The House Ways and Means Committee is considering House Bill 1073, which provides:
- A method for the public to express their support for transit funding through a referendum;
- Local Home Rule, the role of local government to make decisions in the best interests of the people it serves;
- A method to partially fund mass transit through the flexibility to increase a local option income tax to become a dedicated funding source.
Be aware that the language of the bill could change slightly before the vote and through the legislative process. You can get additional information about the bill and background info here.
Right now, our goal is to demonstrate public support for "yes" votes on HB 1073 so that the House Ways and Means Committee will pass it. This first call to action is focused on those representative (names and contact info below), and it is important we contact every member of the committee.
There are two preferred ways to contact legislators:
The Indiana House switchboard number is 1-800-382-9841. If you call, we suggest you say: "Hello, this is (state your name). I am calling to ask Representative (state his/her name) to vote FOR HB1073 in the Ways and Means Committee. Thank You."
If you happen to be a constituent of the Representative you call, please include that in your statement, simply saying "I am a constituent of Rep. XXX, and I live at XXX"
Please remember, this is a switchboard number. The person who answers the phone does not impact the vote. They are employed by the State and will take your call and record your sentiment. This information is reported to the staff and legislators contacted.
If you email, please keep the email brief. The email will be received by his/her legislative assistant, and likely will be aggregated into a list, to be presented to the legislator en masse. You will likely receive an automatic reply message thanking you for your email and stating that the matter is important and that they will look into it. This is standard practice.
At a minimum please make the same statement as you would in the phone call: "Hello, this is (state your name). I am contacting to ask Representative (state his/her name) to vote FOR HB1073 in the Ways and Means Committee. Thank You." If you happen to be a constituent of the Representative you call, please include that in your statement, simply saying "I am a constituent of Rep. XXX, and I live at XXX"
We encourage you, in your own words, to also share why improved mass transit is important to you and your neighbors, and that you would be willing to pay a bit more in taxes to pay for improved service. If you are constituent, or know the legislator personally, you should mention that. For example you might say: "I am a constituent of yours. I live at XXX. I met you at the Bob Evans restaurant last fall."
If you are willing to let us know once you've made contact, it will help us track our advocacy effort. You can blind copy us at firstname.lastname@example.org on emails or send us a separate email if you've made phone calls. Thank you!
Remember, our main goal at this time is to get a bill approved by the Ways and Means Committee, in order to keep this mass transit proposal alive.
Members of the committee and email addresses are here. The switchboard number to reach all representatives is 1-800-382-9841.
Chair: Representative Jeff Espich email@example.com
Representative Suzanne Crouch firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Bob Cherry email@example.com
Representative Thomas Dermody firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Phyllis Pond email@example.com
Representative Milo Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Jeff Thompson email@example.com
Representative Jim Baird firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Edward Clere email@example.com
Representative Mike Karickhoff firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Rebecca Kubacki email@example.com
Representative Dan Leonard firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Richard McClain email@example.com
Representative Randy Truitt firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Eric Turner email@example.com
Representative Matt Ubelhor firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative William Crawford email@example.com
Representative Mara Candelaria Reardon firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Terry Goodin email@example.com
Representative Clyde Kersey firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Sheila Klinker email@example.com
Representative Win Moses firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Scott Pelath email@example.com
Representative Cherrish Pryor firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Peggy Welch email@example.com
Thank you for your time and effort in taking action. This is the part of our great democratic process in which you can you engage in a meaningful way on an issue that matters to you. We appreciate your support! Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or need additional information.