Bill Watch 2017

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Our 2017 Legislative Agenda

[Highest priorities are denoted in italics below.]

billwatch2017_11. Better Safeguard our Air & Water: Secure higher levels of funding for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, which works to ensure that chemicals don’t contaminate your air, soil, and water. Learn more about our views regarding what HB 1001, the bi-annual budget bill, should contain here.

 

 

billwatch2017_22. Foster Eco-Friendly Infrastructure: Step up investment in Indiana’s bus systems, Hoosier State Rail line, and lead-free water infrastructure

 

 

 

billwatch2017_33. Strengthen our Wilderness Areas and Greenways System: Achieve sustainable, new sources of funding to enhance the quality and quantity of our natural areas, protect old forest areas that are free from logging in our state forests, and expand Indiana’s system of greenways and trails. Learn more about protecting old forest areas here.

 

billwatch2017_44. Defend Indiana’s Solar Incentives: Ensure that Indiana continues to be a state that allows its citizens to affordably and easily generate their own carbon-free, pollution-free, solar energy.  Learn more about the highly controversial SB 309 — and take action here!

 

 

billwatch2017_55. Promote Sustainable Food Systems: Push back against legislation (HB 1494) that would seriously undermine Indiana’s already weak safeguards towards factory farms; details are here.   Accelerate the ability for Indiana state government to encourage the opening of stores serving fresh, local, and organic fruits and vegetables for Hoosiers in Indiana’s food deserts

 

During the legislative session, HEC feels it is of utmost importance to keep citizens informed and engaged. For this reason, we have our Greening Your Community initiative, which aspires to be a statewide network of house parties and gatherings where we can update communities on pending legislation and other important environmental issues. To learn more – and perhaps even host one yourself! – please click here.

To get even more involved, please consider joining our volunteer program, the HEC Environmental Advocates. For more information and upcoming trainings, please click here.

For more information on how to be an effective advocate, please review our Legislative Advocacy Guide here.

For a list of Third House Meetings, where you can meet with your legislators in your own hometown and discuss issues important to you, please see the table below.

