University Coalition Formed
Last Sunday, Hoosier Youth Advocacy presented its Legislative Strategy outline for the upcoming 2012 session of the Indiana General Assembly to leadership from three of Indiana’s largest student governments. Student government presidents and their teams from Purdue, University of Southern Indiana, and Indiana University met to exchange ideas and discuss advocacy techniques with members of HYA’s legislative team on IUPUI’s campus in Indianapolis. Matt Saddler (Director of Campus Relations), Bennett Fuson (Director of Communications) and Jake Bonifield (President), offered preliminary thoughts on the political climate going into 2012. Purdue and USI have joined forces with the Indiana University Student Association (IUSA) to advance a Lifeline bill aimed at protecting the lives of Indiana college students by encouraging bystanders to seek help during alcohol-related emergencies in exchange for lessened criminal penalties. The initiative is modeled after legislation adopted by legislatures in states such as Texas and Pennsylvania, and would reflect in state law a policy already embraced on campuses across Indiana. HYA looks forward to continuing its work with IUSA in navigating the legislative process and is anxious to begin working with Purdue and USI as we move closer to seeing this ambitious vision reflected in law.