment pollution. We do not support these bills

Protecting our natural resources

HB 1376: Indiana Outdoor Stewardship Act will help provide funding for land acquisition for outdoor uses.
Questions have been raised recently about how timber management of state forests is determined. SB 610 calls for a State Forest Commission and Management plan.

There are many good bills that may not get a hearing before the deadline in the 3rd week of February.

Supporting Redistricting Reform

Having a supermajority of one party decreases the vitality of our democracy; citizens can feelthat their vote isn’t important and one party can determine the direction of legislation withlittle input or restraint from another point of view. There are several bills addressing redistricting reform. Unfortunately, none of them have yet been heard. SB 91 calls for an independent redistricting concern and IFCL supports this.

Reducing barriers to solar energy

Coal burning endangers the health of Hoosiers by increasing rates of asthma, preterm births, cardiovascular disease and heavy metal contamination of our groundwater. Last year a bill was passed that discourages residents, companies and schools from installing solar collection systems and selling back kilowatts generated to the local utility. Support SB 430 which would eliminate this restriction. Additionally, HOAs can limit solar installation. HB 1331 removes unreasonable restrictions on homeowners who want to install solar collection systems on their property. SB 205 needs to be heard. It proposes that SPEA be commissioned to study environmental policies.

For more information on any of these issues, go the the Hoosier Environmental Council’s 2019Bill watch page. https://www.hecweb.org/billwatch2019/

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Redistricting Reform Legislative Update

Februrary 2, 2019

IFCL has been working with the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting at the Statehouse this January to pass redistricting reform. Senator John Ruckelshaus has introduced SB 91, which is the coalition’s bill to create a citizens redistricting commission for Indiana. So far, we have not gotten a commitment from the Chair of the Senate Elections Committee, Senator Greg Walker, to hear this bill. With some encouragement from folks around the state, he is more likely to give our bill a hearing and vote. 

Please contact Senator Walker today by clicking on this link from Common Cause Indiana. https://actionnetwork.org/letters/senator-walker-give-us-a-hearing/?link_id=1&can_id=df9c01001f16dee04d57a3d43dd997ef&source=email-redistricting-reform-cant-wait&email_referrer=email_475631&email_subject=redistricting-reform-cant-wait.

In addition, the coalition recently released the following, a letter to Indiana legislative leaders to back SB 91 as well as another citizen redistricting commission bill, HB 1011.  

“(INDIANAPOLIS, IN)- Ten public interest organizations — representing tens of thousands of Hoosiers — have issued a united call to the leaders of the Indiana Senate and Indiana House of Representatives to hear — and support — citizens redistricting commission reform bills this session.

SB 91, filed by Republican Senators Ruckelshaus (Indianapolis), Bohacek (Michiana Shores), and Ford (Terre Haute), as well as HB 1011, filed by Republican Representatives Torr (Carmel) and Clere (New Albany), would both bring about citizens redistricting commissions. Such a Commission, led by a politically balanced team of citizens, would be similar to Commissions in a growing number of states that aim to draw state legislative and Congressional maps that are colorblind to party affiliations, keep local government boundaries together, and stay in compliance with state and federal civil rights law.

More than 25 local governments in Indiana have adopted resolutions calling for a citizen-led redistricting commission for Indiana. “There is a groundswell out there for reform,” states Debbie Asberry of the League of Women Voters of Indiana. “Citizens know full well that very low levels of voter turnout and civic engagement are tied to the way that we draw districts in Indiana — where elections feel like foregone conclusions because they are drawn to favor one political party or another.”

“Legislative leaders have acted with foresight on some of the leading issues facing our state in the recent past,” notes Jesse Kharbanda of the Hoosier Environmental Council. “Time is running out for our legislature to act on the leading issue of redistricting reform. If we fail to act in the 2019 session, we may have to wait another ten years before we have another shot at creating fairer maps for Indiana. Much is at stake for voter and civic involvement.”

“Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, and Utah are some of the states that recently enacted redistricting reforms. We have many models to follow – and states like Indiana can otherwise create our own path. But we must act. President Pro Tem Bray, Speaker Bosma, Leader Lanane, and Leader GiaQuinta, please do everything possible to see that reform bills are heard, receive votes, and become law,” intones Julia Vaughn of Common Cause Indiana.

Organizations who have signed on to the letter to legislative leaders include: League of Women Voters of Indiana, Common Cause Indiana, Women4Change Indiana Action Fund, Hoosier Environmental Council, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network, Earth Charter Indiana, Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation, and The Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch 3053.”

