Senator Donato headshotThe Indiana Senate Republican Caucus recently announced the legislative agenda for the 2021 session.

Senator Stacey Donato said, “My colleagues and I will continue our commitment to maintaining our record of fiscal responsibility by passing the state’s ninth consecutive balanced budget. We are also committed to transparency and public access, including as it pertains to redistricting.”

The senator went on the detail policies they are prioritizing the following policies.

The first policy gives businesses, individuals and health care entities liability protections from COVID-19 lawsuits.
Senate Bill 1 would help protect businesses and individuals by giving them immunity from civil liability for damages resulting from a COVID-19 exposure on their property or during an activity they organized. This immunity does not apply if the party engages in gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct. Likewise, Senate Bill 4 would expand the existing civil liability protections that apply to health care services rendered during a disaster emergency.

The second policy would fully fund students who are virtual due to COVID-19.

Senate Bill 2 would provide full per-student funding for the remainder of the school year to schools who have students learning virtually due to COVID-19.

The third policy would codify telehealth expansions enacted during the pandemic.

Senate Bill 3 would permanently codify many of the expansions in telehealth implemented during the pandemic to ensure that all Hoosiers have access to the health care they need regardless of where they live.

The final policy is ste to improve local government accountability.

Denato said, “Senate Bill 5, which I co-authored, would allow anyone who is subject to a public emergency-related enforcement action under a local health department order to appeal their case to the relevant local legislative body. Many local health departments have acted admirably to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, but the reality is that appointed health departments – rather than local elected officials – are currently able to make enforcement decisions that have a major impact on members of the community. SB 5 would improve public accountability by giving elected officials greater oversight of these decisions.”

Senator Denato closed her press release saying, “To stay up to date on what is happening at the Statehouse during session, visit to view session meetings, committee hearings, calendars, proposed legislation, vote tallies and more.”