Monday, January 9, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 legislative session! As in past years, Inside the Statehouse is Indiana Institute for Working Families’ weekly blog series on legislative action in the Indiana General Assembly.

The Institute’s aim is to provide readers with an analysis of legislation in Indiana that may negatively or positively affect Hoosier working families. Guided by the Institute’s 2017 Policy Agenda, which will be released soon, Institute staff will research, track, and testify on bills as they travel through the legislative process – and invite you to do the same.

Each week, Inside the Statehouse will summarize the previous week’s legislative actions and preview what is expected to happen the current week. This year, for the first time, we will be using Hannah News Service, a legislative information service. This new program will allow us to:
·      Generate reports on bills including
o   Bill status
o   News stories related to the issue
o   Current bill status and status history
o   Links to state bill pages
·      Follow changes to Indiana code
·      Compare legislators’ voting records
·      Create communications with legislators to be used by our supporters

Action Alerts may also be sent out if a crucial vote is scheduled for a bill that the Institute supports or opposes. These will inform you of the bill, its consequences or possibilities, and the action you can take. Your voice matters and we need your help. You can receive updates via email.

As the Institute for Working Families fights for good legislation related to the state budget and tax policy, adult education and workforce development, social safety nets, asset development, early childcare education and childcare, paid leave, and family-sustaining wages, let us know which issues matter most to you. Do you have stories of how current policy is helping or hurting Hoosier working families? Is there a policy that has affected your life? Let us know in the comments or send an e-mail to

For more frequent updates, you can like the Indiana Institute for Working Families on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The Institute also welcomes your donations to ensure that working families continue to have a voice at the Statehouse.


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