Hi there, Friend!

For those of you who have been following along, you may have noticed a lot of bills that were filed this year are now marked as "dead" because they were either not heard in committee or they did not pass the full chamber of origin by the deadline of earlier this week. Those "surviving" bills have now passed the halfway point, meaning if they were introduced in the Senate and passed the Senate Chamber, they will now move to the House and vice versa. 

Click here to see the full list of 2021 bills. Those that are written in a blue font are the bills that are still alive. The bills written in grey, however, have died this year. 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, and enjoy the warm weather! (Who would have thought it was only last week that we saw so much snow!)


Juvenile Justice

As founding members of the Indiana Coalition for Youth Justice, MCCOY supports any efforts to create a youth justice system that is fair, age- and developmentally-appropriate, and results in the best possible outcomes for Indiana's youth and public safety. 

There are three pending bills before the House and Senate that expand the legal pathways for direct filing children into adult court:

If passed, they will change current law to expand direct file to include gun possession offenses. Though we want to keep guns out of the hands of all children, including this offense would re-establish the second leading driver of children into adult court, an overwhelming majority of whom are black male youth. We oppose this effort and are sending a letter asking legislators to amend these three bills to remove gun possession as a listed offense for direct file. Interested in joining us as a signatory on the letter? Click on the link below!

Good news from the State House

Bad news from the State House

  • HB 1001, "State Budget" has increases for K-12 education, but those increases favor private school vouchers which takes much needed funding away from Indiana public schools. 
  • Governor Holcomb's veto of SEA148 was overridden by both the House and Senate. It now has gone into effect putting Indianapolis renters at higher risk of eviction.
  • The Indiana legislature has failed to pass a comprehensive pregnancy accommodations bill, and instead has voted to support HB 1309, Pregnancy Accommodation, which does not require employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. 
  • HB 1261, "Closed Captioning," failed to pass the full House chamber, which would have required businesses to support our friends who are deaf or hard of hearing by turning closed captioning on their public televisions. This also would have helped children who are learning to read or are learning English as a second language. 

Learning Opportunity!

Lumina Foundation is holding a virtual conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award winner and author of How to Be an Antiracist, Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, and editor of Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019. Dr. Kendi leads the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.

This conversation, facilitated by Lumina Foundation Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Dr. Danette Howard, will explore how racism and inequity are entrenched and advanced through public policy, and how public policy can become a tool for equity and justice.


Marion County Commission on Youth, Inc.
1375 W. 16th Street  | Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
317-921-1266 | info@mccoyouth.org

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