[r20] Statement from Rep. Dermody on SB 345 (2/22/2008)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Start Date: 2/22/2008 All Day
End Date: 2/22/2008

House Republicans were disappointed Thursday because the majority unreasonably denied them the opportunity to add amendments to Senate Bill 345, which contained measures dealing with incorrect classification of employees. The House majority attempted to amend illegal-immigration legislation into the bill, but in a way that denied Republicans the same opportunity.

"In bizarre fashion, the majority trampled on the rights of the minority tonight and refused to allow many legislators the opportunity to even propose legislation to fight illegal immigration in Indiana," said Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte). "I am disappointed at the squirrely political games that have been played this evening. The preposterous acts of the majority party are an insult to all those who care about the integrity of the legislative process. It remains mysterious to me that some could have so little respect for our constituents."

The House majority denied Republicans the opportunity to offer amendments to toughen sanctions against employers who hire illegal immigrants and to deny most state benefits to illegal immigrants.

Republicans had already filed a measure with a get-tough attitude on illegal immigration, but Speaker B. Patrick Bauer refused to hand it down.