Finally, next week will be an important one for the campaign to end gerrymandering in our state. Legislation to create a set of public interest standards for redistricting, SB 105, will get a hearing in the Senate Elections Committee on Monday, February 4. SB 105, sponsored by Senator Greg Walker, isn’t everything necessary for a fair and impartial redistricting process in Indiana, but it is an important piece of the puzzle. Coalition activists will be at the hearing to testify in support of this bill and to urge lawmakers to add amendments to make it stronger. We will also testify to the need to address not only HOW districts are drawn, but also WHO draws the maps — and will continue to call for the creation of a citizens redistricting commission with SB 91. If you’re not able to join us in person next week, you can watch the Senate Elections Committee hearing here: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2019/meeting/watchlive/983fe2e2-7f7d-4669-ab80-36ddf4ca5bd5/?link_id=0&can_id=36ca9639678bd01d46e6e6b351e410bd&source=email-youre-invited-redistricting-reform-lobby-day-on-feb-4th&email_referrer=email_486080&email_subject=youre-invited-redistricting-reform-lobby-day-on-feb-4th

Time is running out for redistricting reform. Contact IFCL to learn how you can help build support for reform in your community.




Indianapolis Thrive Plan

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Indianapolis is on the brink of an historic step and needs your help now to make it a reality. Incorporating input from nearly a year of public meetings, the City has drafted a sustainability and climate resilience plan! If there is a good show of support, the plan, which is called Thrive Indianapolis, will be finalized and move toward implementation.

The Hoosier Environmental Council has been helping to coordinate a coalition of public interest organizations to carefully review the City’s draft Thrive Plan. The Plan has many good steps forward in the realms of renewable energy, public transportation, recycling, and natural resources. That being said, the City’s Plan could aspire to more ambitious yet feasible goals, especially given the serious conclusions of state and federal climate change reports.

The coalition mentioned above developed the following 5 goals that would take the Thrive Plan to the next level:
Indianapolis, community wide, is 100% powered by renewable energy by 2030
There is environmental justice such that all parts of the City have clean air, water, soil, healthy food, and protection from flooding
All residents are within a 15-minute walk of public transit and of a public green space, park, or trail.
Community-wide solid waste generation is reduced 30% by 2030 and a plan is written by 2025 for achieving zero waste.
By 2030, companies and institutions in the City begin implementing their own sustainability plans.

Please take just 2 minutes to add your support for the plan and consider adding a request for one or more of the 5 goals above. The deadline for comments is December 26, 2018.

To add your support:

1.) Go to https://indy.civicomment.org
Then click “Log-in” in the upper right and either log in or create a log in

2.) Next click “Indianapolis Thrive Plan”
This will bring up a special website that shows the whole draft plan and accepts comments.
3.) Click anywhere in the plan to add a comment.
4.) Share this email with your Indianapolis friends and family!
Thank you for taking time to provide input under this very compressed timeline. We wish you a wonderful holiday season!




Arkansas Has Cut 12,000 People off Medicaid in Just Three Months of a Work Requirement!

IFCL is fortunate to have Fran Quigley, Director, Health & Human Rights Clinic, Indiana University McKinney School of Law, joining our lobbying effort in a volunteer capacity.

See his concern about the future of the Healthy Indiana Plan below.

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Dear Friends,

Below is a new report with a stark reminder of what is at stake if Governor Holcomb succeeds in imposing his planned red-tape work requirement on Hoosiers who rely on the Healthy Indiana Plan for their healthcare:

Arkansas has already cut 12,000 people off of healthcare in just the first three months of rolling out their work requirement.

We know well the consequence of Hoosiers losing access to care. Many of our neighbors will suffer, and some of them will die: http://www.pnhp.org/excessdeaths/health-insurance-and-mortality-in-US-adults.pdf

Thanks to all of you who have pushed out the petition online and in-person: the online version now has well over 700 signatures. But please:

Consider another year-end push on social media and in-person to share the petition. It is online at https://www.change.org/p/stop-hip-work-requirements-that-take-health-care-from-indiana-s-people

Make plans to join us in the Statehouse in January to deliver the petition and the signatures to the Governor. More details coming soon.

