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 legilatures 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 2019 legislative session and to help us defend civil liberties!
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Moratorium on Privately Operated Facilities

Summary: This bill prohibits the department of correction from contracting with a private organization for the incarceration of committed persons or immigration detainees. We support legislation, such as SB340, that limits the use of public dollars to imprison people for profit.

January 24, 2019 Smart Justice

Redistricting Standards

Summary: SB 105 would establish a set of legal standards that would guide legislators when drawing new districts.  While the bill is a proactive step, it does not go far enough and does not create an independent redistricting commission.

January 24, 2019 Voting Rights

Voting Rights

In addition to fighting voter suppression and gerrymandering, the ACLU of Indiana advocates for policies that make it easier for Hoosiers to vote.

January 24, 2019 Voting Rights

Student Journalism

Summary: We oppose various definitions throughout this bill as they limit students’ free speech rights in school.

January 24, 2019 Free Speech

Education Matters

Summary: We oppose infringement upon Hoosiers’ rights to religious freedom. SB 373 would require public schools to display a framed picture or poster with the motto, “In God We Trust”.

January 24, 2019 Free Speech

Public Order Offense Enhancement

Summary: We oppose SB 78 as it infringes upon the right to protest, by allowing the court to increase sentencing on an individual found guilty of committing a public order offense while concealing their identity by wearing a mask or face covering.

January 24, 2019 Free Speech

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