Legislation & Advocacy

Our advocacy work is just one of the ways that we advance civil liberties in our state. We spend a significant amount of time engaging in the legislative process, monitoring key civil liberty issues and talking with Indiana legislators to ensure the protection of Hoosiers' rights. We aim to support bills that strengthen our rights guaranteed under the Constitution and defeat bills that threaten them. But we cannot do this work without you. Please use the tools and resources below to engage in the 2021 legislative session and to help us defend civil liberties!
 
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BILL TRACKER

This bill tracker is being continuously updated. Check back often for updates!

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SB 200: Noncompliant prosecuting attorney

This bill gives the Indiana Attorney General the power to request the appointment of a special prosecutor in cases in which a county prosecutor has used their lawful discretion not to prosecute. This bill would not only undermine the prosecutor’s authority but also the voter’s power to hold prose

March 8, 2021 Smart Justice

HB 1202: Sentencing

This bill would provide a clear and understood path for certain incarcerated Hoosiers to retroactively apply for consideration of release based on current sentencing guidelines if their offense was committed prior to July 1, 2014, the date on which sentencing reform took effect. Therefore, HB 120

March 8, 2021 Smart Justice

HB 1340: Human immunodeficiency virus

This bill updates Indiana laws to remove outdated language that unnecessarily stigmatizes and criminalizes people who are HIV positive. It also removes a number of additional legal penalties suffered by people who live with HIV and removes barriers to testing and care.

February 11, 2021 LGBTQ Rights Project

SB 353: Various Election Law Matters

This bill prohibits the Governor and Indiana Election Commission from enacting election changes. SB 353 is a clear pushback against changes enacted during the 2020 Indiana primary elections.

February 11, 2021 Voting Rights

SB 368: Juvenile Justice

This multi-issue bill promotes commonsense policies designed to confront systemic racism in the juvenile justice system and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. This bill would help ensure that children are not held in adult facilities while awaiting trial, it would also create Indiana’s first

February 4, 2021 Smart Justice