Attorney General Todd Rokita: “Progress was made, but there is more work to be done”

INDIANA – Today Attorney General Todd Rokita recognized the efforts of the Indiana General Assembly’s work during the 2022 legislative session.

Todd Rokita

“The liberties of Hoosier families are better protected due to new laws that provide constitutional carry, bail restrictions for violent offenders, and mandatory school board public comment,” said Attorney General Rokita. “My office worked with stakeholders toward these victories. Progress was made, but there is more work to be done.”

“Despite numerous attempts of opponents to kill the bill when it arrived in the Senate, Sen. Eric Koch diligently defended the rights of law-abiding gun owners in passing Constitutional Carry.  I am thankful for his partnership as we worked to defend the Second Amendment and pass this legislation. It is critical that Gov. Holcomb sign HEA1296 without delay,” said Attorney General Rokita.

Attorney General Rokita praised the particular protection of women’s liberties, noting the successful outcome of HEA 1217, which passed with bipartisan support to protect women from being coerced into abortion, and HEA 1041, which protects females in youth sports.

“Parents finally have the right to be heard with the passage of HEA1130. Many were surprised, as I was, to learn that the law did not require elected school boards to take public comment during their meetings. We included that information in the Parents’ Bill of Rights, along with other gaps that may hinder a parent’s ability to interact with their children’s education,” said Attorney General Rokita. “The legislature has now corrected this deficiency, but there is still much more work to be done to ensure parents have the ability to raise their children according to Hoosier values.”

Other legislative accomplishments for which Attorney General Rokita advocated are:

  • SEA 388: requires the disclosure of gifts from foreign entities to higher education institutions
  • HEA 1193: allows Hoosier communities to better manage the money received from the opioid settlement (see Attorney General Rokita’s previous statement on this here)