Wednesday, January 4 marked the first day of the 2012 Legislative Session, but the House has yet to be able to begin its business. Due to the fact that most of the House minority party has chosen not to be present on the House floor and do the job they were elected to do, a bill list has not been handed down to be assigned to committees. In order for the House to begin conducting business this session a quorum, or 67 members, must be present on the House floor.
This is a very unfortunate delay in the state’s business. Bills that will help Hoosier families, veterans and will continue to boost Indiana’s economy are being postponed. It is not until a bill is assigned to a committee that their meetings can begin. These meetings allow the public to voice their concerns, and also allow the members of the committee to learn more about the purpose of the bill.
We were elected to represent our constituents by proposing ideas, discussing those ideas, compromising where we can, and eventually voting on the issues. Currently, not one Hoosier is being represented and that is unfair to hardworking taxpayers. It is our job to represent our entire district, not stifle the voices of those who are not part of a special interest group or a member of an opposing party.
This is a short session, it must end by March 14, and that gives us little time to carry out our work. I look forward to being able to move forward, and openly discuss and debate the pieces of legislation that come before us in the House.
I appreciate your feedback and support. Please feel free to contact me about both local and state issues by phone at 317-232-9671 or by email at H63@in.gov.