IFCL members participate in Organization Day at Statehouse

November 21, 2019

IFCL members Phil Goodchild, Jim Donahue, Ed Morris and Diana Hadley participated in two rallies, Red for Ed Action Day and All In 4 Democracy, at the Indiana Statehouse November 19, 2019.

Estimates as high as 20,000 people joined forces to encourage legislators to address a variety of education issues.

In addition, All In 4 Democracy urged citizens to persuade their legislators to provide a more transparent system for mapping legislative districts.

As the 2020 legislative session approaches, IFCL invites people to share concerns that IFCL might address.

IFCL shares Tim Grimm concert

July 29, 2019

Hoosier singer/songwriter Tim Grimm entertained and inspired those who attended his concert sponsored by IFCL Saturday, July 28, 2019. Grimm’s sons Connor and Jackson added a special treat for the event.

IFCL sponsors Tim Grimm Concert July 27

July 15, 2019

Tim Grimm is a singer-songwriter and actor residing in south-central Indiana. He has released a dozen recordings in the US and Europe, and is known for his rich storytelling sense and his deep love of the rural Midwest. 

His recent release, Heart Land Again, revisits songs from a 20-year-old recording. Grimm infuses them with the conviction of time and with the help of his two musician sons—who were only small boys when the album was first released. Grimm is joined too by his wife Jan—making this the third “Family Band” recording. In 2016, the family released FINDING HOME: Indiana at 200— a recording of original songs from the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Bicentennial production of the same name. In 2017, the Family band released A STRANGER IN THIS TIME— a recording that ended up as the #1 (most played) Album on Folk Radio for the year, and also produced the #1 Song- GONNA BE GREAT. 

Tim grew up in the hills of Brown County and in the town of Columbus (IN), where his parents were teachers. He attended Earlham College (BA) and The University of Michigan (MFA). He has worked extensively in film and television and in regional theatre. Current projects include voicing Eugene Debbs and composing music for an upcoming documentary film on Debbs for WFYI, and acting in a new feature film, SWING SHIFT, portraying actor Richard Jenkins’ brother. 

Tim also leads three different small group tours to Europe each year. THE TURNING POINT tour travels to The Netherlands; BEYOND THE TARTAN Tour travels through Scotland; and INISHFREE MUSIC TOURS travel through three counties of Ireland. The groups average only 8-22 guests per trip and highlight the culture, history and arts of each individual country. Music plays a part in each of the tours as well— both Tim’s music and some of the finest local musicians in the areas. For more information on Tim and these tours, visit

IFCL honors legislators with appreciation award

July 15, 2019

IFCL enjoyed meeting with State Representative Carey Hamilton and State Senator John Ruckelshaus Saturday, July 13. In addition to spending time discussing issues for the next legislative session, IFCL members presented the two legislators with appreciation awards for their support for IFCL priorities during the 2019 General Assembly session.

Diana Hadley, IFCL Clerk, and Ed Morris, IFCL member and constituent of both Hamilton and Ruckelshaus, presented the awards.

IFCL works with coalition to oppose SB 613

April 9, 2019

Emily Ketterer, reporter, interviews IFCL members Jim Donahue, Noell Krughoff, Mary Blackburn, Phil Goodchild, Josh Curry and Beth Henricks after the House Financial Services Committee passed an amended SB 613 Tuesday, April 9.

IFCL continues to oppose this bill with a coalition of nearly 100 service, faith-based and military groups. We urge citizens to contact their State Representatives (See “Find and Contact Your Indiana Legislators” below) to vote against this bill that expands predatory lending when it advances to the House as early as Thursday.

Updates will be made when they are available.

Find and Contact Your Indiana Legislators

Redistricting Reform Rally for SB 105, March 26

March 20, 2019

Phil Goodchild

Time is growing short for meaningful action by the Indiana General Assembly this session on redistricting reform.  SB 105, the redistricting standards bill passed by the Indiana Senate last month, needs a hearing by the House Elections and Apportionment Committee to stay alive this year.

Please join us for a rally and march in Indianapolis on March 26 — “Slay the Gerrymander!”  

See below for more event details. This event is sponsored by All IN for Democracy, the coalition working for redistricting reform of which IFCL has been a part.

Thank you for your interest and activism.

Will SCOTUS Slay the Gerrymander? 

On March 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two partisan gerrymandering lawsuits: one from North Carolina where Republicans used redistricting to their advantage, and one from Maryland where Democrats did the same. It’s time for the Supreme Court to take a stand on this issue — and declare partisan gerrymandering unconstitutional.

