SB 198 broadly expands "rioting" laws in Indiana and establish additional penalties regarding protests, obstruction of traffic, and curfew violations. It would discourage release on bail in some instances for charges during what the law defines broadly as an "unlawful assembly."

Lastly, SB 198 would grant the Indiana Attorney General authority to prosecute cases of individuals accused of committing a criminal offense during an unlawful assembly, in a clear attempt to take power and oversight of local law enforcement away from the very communities they are meant to serve.

The right to protest is critical to a functioning democracy, as it allows the people to hold government accountable and this bill would undoubtedly chill Hoosiers' free speech.

Status

Won: bill did not pass

Position

Oppose