House Democrats silence Hoosiers voices
STATEHOUSE – Rep. Ralph M. Foley (R-Martinsville) and his House Republican colleagues came ready to get back to work, however most of the House Democrats did not show up to do the work of the people. The failure by Democrats to attend the start of the 2012 legislative session prevented all legislation from moving forward.
“This legislative session will prove to be a spirited one as evidenced by today’s actions, yet it won’t prevent the people’s voices from being heard on the House floor,” said Rep. Foley. “As we battle a lethargic national economy and 9 percent unemployment in Indiana, we must work together to get Hoosiers back to work. In fact, there are many important issues to be discussed by the legislators.
“I am dedicated to fulfilling my duties as an elected official, and I will continue to work throughout the short session to address all of the issues before us.”
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, a smoking ban, local government reform, improvements in public safety and other important legislation.