Secular Coalition for Indiana Monthly Conference Call

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 15:00 - 15:30
Call In Details: 
530-881-1400 code: 978895

 

Secular Coalition for America - Indiana Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Monday, October 15th at 3pm ET

 

Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at Indiana chapter page at secular.org
  • Explanation of conference call style and recording
    • No one is required to speak up, but there will be opportunities to do so.
  • Thank you for joining us for the Secular Coalition for Indiana monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) lobbying organization representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • Based in Washington DC, we are working to make sure that you are heard on Capitol Hill, on the federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state level.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country to bring together secular and nontheistic Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.

 

State Government 

  • Capital city is Indianapolis
  • Governor Mitch Daniels
    • Republican, first elected in 2004, term limited out of running for re-election
    • Candidates: John Gregg and Vi Simpsons (D); Mike Pence and Sue Ellspermann  (R); Ruperty Boneham (L)
    • Latest polls show the Pence ticket ahead
  • Indiana General Assembly
    • In 2012, the General Assembly was in session from January 4 through March 14
    • Indiana State Senate
      • 50 senators serving 4 year terms
      • Republican Party holds a 37-13 majority
      • 25 seats up for election in November
    • Indiana House of Representatives
      • 100 representatives serving 2 year terms
      • Republican Party holds a 60-40 majority
      • All 100 seats up for election in November
  • U.S. Senate
    • The election will fill the seat currently held by Richard Lugar (R). First elected in 1976, Lugar ran for re-election in 2012, but lost to Richard Mourdock in the May 8 Republican primary
    • Polls give Mourdock a slight lead over challenger Joe Donnelly (D)
  • U.S. House of Representatives
    • Indiana's 9 seats in the U.S. house are up for election in November
    • Currently 6 are held by the Republican Party and 3 by the Democratic Party

 

Issues/Events

  • IN HB 1014- Would expand religious refusal laws for health care professionals.
    IN SB 251- Would allow the governing body of a school corporation or the equivalent authority of a charter school to provide for the recitation of the Lord's Prayer at the beginning of each school day.
    IN HB 1050- Would specify requirements for a health care sharing ministry and exempt the ministry from requirements.
  • National issues sweeping the states
    • Reframing discrimination as “religious freedom” or “religious liberty” 
    • Similar authorization of discrimination, this time by medical professionals with “Rights of Conscience” bills
  • Any other issues we should know?


Chapter Model Overview

Wrap Up

 

Next Conference Call Date and Time

  • November 19th at 3pm ET
  • Same call in number and code

 

Contact Information

Thank You!

 

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