[r32] House Democrats silent Hoosier voices (1/4/2012)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Start Date: 1/4/2012
End Date: 1/4/2012

STATEHOUSE – Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) 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 legislation from moving forward.

“Unfortunately the Democrats are wasting what little time we have to discuss ways to improve Indiana,” said Rep. Turner. “House Republicans were here to conduct Indiana’s business and to listen and debate legislation on the House floor. We need to take advantage of the time we have to discuss not only getting Hoosiers back to work, but issues involving families, veterans, health concerns, and many other issues have all been put on hold.”

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 the key pieces of legislation addressing government reduction, right-to-work, military family relief, mass transit and a smoking ban.

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Rep. P. Eric Turner serves as Speaker Pro Tem and represents District 32 which includes parts of Grant, Miami, Tipton, Howard, and Hamilton Counties.

Turner NR- first day of session.docx