Erin Houchin in IN legislative records

On Environment: For climate bill compromise by industry & environmentalists "Pence Vetoes" on Indiana Voting Records HB 1082 Apr 4, 2016: A bill that originally would have required "no more stringent" regulations than federal rules was vetoed by Gov. Mike Pence, despite a compromise on the bill agreed to by both industry and environmental groups. Under the compromise on HB 1082, IDEM could propose regulations more stringent than the federal government, but would have been required to report them to the General Assembly. The regulations would not have taken effect until the conclusion of the following legislative session.

Legislative Summary: Passed Senate 48-2-0 on Mar/1/16; Sen. Erin Houchin voted YES; Passed House 65-30-5 on Mar/3/16; vetoed by Gov. Mike Pence.

Source: "Pence Vetoes" on Indiana Voting Records HB 1082 Apr 4, 2016

On Civil Rights: Religious Freedom Act is not about LGBT discrimination

Summary by Kokomo Tribune, Sep 24, 2015:The most hot-button issue of all during the 2015 General Assembly, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was signed in March. Proponents of the bill said it was designed to keep local and state laws from "substantially burdening" the deeply-held religious principles of individuals, businesses or religious institutions. Those against the bill felt it opened a Pandora's box for discrimination against minorities, especially the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered) community. "This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it," Pence said at the time. "For more than 20 years, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act has never undermined our nation's anti-discrimination laws, and it will not in Indiana."

Legislative Summary: Passed House 63-31-5 on Mar/23/2015; Passed Senate 40-8-2 on Mar/24; Sen. Erin Houchin voted YES.

Source: Kokomo Tribune on Indiana Voting Records for bill SB101 Mar 24, 2015

On Education: Supports teaching creation science in public schools

Legislative Summary: SB373: A public secondary school student may receive elective academic credits for released time religious instruction classes.

Summary by Washington Times-Herald, 2/20/19: SB373 introduced sweeping changes to the role religion plays in public schools, opening the door for schools to teach courses on creation science and Bible studies. Under SB373, public high schools would be able to count time spent by a student on optional religious instruction as academic credit.

Columbia Law School update: On Feb. 21, 2019, the Senate Committee on Education & Career Development approved amendments to SB373. The amendments removed the section allowing the governing body of a school corporation to require the teaching of creation science and other theories regarding the origin of life.

Legislative Summary: Passed House 67-26-7 on 4/2/19; Passed Senate 40-8-2 on 4/8; Sen. Erin Houchin voted YES; Signed by Governor on 5/5.

Source: Washington Times-Herald analysis:Indiana voting record SB373 Apr 8, 2019

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