Shackleford urges the governor to veto bill that will hurt Hoosier renters amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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INDIANAPOLIS — State Rep. Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) today called on the governor to protect Hoosier renters by urging him to veto Senate Bill 148. Governor Holcomb's veto of SB 148 is especially critical at this time due to the uncertain circumstances Hoosiers are facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate Bill 148 was amended during the conference committee process to include language that could directly hurt Hoosier renters. This piece of legislation, if signed into law by the governor, would prevent any city from regulating landlord-tenant relationships without approval from the Indiana General Assembly.

“We are facing uncertain times and it would be irresponsible to enact legislation that will lead to an uncertain ending for thousands of Hoosier renters,” said Shackleford. “I urge the governor to remain steadfast in his promise to protect Hoosiers during this pandemic - signing this legislation would leave Hoosier vulnerable during this public health emergency that we are facing.

“The effects of this pandemic will be felt for years to come,” Shackleford continued. “It is hitting some parts of Indiana harder than others. We have to leave tenant-landlord control in the hands of local government to ensure that no Hoosier is left homeless as a result of this public health emergency.”

The governor has until the end of the day, March 25, to veto or sign this bill into law.

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