If they do, it will absolutely help our efforts to win redistricting reform here in Indiana. As it stands now, without a definitive decision from the highest court in the land, politicians know they can get away with drawing maps that serve political interests,not the public interest. This has to stop.To call attention to the important cases being heard at the Supreme Court on March 26th — and to highlight the need for a hearing and vote on SB105, the redistricting standards bill that passed the Indiana Senate last month — the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting is holding a rally and march for redistricting reform.

WHAT: Rally and march for redistricting reform
WHEN: March 26th at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Federal Courthouse (corner of Ohio and Meridian Streets in downtown Indianapolis)
RSVP: Email Julia at

We’ll meet at noon in front of the Federal Courthouse in downtown Indianapolis — at the corner of Meridian and Ohio Streets — for some brief remarks by activists and legal experts.  Then we’ll march three blocks to the State House to send a message to legislators that Hoosiers want action on redistricting reform this year.I hope you will be able to join us next week to stand in solidarity with the attorneys and activists who have brought this litigation to the nation’s highest court — and to call for Indiana legislators to take action on redistricting reform this year.

IFCL joins coalition against payday lending expansion

March 12, 2019

IFCL has been working with over 60 faith-based, service and military groups to oppose SB 613, an expansion of payday lending services. See the recent update from our partners at Indiana Institute for Working Families

Erin Macey, Senior Policy Analyst, Indiana Institute for Working Families 317-270-0874

Broad Coalition Gathers at Statehouse to Oppose Large-Scale Expansion of Loans at Loansharking Rates in SB 613

Indianapolis, IN – Indiana veterans’ groups, faith leaders, social service agencies, and community advocates gathered Monday at the Statehouse to send a strong message to the Indiana House of Representatives: Reject Senate Bill 613.

Advocates walked through the bill using this chart and offered those present a copy of this bill analysis, noting that while Indiana made an extremely limited exemption to its loansharking law in 2002, SB 613 would open the floodgates to high-cost lending by authorizing multiple larger, longer products outside that 72% cap and even rewriting the definition of loansharking itself. It will also substantially increase the allowable costs on all kind of consumer loans – from auto loans to personal installment to lines of credit and beyond.   

“The bill this year is far worse and more far-reaching than past years,” said retired Brigadier General James Bauerle of the Indiana Military / Veterans Coalition.

In fact, former Department of Financial Institutions regulator Mark Tarpey issued a written statement calling SB 613 “the single most negative piece of consumer credit legislation that I have seen in over 40 years as a former regulator of consumer credit in Indiana.”

Indiana’s current payday lending law – narrow as it is – has already created problems for borrowers like Steven Bramer, Jr. who came to speak at the press conference. “I got myself in a horribly expensive cycle,” Iraq War veteran Bramer told the audience. He called on Indiana lawmakers to reject the even larger loans proposed in SB 613. “I protected you at one point. Now, it is time for you to protect me.”

Outreach Minister Marcie Luhigo from The Creek Church in Indianapolis also shared the story of a Bill and Misty, working homeowners who came to the church for assistance after a cycle of payday loan debt caused them to fall behind on their mortgage and other bills. Bill and Misty finally sought help from the Church’s generous ministry. “We see a lot of Bills and Mistys,” she said.

Leaders representing Episcopal, Catholic, Pentecostal, Muslim, Unitarian, Quaker, and Christian faiths also stood with the coalition. “We are called to address injustice,” said Pastor Tammy Butler Robinson of House of God Church, speaking on behalf of the faith community, “and SB 613 opens doors for lending practices that are unjust and which take unfair advantage of people in desperate circumstances.”  

Social service agencies represented at the press conference expressed concern that SB 613 would increase the workload of these agencies, as many families seek out help only after trying to manage a financial crisis with high-cost debt. “Adding larger, longer term and higher rate loans to vulnerable families will only make their lives, and our work, more difficult,” said Mark Lindenlaub, Executive Director of Thrive Alliance.

President and CEO Tanya Bell of Indiana Black Expo, Inc. put it more simply: “Making loan sharking legal in the guise of helping is absurd.”   

Bell concluded the conference with an appeal, “I urge lawmakers to stop listening to the lenders, and start listening to this coalition. We represent your veterans, your faith based groups, families, your social service agencies and community organizations. And we are ALL telling you to reject SB 613.”


An online file folder with resources, copies of statements, and photos is available here. 

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 (; 317-790-9054) or Ed Morris (; 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:

Thanks to all for your advocacy this session!

Fran Quigley

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.


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