STATEHOUSE--Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) walked away this session with a 100 percent voting attendance record, something only a few legislators attained. Out of 647 votes recorded this past legislation session; Rep. Clere was present and voted for each one.
"I take very seriously my responsibilities as a state representative, and one of the most basic responsibilities is being present and voting," Rep. Clere said. "Some votes are more significant than others, but every vote matters to someone."
"The people I represent count on me to be there and to vote, and I try hard to live up to that expectation."
Committee hearings, constituent and legislative meetings are sometimes scheduled during the time the House chamber is scheduled to be in session-making it difficult for members to be present.
In addition, members will often step off the House floor to have the opportunity to meet with constituents or community leaders to further discuss important issues facing their local area.
When voting on the House floor, members will vote to adopt committee reports, amendments, bills and other various motions. Legislation addressed this session included economic development, education reform, illegal immigration and the state budget.