1/6 Weekly Legislative Update

Happy New Year, Indivisibles!

Check out Countable’s recap of the 2019 legislative year



Congress will return from holiday recess today, January 6th. Their list of priorities hasn’t been published yet, we’ll keep you updated! In the meantime, here’s what else is going on:

Blocking Funds to Attack Iran 
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on Friday to introduce legislation that “blocks Pentagon funding for any unilateral actions” taken by President Trump “to wage war against Iran without congressional authorization.”

Roe v. Wade Before the Supreme Court?
39 Republican senators and 168 representatives signed an amicus brief on Thursday asking the Supreme Court to revisit and potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, which protects the right for women to seek an abortion.


Important dates for redistricting:

January 6th: Press Conference at the Statehouse
The All IN for Democracy Coalition will be joined by Senators John Ruckelshaus, J.D. Ford, and others, at a press conference on opening day of the 2020 legislative session to announce the introduction of legislation to make the redistricting process more transparent and open to public participation. 

January 16th: Redistricting Lobby Day at the Statehouse
Details still in the works. Keep an eye on All IN’s Facebook Page for more details and to participate, and don’t stop calling your State MOCs! All the information you need to make your case can be found on our special edition of the Update you received on December 12th. If you need another copy just let us know!

A parks advocacy group says U.S. Steel’s revised consent decree doesn’t ensure protections for Indiana Dunes National Park.  (Indiana Public Media)

Conservative religious groups are planning to appeal an Indiana judge’s ruling that canceled a trial challenging limits on the state’s religious objections law that were signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence  (Associated Press)

With Indiana lawmakers back this week, we sat down with Republican State Senator John Ruckleshaus to talk about the issues lawmakers to plan to tackle,  (Indy Politics)