Indiana Statehouse Goes Red for Women

On February 19, Statehouse legislators and advocates joined together to support the American Heart Association’s Wear Red Day. Spearheaded by State Senator Jean Breaux, those in support wore red to help raise awareness for heart disease, the leading cause of death among Hoosiers.

February is American Heart Month and with more than 18,000 Hoosiers dying annually from heart disease or stroke, Indiana legislators wanted to take part in the awareness process. The American Heart Association contends that 80 percent of heart disease is preventable with lifestyle changes such as exercising and eating healthier.

Resolutions were offered at the Statehouse in support of the American Heart Association which attributes a 30 percent decline nationwide in deaths between 2000-2012 to scientific research, medical advances, improved diagnosis and emergency care, increased awareness and lower smoking rates, cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Click here for more information on the American Heart Association and the Indy Go Red Campaign>>

Lanane: Social services should not be profit driven

Assistant Senate Democratic Leader responds to IBM lawsuit order on failed privatization

INDIANAPOLIS-Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement in reaction to today’s order released in Indiana’s lawsuit with IBM over the failed privatization of the state’s social services system:

“As Judge Dreyer conveyed in today’s order, the real losers in this case are the taxpayers of Indiana. With a $52 million judgment, at least $13 million in related legal fees to date and the prospect of a continued legal battle, taxpayers are still funding the fallout of a plan that was clearly misguided from the beginning.

“We also agree with Judge Dreyer that this was an untested theoretical experiment conducted on our most vulnerable citizens. Unfortunately, as the judge notes in his order, there is nothing to be done to ‘remedy the lost taxpayer money or personal suffering of needy Hoosiers.’ But hopefully we can learn from this.

“The lesson to be learned is that social services should be provided by someone who works for the interest of the citizens, not with the goal of profit in mind. The public sector exists, in part, to provide services that are needed but that market competitors find unprofitable.

“Perhaps if it hadn’t taken three years for the Daniels administration to admit problems in a system that was clearly failing, the damages to underserved Hoosiers and these resulting fiscal damages to the taxpayers of the state could have been mitigated. From the early days of this proposal through implementation, warning signs were ignored.

“I hope Indiana leaders – and those in other states – learn from this example of ill-advised public policy and don’t make the same mistake again.”

State Senator Tim Lanane is the Assistant Senate Democratic Leader and represents District 25 in the Indiana Senate. For more information on Lanane or other State Senate business, call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s25.

Week in photos: At the Statehouse January 23rd – 27th

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What’s your community of interest?

The data is in, and now the work begins.

Don’t miss the opportunity to make your voice heard as Indiana’s new legislative and congressional districts are drawn. Learn more about the 2011 redistricting process from Sen. Tim Lanane >>

To help engage citizens in this process, the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC), a joint project of AARP Indiana, Common Cause/Indiana and the League of Women Voters of Indiana, will be hosting a series of public meetings throughout the month of March.

The meetings foster public dialogue on the redistricting process and standards that new districts should be held to, including:

  • Compactness
  • How well they preserve communities of interest
  • Whether or not they protect minority voting rights
  • Extent to which they encourage competitive political races

The ICRC will compile comments from these public meetings and submit them for consideration to the Indiana General Assembly.

Schedule of ICRC Public Meetings

March 3 : Muncie, Kennedy Library 6:30 – 8:30 pm

March 8: New Albany, IU Southeast, University Center North 6:30 – 8:30 pm

March 10: Indianapolis, University of Indianapolis, Switzer Student Center 6:30 – 8:30 pm

March 15: South Bend, Main Library, Multimedia Room 6:30 – 8:00 pm

March 22: Hammond, Purdue-Calumet, Porter Hall, Room 100 6:30 – 8:30 pm

March 24: Fort Wayne, IPFW, Science Building, Room 185 6:30 – 8:30 pm

March 29: Terre Haute, Vigo County Public Library 6:30 – 8:30 pm

March 31: Evansville, Central Library, Browning Room B 6:30 – 8:30 pm

(Printable PDF schedule)

For more information on the ICRC or these meetings, visit www.drawthelineindiana.org or contact Common Cause/Indiana at (317) 925-5780.

AUDIO RELEASE: Democrats protest immigration bill in State Senate

INDIANAPOLIS— On Tuesday, a bill dealing with immigration was approved in the State Senate despite Democrat protests that the legislation encourages racial profiling, will cost the state jobs, and carries a significant financial cost for state and local governments. Senate Bill 590 would establish a number of restrictive provisions such as enabling law officers to verify an individual’s U.S. citizenship with “probable cause” and requiring that only English be used in any public document, including government websites and forms.

Senate Democrats rose strongly in opposition to the bill, citing the chilling consequences it would have on economic development, particularly in the state’s corporate and academic recruitment of high-skilled professionals from around the world.

Senate Bill 590 was approved by a vote of 31-18. It will now go to the House for further consideration.

State Senator John Broden, a Democrat from South Bend, says the bill is a jobs killer that will hurt Indiana’s economy, as recognized by top employers Eli Lilly and Cummins. Sen. Broden also says the local governments will see an unmanageable cost in enforcing the bill.
SEN. BRODEN: “This bill is a jobs killer…”

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SEN. BRODEN: “I think this bill does have a significant fiscal impact…”

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State Senator Tim Lanane, a Democrat from Anderson, outlined a number of requests from Hoosier job-creators urging the legislature to refrain from passing the bill due to a negative impact on business.
SEN. LANANE: “A couple days ago I saw something…”

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State Senator Lonnie Randolph, a Democrat from East Chicago, says the issue should be dealt with on the federal level. He says state legislators should be dealing with the state budget and job creation, not this.
SEN. RANDOLPH: “All of the problems that we’ve got and we want to solve the federal…”

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SEN. RANDOLPH: “We should be ashamed…”

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State Senator Karen Tallian, a Democrat from Portage, says she can’t be quiet while Indiana becomes one of a handful of states to adopt some of the most restrictive and racially controversial measures in the country.
SEN. TALLIAN: “Now we’ve been told that we need this bill…”

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State Senator Greg Taylor, a Democrat from Indianapolis, says that he is concerned about the bill’s potential affect on the new Indianapolis Convention Center.
SEN. TAYLOR: “I care about my convention center…”

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For more information on senate bills or the Senate Democrats visit http://www.senatedemocrats.in.gov.

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Photos: Indiana Statehood Day

Today marked Indiana’s 193rd “birthday” and Statehood Day at the Statehouse! Below are a few photos from today’s festivities:

Students at Indiana Statehood Day 2009

Over 400 Hoosier 4th grade students gathered at the Statehouse today for Indiana’s Statehood Day.

Senator Lanane signs autograph
Students asked legislators for their autographs prior to the ceremony.
Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) signs an autographs for students from Killbuck Elementary in Anderson.

Senator Lanane and Megan Moran
Senator Lanane presents Megan Moran, a 4th-grader from Killbuck Elementary, with a certificate recognizing her 1st place winning essay “What Indiana Means to Me.”  Over 2500 students statewide wrote essays for the competition.

Senator Lanane with Megan Moran and her parents
Senator Lanane joins essay winner Megan Moran and her parents prior to the Statehood Day ceremony at the Statehouse.

Megan Moran reads essay at Statehouse

Megan Moran reads her essay, “What Indiana Means to Me,” during the ceremony at the Statehouse today in front of hundreds of visiting students, including her classmates from Killbuck Elementary School.