[r51] House Democrats silence Hoosier voices (1/4/2012)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dick Dodge (R-Pleasant Lake) 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.
“The unproductive tone of the first day of session was extremely frustrating,” said Rep. Dodge. “I was ready to start working for my district and with this being a short session it is even more imperative that we stay focused on passing meaningful legislation for our state.”

 “I stay committed to the constituents of my district and I am hopeful today is not going to be reflective upon the rest of the session.”

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.