Policy

Business Equity for Indy’s (BEI) Policy Taskforce takes into consideration policies and advocacy opportunities raised by each of BEI’s 3 Ps and subsidiary working groups. Considering these varied perspectives, as well as identifying and supporting key, community-driven efforts for advocacy, BEI’s Policy Taskforce can collectively impact the Black community through its expert government affairs and community leaders.

Indy Chamber’s 2024 Legislative Priorities

In the most recent legislative session, the following are policies and advocacy measure of focus:
  • Expand equitable access to higher education and build work-based pathways to high skill, high wage careers in opportunity industries.
  • Support public transit developments as enablers to growth opportunities for Central Indiana communities. 
  • Explore opportunities to promote minority business startup and expansion opportunities.

BEI Member Companies can join the Policy Taskforce by emailing Taylor Hughes, vice president of policy & strategy at thughes@indychamber.com.

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Recent Legislative Wins

Law Enforcement Accountability

Prevented state takeover of IMPD, preserving police proximity and accountability to the communities they serve. Also preserved the General Orders board structure in Indianapolis, a citizen-governed body that sets police policies and procedures. 

2020

Vaccination

Prevented restriction of employers' ability to set policy on vaccinations for their workplace to ensure continued uptake of COVID vaccines, especially for disproportionately impacted populations of color. 

2021

Diversity Education

Successful in making Indiana one of the only conservative states in the nation to prevent passage of "anti-CRT" laws restricting the teaching of truth in K-12 classrooms. 

2022

Postsecondary & Health Investment

  • Postsecondary: Successful passage of automatic enrollment legislation to the 21st Century Scholars program, which will vastly expand access to postsecondary education for students of color. 
  • Health Investment: $350M invested over the biennial state budget in the expansion of public health and mental health services, a critical step toward adequate resources for preventative care for the most vulnerable populations of the Hoosier State. 
2023

Event

Indy Chamber Policy Summit - July 25, 2023

Attend Indy Chamber’s annual Policy Summit, the premier opportunity for Central Indiana business leaders to interact with policy makers and forge solutions to to advance racial equity throughout the Indy region.

Resources and Recommendations

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