City/CountyDateTimeAddressRegistration Link
Bartholomew County/ Columbus2/13/20177:30 - 9:00 amCity Hall, 123 Washington Street 2nd Floor, Cal Brand Meeting Roomhttp://columbusarea.chambermaster.com/events/details/third-house-session-2017-02-13-2017-1515
Bartholomew County/ Columbus2/27/20177:30 - 9:00 amCity Hall, 123 Washington Street 2nd Floor, Cal Brand Meeting Roomhttp://columbusarea.chambermaster.com/events/details/third-house-session-2017-02-27-2017-1517
Bartholomew County/ Columbus3/6/20177:30 - 9:00 amCity Hall, 123 Washington Street 2nd Floor, Cal Brand Meeting Roomhttp://columbusarea.chambermaster.com/events/details/third-house-session-2017-03-06-2017-1518
Bartholomew County/ Columbus3/20/20177:30 - 9:00 amCity Hall, 123 Washington Street 2nd Floor, Cal Brand Meeting Roomhttp://columbusarea.chambermaster.com/events/details/third-house-session-2017-03-20-2017-1520
Bartholomew County/ Columbus3/27/20177:30 - 9:00 amCity Hall, 123 Washington Street 2nd Floor, Cal Brand Meeting Roomhttp://columbusarea.chambermaster.com/events/details/third-house-session-2017-03-27-2017-1521
Bartholomew County/ Columbus4/3/20177:30 - 9:00 amCity Hall, 123 Washington Street 2nd Floor, Cal Brand Meeting Roomhttp://columbusarea.chambermaster.com/events/details/third-house-session-2017-04-03-2017-1522
Bartholomew County/ Columbus4/10/20177:30 - 9:00 amCity Hall, 123 Washington Street 2nd Floor, Cal Brand Meeting Roomhttp://columbusarea.chambermaster.com/events/details/third-house-session-2017-04-10-2017-1523
Bartholomew County/ Columbus4/17/20177:30 - 9:00 amCity Hall, 123 Washington Street 2nd Floor, Cal Brand Meeting Roomhttp://columbusarea.chambermaster.com/events/details/third-house-session-2017-04-17-2017-1524
Bartholomew County/ Columbus4/24/20177:30 - 9:00 amCity Hall, 123 Washington Street 2nd Floor, Cal Brand Meeting Roomhttp://columbusarea.chambermaster.com/events/details/third-house-session-2017-04-24-2017-1525
Boone County/
Lebanon
2/11/20177:30 - 8:30 amWitham Health Services, North Pavilion Community Room, 2705 N. Lebanon St, Lebanonhttp://myemail.constantcontact.com/Boone-County-Chamber-E-Newsletter-January-3--2017.html?soid=1101825906426&aid=W8MCSwmFV4I
Boone County/
Zionsville
3/11/20177:30 - 8:30 amHussey Mayfield Memorial Public Library,
250 N. 5th St., Zionsville
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Boone-County-Chamber-E-Newsletter-January-3--2017.html?soid=1101825906426&aid=W8MCSwmFV4I
Carroll County3/4/20178:00 - 9:30 amTBDhttp://www.carrollcountychamber.com/
Carroll County4/1/20178:00 - 9:30 amTBDhttp://www.carrollcountychamber.com/
Delaware County/ Muncie2/17/201711:30 am - 1:00 pmSuzanne Gresham Center, 3620 W. White River Blvd, Munciehttp://muncie-delaware.chambermaster.com/events/details/2017-feb-legislative-update-884
Delaware County/
Muncie
3/17/201711:30 am - 1:00 pmSuzanne Gresham Center, 3620 W. White River Blvd, Munciehttp://muncie-delaware.chambermaster.com/events/details/2017-march-legislative-update-885
Delaware County/
Muncie
4/7/201711:30 am - 1:00 pmSuzanne Gresham Center, 3620 W. White River Blvd, Munciehttp://muncie-delaware.chambermaster.com/events/details/2017-april-legislative-update-886
Elkhart County/
Elkhart
3/10/201712:00 - 1:30 pmElkhart Public Library
300 S. Second St,
Elkhart, IN
https://www.elkhart.org/events/event-detail.cfm?id=380&m=2017-03
Elkhart County/
Elkhart
4/7/201712:00 - 1:30 pmElkhart Public Library
300 S. Second St,
Elkhart, IN
https://www.elkhart.org/events/event-detail.cfm?id=381&m=2017-04
Elkhart County/
Goshen
2/18/20178:00 - 9:00 amGoshen Chamber of Commerce, 232 South Main St., Goshen, IN 46526http://business.goshen.org/Events/details/third-house-16337
Elkhart County/
Goshen
3/4/20178:00 - 9:00 amGoshen Chamber of Commerce, 232 South Main St., Goshen, IN 46526http://business.goshen.org/Events/details/third-house-16338
Elkhart County/
Goshen
3/18/20178:00 - 9:00 amGoshen Chamber of Commerce, 232 South Main St., Goshen, IN 46526http://business.goshen.org/Events/details/third-house-16341
Elkhart County/
Goshen
4/1/20178:00 - 9:00 amGoshen Chamber of Commerce, 232 South Main St., Goshen, IN 46526http://business.goshen.org/Events/details/third-house-16342
Elkhart County/
Goshen
4/15/20178:00 - 9:00 amGoshen Chamber of Commerce, 232 South Main St., Goshen, IN 46526http://business.goshen.org/Events/details/third-house-16345
Hamilton County/
Carmel and Fishers
3/10/20177:30 - 9:00 amConner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishershttp://web.onezonecommerce.com/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=2694
Hamilton County/
Carmel and Fishers
4/14/20177:30 - 9:00 amConner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishershttp://web.onezonecommerce.com/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=2695
Hancock County/
Greenfield
3/7/20177:30 - 9:00 amHancock Regional Hospital, 801 N State St, Greenfield, IN 46140http://www.greenfieldcc.org/events/Eggs-Issues-Legislative-Breakfast-409/details
Hendricks County/
Danville
2/27/20177:00 - 8:15 amHendricks County 4H Fairgrounds,
North & South Halls,
1900 E Main St, Danville, IN 46122
http://www.4hcomplex.org/calendar
Hendricks County/
Danville
3/27/20177:00 - 8:15 amHendricks County 4H Fairgrounds,
North & South Halls,
1900 E Main St, Danville, IN 46122
http://www.4hcomplex.org/calendar
Hendricks County/
Danville
4/24/20177:00 - 8:15 amHendricks County 4H Fairgrounds,
North & South Halls,
1900 E Main St, Danville, IN 46122
