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LWV Indiana Statement About Recent House Incident

Shawn Barnes | Published on 3/2/2021
The League of Women Voters of Indiana expresses our dismay at the recent display of disrespect on the
floor of the Indiana Statehouse. Members of the Indiana House of Representatives booing their dissent
while Black members spoke of their experience with discrimination is beneath the office of an elected
official and an offense to the voters who elected that legislator.

The League has a time-honored reputation of civil discourse. We welcome thoughtful debate. However
heated, defensive shouting is not in the best interest of Hoosiers or our law-making process.

The League is currently engaged in its own process of discerning our hidden biases and working toward
greater diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly support opportunities to listen and learn. We support
those members of the Indiana House of Representatives who were attempting to explain the context for
legislation on the floor.

League of Women Voters of Indiana
Linda Hanson, Co-President
Barb Schilling, Co-President