INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - State Senator Ron Alting's pregnancy accommodations bill is making progress at the statehouse. It passed through the Family and Children Services committee on Monday, seven to two.
As we previously reported, this bill would set reasonable accommodations for pregnant women in the work place.
Senator Alting said more than 40 people, companies and organizations testified in favor of the bill. Purdue President and former governor Mitch Daniels wrote a letter of support, something Sen. Alting said he has never seen Daniels do before.
The Indianapolis Chamber and the Kentucky Chamber both endorsed his bill, along with two other chambers. Kentucky is one of 27 states that currently has a bill like Sen. Alting's.
The Indiana Manufactures Association and The Indiana Chamber of Commerce were the only two organizations lobbying against it, claiming the status quo is sufficient.
"You don't rank third in the nation for maternal mortality and you don't rank seventh in the nation on infant mortality and say that the status quo is perfect because it's not," he said. "The facts are there to support it. This is not a matter of opinion."
Governor Eric Holcomb said in his State of the State address that lowering Indiana's infant and maternal mortality rates is one of his priorities for 2020.
Senator Alting said the bill will be read in another committee on Thursday. He said he's trying to remain optimistic that future committees will see the importance of the bill as is, and hopes it doesn't get stripped of its power.