STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) and his House Republican colleagues came ready to get back to work today, however the majority of the House Democrats did not show up to do the work of the people. The majority of Democrats failed to attend the start of the 2012 legislative session, which prevented all legislators from moving forward.
“In the past I’ve served the people of this state and was once a member of the minority party,” said Rep. Dermody. “You work hard and sometimes you don’t agree, but you debate the issues because you are elected to be in those seats.
“The inaction of the minority party is unacceptable to taxpayers. The millions of Hoosiers that show up to work every day deserve more than this, especially after last year’s five-week walkout.”
In the Indiana House of Representatives, in order for a bill list to be handed down, a quorum of 67 members must be present. The Democrats denied this quorum, which postponed several key pieces of legislation addressing government reduction, right-to-work, military family relief, mass transit and a smoking ban.