INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana campaign manager Katie Blair issued the following statement today after the House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 101, the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act, along a party-line 9-4 vote.
The committee took 2.5 hours of testimony from proponents of the bill; Freedom Indiana and other opponents were given one hour to respond. The committee voted to amend the bill, which means it will have to return to the Senate for further consideration if passed. It now heads to the House floor for second reading, where it can be further amended.
“We’re disappointed that the committee didn’t heed warnings about the unintended consequences this bill will have on Indiana’s economy and Hoosier families.
“We’re encouraged, however, that lawmakers were willing to make changes to improve the bill. We hope they are open to continuing the dialogue about protecting those who will be most negatively affected should Senate Bill 101 become law.
“On behalf of the more than 50,000 people who are part of Freedom Indiana, we will continue to fight this dangerous legislation, and we will make sure our voices are heard.”
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