Women in Government Involvement:
Former Senator Sue Errington was elected to the Indiana State Senate in November of 2006. She is a member of Women In Government and has attended several WIG conferences over the past couple years. In winter 2009, WIG profiled Senator Errington as a FES champion in our newsletter “The Legislative Voice.”
Former Senator Sue Errington and fellow WIG member Representative Terri Austin (D-IN) have been leading a bipartisan, bicameral group on FES issues called “Growing Middle Class Coalition.” The Coalition received media attention in March 2009 from the IndyStar.com highlighting their work to help middle-income and lower-income families.
One of the pieces of legislation that the Indy Star article highlights is Senator Errington’s Senate Bill 260, which creates a commission on childhood poverty. The goal of this commission is to decrease Indiana childhood poverty statistics by 50% by 2020. The bill died in the House but was inserted into SB 365 during conference committee. It passed and became SEA 365.
This past session, the Growing the Middle Class Coalition worked on legislation for lifelong learning accounts (LiLAs), a small business health insurance pool, elder care, child and dependent care income tax credits, and increasing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) asset limits. The Coalition continues to be active and members will introduce bills to promote family economic success again next session.
Errington supported a financial literacy bill, HEA 1581, and was the Senate sponsor of HEA 1133, calling for a state employee pay equity study. She co-sponsored a LiLAs bill that unfortunately did not leave committee.