Indiana State Rep. Chris Campbell releases 2021 legislative priorities
INDIANAPOLIS – State Representative Chris Campbell (D-West Lafayette) today released her legislative priorities for the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session.
Campbell plans to spend the first year of her second term focused on policies that advance affordable and equitable healthcare, promote justice and help the Hoosier State recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since we adjourned last legislative session, Indiana has faced two concurrent crises that have exacerbated the inequalities that have been a long-lived reality for so many Hoosiers,” Campbell said. “Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, the Indiana General Assembly has a lot of work to do to build back a better and more just society for all. I have chosen to focus my legislative efforts on the following three categories: healthcare, justice and COVID-19 recovery.
“As an audiologist and legislator, getting quality and accessible healthcare for Hoosiers has been a personal passion of mine. I want to make sure that transportation to appointments is covered for Medicaid-eligible Hoosiers; increase accessibility for telehealth appointments; and ensure access to contraceptives when denied under employer healthcare plans.
“I have been outspoken about the need for criminal justice reform in the Hoosier State, and plan to partner with the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus (IBLC) to advance their agenda. I am hoping to use my background in audiology to advocate for the prohibition of acoustic hailing devices.
“As Indiana continues to reel from the health and economic effects of COVID-19, it is important that the legislature looks to build back better. I hope to continue my efforts from last legislative session and champion paid family and medical leave, which is all the more important during a pandemic. Indiana House Democrats and I look forward to working with our colleagues from across the aisle to find sensible solutions to some of our state's toughest challenges.”