2018 Public Policy Issues
State of Indiana:
The Indiana General Assembly began on January 3, 2018.
Hate Crime Law (Bias Crimes Legislation): The FHCCI supports passage of a comprehensive hate crime law. You can read a fact sheet on frequently asked questions on why such a law is needed here.
SB 240 (2018): Emotional support animal restrictions in rental housing and infraction for medical professionals. Provides that a dwelling that is exempt from the Indiana fair housing law is not subject to the requirements applicable to emotional support animals. Defines “emotional support animal”. Specifies who may use an emotional support animal, who may prescribe an emotional support animal, and when an individual may be prescribed an emotional support animal. Provides that an individual with a disability that is not readily apparent who submits a request for an emotional support animal that falsely suggests the individual has a disability that entitles the individual to the use of an emotional support animal in a dwelling commits a Class A infraction.
- Senate Civil Law Committee: To watch the committee hearing, click here and choose January 29 – then scroll to 19:20 mark on the video for the start of the hearing
- Senate Floor Debate and Vote: To watch the Senate floor discussion and vote, click here and choose Tuesday, February 6 – then scroll to the 2:39:15 mark for the start of the debate
- House Judiciary Committee: To watch the committee hearing, click here and choose February 26 – then scroll to 1:23:44 mark on the video for the start of the hearing
- House Floor Debate and Vote: To watch the House floor discussion and vote, click here and choose Thursday, March 1 (part 1) – then scroll to the 1:08:30 mark for the start of the debate