Thank you for all your work to protect Hoosiers’ access to lifesaving healthcare,

Fran

Fran Quigley
PFAM: People of Faith for Access to Medicines, www.pfamrx.org, (317) 750-4891
Also: Director, Health & Human Rights Clinic, Indiana University McKinney School of Law




News Article On Indiana Redistricting

IFCL works with the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting for this important reform. The coalition is holding a rally at 12:30pm on Tuesday, November 20 — Organization Day — on the Capitol Street side of the Statehouse. The purpose is to motivate legislators to take up redistricting reform in the coming session. Our elected officials continue to assure us that Hoosiers really don’t care about this issue. To the contrary, as this recent column from the South Bend Tribune illustrates, redistricting reform is gathering momentum all over the state. Come join your fellow Hoosiers at the rally next Tuesday.

https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/opinion/our_opinion/our-opinion-a-vote-for-redistricting-reform-in-indiana/article_c72b749f-ec65-5131-bdb6-898875c0052e.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share




Join Us For A Redistricting Rally

Looking for ways to engage and make a difference after the recent midterm elections? Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation (IFCL) is part of a coalition working for redistricting reform in Indiana, and you can participate. Join us for a rally organized by the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting to let legislators know that 2019 is the year for redistricting reform in Indiana. The rally will be on Tuesday, November 20 at 12:30pm on the Capitol Street side of the Statehouse. The father of gerrymandering, Elbridge Gerry, will make a special appearance, and there’ll be a brass jazz combo, all to send an upbeat message: Hoosiers want fair redistricting for the state legislature and congressional districts. In addition, you can sign a petition at www.allinfordemocracy.org encouraging Gov. Holcomb to put redistricting reform high on his legislative agenda next session. If you have any questions, please contact Phil Goodchild (goodch713@aol.com; 317-790-9054).




Looking Toward the 2019 Legislative Session

August 16, 2018

As IFCL looks toward the 2019 legislative session, we face several changes and challenges.

Bill Chapman, IFCL clerk since 2015 and lobbyist for the 2017 and 2018 sessions, has decided it is time for him to leave IFCL.

Bill has been a positive and persuasive voice for faith-based groups in general and IFCL specifically as he has worked with legislators in a bipartisan spirit to address issues that Quakers support.
In addition to our IFCL group, lawmakers and other lobbyists have appreciated Bill’s passionate effort to promote legislation that benefits all Hoosiers. We thank him for this incredible contribution.

At the August IFCL meeting, members approved Diana Hadley (Plainfield Friends Meeting) as clerk and Phil Goodchild (First Friends Indianapolis Meeting) as recording clerk for the next two-year period.

The coming legislative session is a revenue session. Myriad draft bills will be offered and debated at the Statehouse, representing great opportunity for input on issues of concern to Quakers and other people of faith. Now more than ever, IFCL needs the involvement of spirit-led people in its efforts to help shape responsible decisions by our state government. We invite your participation, at whatever level you feel called.

As IFCL identifies and researches issues of particular focus for the 2019 session, note meeting dates below.

Future meetings at First Friends Indianapolis:
Sept 15: Full IFCL Committee Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Oct. 6: Full IFCL Committee Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 3: Policy Committee Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Quaker Connections and Fundraising Meeting, 10:00 a.m.
Dec. 1: Full IFCL Committee Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

Feel welcome to contact Diana Hadley dhadley@franklincollege.edu or Phil Goodchild goodch713@aol.com with questions or suggestions regarding IFCL initiatives.




Krista Detor – free concert Saturday, July 14 supporting IFCL

Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation
For Immediate Release
6/13/2017

Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation is excited to sponsor a free concert Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 P.M., the final evening of the 2018 Western Yearly Meeting sessions.

This is the second year that IFCL will sponsor such an event for Western Yearly Meeting.

This time singer/songwriter Krista Detor will share her musical gifts.

Detor has conducted songwriting seminars, performances and presentations at universities, outreach organizations and arts centers throughout the world, including Ireland’s prestigious IMRO performing rights organization. In February, 2015, she was Artist-in-Residence at the renowned Hedgebrook foundation. In addition, Detor began a series of intergenerational songwriting workshops and performances in 2013, ‘Time Travels,’ pairing seniors with younger participants, resulting in collaborative performance projects in conjunction with Bloomington, Indiana’s Creative Aging Festival.

Krista conducted the first of her signature cross-cultural collaborations, along with Dr. Rod C. Taylor, in Northern Ireland, May, 2017 – taking 14 songwriters on an immersive, 10-day songwriting retreat. In 2018, she & Dr. Taylor will return to Ireland with a group of songwriters, in addition to hosting six Northern Irish writers for a similar experience in the U.S. in the fall. She continues to tour the U.S., U.K., and Europe. She’s shared stages with Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, Joan Armatrading, Loudon Wainwright, The Neville Bros. and Suzanne Vega, among many others.

Krista lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and can be found on all social networking sites and at KristaDetor.com.
Friends and friends of Friends are welcome to enjoy Krista’s evening of musical fellowship in the Western Yearly Meetinghouse at 301 South East Street, Plainfield, IN 46168.

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Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation
1723 Ramsey Lane Plainfield, IN 46168

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