a.) On redistricting, "Yes" on SB 326 -- though ask for an "independent redistricting commission" as well
b.) On solar energy, "Yes" on SB 207
c.) On forests: Express your alarm on SB 275's denial of a hearing in the Senate Natural Resources Committee
BACKGROUND ON THESE BILLS
Would create first-ever standards for how we draw legislative maps in Indiana. This will help to create fairer maps and reduce gerrymandering in our state. This bill does not, however, create an independent redistricting commission.
Would reduce Homeowner Association regulations on homeowners seeking to install solar. It has a Committee hearing on Monday, January 29th, but is expected to get a floor vote the week of the 29th.
Would safeguard 30% of our state forests from logging. Despite securing an unprecedented 10 Republican Co-Sponsors and 2 Democratic Co-Sponsors, this bill was denied a hearing by
Senate Natural Resources Committee Chair Sue Glick (R-LaGrange). The stalling of SB 275 is tied to opposition by the Indiana DNR and the state's timber industry, which steadfastly refuse to accept any meaningful public involvement in the management of Indiana's public forests.