[r22] House Democrats silence Hoosier Voices

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Thursday, January 5, 2012

STATEHOUSE – Rep. Rebecca Kubacki (R-Syracuse) and her House Republican colleagues came ready to get back to work today, however a majority of the House Democrats did not show up to do the work of the people. They failed to attend the start of the 2012 legislative session, which prevented all legislators from moving forward. 

“As legislators, we are paid by the taxpayer to show up for work, debate critical issues such as getting Hoosier's back to work and vote on the issues brought before us,” said Rep. Kubacki. “It is hard to do that when a majority of House Democrats don't bother to show up for work. A day’s pay for a day’s work evidently does not apply to the House Democrats.”

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.