The Latest at the Statehouse
The session may be winding down, but it's still been quite busy at the Statehouse. We are still amplifying the Muslim voice on an array of legislative issues related to criminal, economic and racial justice. We are also working with the Executive branch to make sure they use allocated funds to smooth the transition for our allies from Afghanistan as they become our neighbors.
Here is a quick rundown of our activities in the last couple of weeks:
A Dignified Treatment to Female Inmates
SNAP Feeds Low-Income Hoosiers
We thank our constituents and partnering organizations for putting a big fight to ensure economically disadvantaged Hoosiers continue to have access to SNAP.
Despite this humble win, there are two other bills currently debated on both floors to end the SNAP Emergency Allotments (EA). If either SB3 or HB1001 passes, Hoosiers who rely heavily on SNAP to feed their children will miss out on "$200M in federal benefits to afford healthier food options for their families, purchased at more than 5,000 Indiana retailers."
Our friends at Feeding Indiana's Hungry are urging the Indiana legislature to support an amendment to allow SNAP EA to extend for the duration of the federal public health emergency. Please contact your legislators today using this link and advocate on behalf of more than 600,000 SNAP beneficiaries in our state. Thank you for taking action!
Anti- CRT Bill is Still Considered at the Statehouse
Before the committee hearing, Sen. Linda Rogers (HB1134 sponsor) amended the bill so teachers were no longer required to post list of learning material, there was no requirement for curriculum advisory committees. Also, language requiring schools to be impartial in teaching historical events was removed. The Senate Education and Career Development Committee approved the amended bill. It now moves to the Senate floor for a full vote.
The amendment made HB1134 slightly less terrible, but still included much of the problematic language. It still includes excessive oversight concerning lesson plans, and the anti-Critical Race Theory language. We will continue to fight this bill and try to either get it killed or continue to remove the worst parts.
We need your help again! Urge your senator to vote NO on HB1134 using this link.
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