Bill restricts local governments from creating alternative employer schedules

By Sarah Ramon

INDIANAPOLIS –A bill introduced into legislation could prohibit local governments from enacting ordinances surrounding employer schedules for private businesses.

“I just want to make certain there’s not multiple codes out there,” author Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, stated. “That if we do anything, we do it at state level and so everybody adheres to the same schedule. It’s a standardization to make sure everyone is on the same page.”

Senate Bill 20 calls for limiting the ability of local governments, such as counties, townships and municipalities, from establishing alternative work schedules.

“Primarily, what I’m trying to avoid is chains that have multiple locations throughout the state that would have to concern themselves about the different scheduling,” Boots said.

Contrastingly, Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, the Ranking Minority Member of the Pensions and Labor committee, said she cannot support the actions of SB 20.

“This is about local control versus state control. We need to allow the locals to come up with the solutions they may need,” Tallian said.

Tallian also said she was “quite surprised” Wednesday’s testimony did not include representatives from local governments who she thought would be concerned about the bill.

SB 20 passed committee with an 8-2 vote. The bill now returns to the Senate.

Sarah Ramon is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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