[r57] House Democrats Silence Hoosier Voices (1/5/2012)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Start Date: 1/5/2012
End Date: 1/5/2012

Bartholomew County

Shelby County

House Democrats silence Hoosier voices
No Show on First Day of Work 

STATEHOUSE – Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) and his House Republican colleagues came ready to get back to work, 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. 

“As an elected official, it is my responsibility to come ready to work throughout the entirety of session,” said Rep. Eberhart. “However, some of the members have approached this session with a different attitude, but it will not curb my excitement to serve or deter me from relentlessly pursuing solutions to issues affecting my constituency. 

“I’m confident that bipartisanship will prevail as we must work together to enact legislation to bring more jobs to Indiana.”

 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.