http://www.4hcomplex.org/calendar
Howard County/
Kokomo
3/17/20178:00 - 9:30 amIndiana University Kokomo
2300 S. Washington St.
Kokomo, IN 46902
http://greaterkokomo.chambermaster.com/events/details/legislative-third-house-and-forum-1467
Huntington County2/11/201710:00 - 11:45 amHuntington City-Township Public Library,
255 W. Park Drive, Huntington, IN
http://huntingtoncountychamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/third-house-legislative-session-2282
Johnson County/
Greenwood
3/10/201711:30 am - 1:00 pmValle Vista Golf & Conference Center,
755 East Main Street
Greenwood, IN 46143
http://www.greenwoodchamber.com/events/Legislation-Matters-Luncheon-2375/details
La Porte County3/17/20177:30 - 9:00 am La Porte County Public Library- Main Branch Meeting Room
904 Indiana Avenue, La Porte
http://business.lpchamber.com/events/details/2017-third-house-session-i-march-2695
La Porte County4/21/20177:30 - 9:00 amLa Porte County Public Library- Main Branch Meeting Room
904 Indiana Avenue, La Porte
http://business.lpchamber.com/events/details/2017-third-house-session-ii-april-2696
Madison County/
Anderson
2/13/20178:00 - 9:00 amAnderson Public Library, 111 E 12th St, Anderson, IN 46016http://business.getlinkedmadison.com/events/details/2017-third-house-morning-legislative-session-3431
Madison County/
Anderson
3/13/20176:30 - 7:30 pmAnderson Public Library, 111 E 12th St, Anderson, IN 46016http://business.getlinkedmadison.com/events/details/2017-third-house-evening-legislative-session-03-13-2017-3432
Madison County/
Anderson
4/10/20178:00 - 9:00 amAnderson Public Library, 111 E 12th St, Anderson, IN 46016http://business.getlinkedmadison.com/events/details/2017-third-house-morning-legislative-session-3433
Montgomery County/
Crawfordsville
3/4/20178:00 - 9:00 amWabash College, Detchon Hall, 301 W Wabash Ave, Crawfordsville, IN 47933http://crawfordsvillechamber.com/
Montgomery County/
Crawfordsville
4/8/20178:00 - 9:00 amWabash College, Detchon Hall, 301 W Wabash Ave, Crawfordsville, IN 47933http://crawfordsvillechamber.com/
Posey County3/11/20179:00 - 11:00 amPoseyville Community Center,
25 W. Fletchall Ave.
Poseyville, IN 47633
http://members.swinchamber.com/events/details/posey-county-alliance-meet-your-legislators-poseyville-03-14-2015-1635
Shelby County/
Shelbyville
3/10/201711:30 am - 1:00 pmMaxim Events
1415 East Michigan Road, Shelbyville
http://www.shelbychamber.net/events/details/march-legislative-luncheon-3064
Shelby County/
Shelbyville
5/19/201711:30 am - 1:00 pmMaxim Events
1415 East Michigan Road, Shelbyville
http://www.shelbychamber.net/events/details/may-legislative-luncheon-3070
St. Joseph County/
South Bend
2/24/201712:00 - 1:00 pmThe History Museum, 808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601http://web.sbrchamber.com/events/Third-House-Meeting-2091/details
St. Joseph County/
South Bend
3/24/201712:00 - 1:00 pmThe History Museum, 808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601http://web.sbrchamber.com/events/Third-House-Meeting-2092/details
Tippecanoe County/
Greater Lafayette
2/18/20177:30 - 9:30 amHoliday Inn Lafayette-City Centre
515 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
http://web.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/events/Third-House-4319/details
Tippecanoe County/
Greater Lafayette
3/4/20177:30 - 9:30 amHoliday Inn Lafayette-City Centre
515 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
http://web.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/events/Third-House-4320/details
Tippecanoe County/
Greater Lafayette
3/18/20177:30 - 9:30 amHoliday Inn Lafayette-City Centre, 515 South St, Lafayette, IN 47901http://web.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/events/Third-House-4322/details
Tippecanoe County/
Greater Lafayette
4/1/20177:30 - 9:30 amHoliday Inn Lafayette-City Centre, 515 South St, Lafayette, IN 47901http://web.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/events/Third-House-4321/details
Tippecanoe County/
Greater Lafayette
4/15/20177:30 - 9:30 amHoliday Inn Lafayette-City Centre, 515 South St, Lafayette, IN 47901http://web.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/events?month=4&Year=2017
Vanderburgh County/
Evansville
2/11/20179:00 - 11:00 amVanderburgh County 4H Fairground Expo Center
201 E. Boonville-New Harmony Road
Evansville, IN 47725
http://members.swinchamber.com/events/details/legislator-cracker-barrel-session-3248
Vanderburgh County/
Evansville
3/11/20179:00 - 11:00 amVanderburgh County 4H Fairground Expo Center
201 E. Boonville-New Harmony Road
Evansville, IN 47725
http://members.swinchamber.com/events/details/legislator-cracker-barrel-session-3248
Vanderburgh County/
Evansville
4/8/20179:00 - 11:00 amVanderburgh County 4H Fairground Expo Center
201 E. Boonville-New Harmony Road
Evansville, IN 47725
http://members.swinchamber.com/events/details/legislator-cracker-barrel-session-3248
Vigo County/
Terre Haute
3/10/20178:00 - 9:00 amTerre Haute Chamber of Commerce
630 Wabash Ave., Suite 105
Terre Haute, IN 47807
http://www.terrehautechamber.com/events/?event_id=46
Vigo County/
Terre Haute
4/14/20178:00 - 9:00 amTerre Haute Chamber of Commerce
630 Wabash Ave., Suite 105
Terre Haute, IN 47807
http://www.terrehautechamber.com/events/?event_id=47
Vigo County/
Terre Haute
5/12/20178:00 - 9:00 amTerre Haute Chamber of Commerce
630 Wabash Ave., Suite 105
Terre Haute, IN 47807
http://www.terrehautechamber.com/events/?event_id=48