We have completed the second week of the Democrat House walkout with a cost to the state estimated at $250,000. In addition, we have lost seven legislative days to hear bills important to our constituents and others across the state. For legislators who don't return on Monday, the House will impose a fine set at $250 per day that we are scheduled for session. The fine will be taken out of their future earnings once they return to the Statehouse. I encourage our colleagues to return as we have a constitutional requirement to pass a biennial budget and to represent the people who elected us by developing, debating, amending and passing legislation. Fifty bills remain to be heard on second and third reading before we move on to Senate bills.
The week remained productive as those who were present have been able to have greater input into the budget process, consider in advance amendments that will be heard when we resume, and continue to groom education bills to include the feedback we've received from parents, teachers, and administrators. On Monday, House Bill 1251, the Young Entrepreneur bill which I authored and passed out of the House will have a hearing in the Commerce Committee of the Senate.
Last weekend I conducted Legislative Updates in Dubois and Spencer Counties. This weekend I will hear from Perry and Warrick Counties. Thanks to the local chambers, universities, and farm bureaus for sponsoring these open forums. There has been tremendous turnout to each of these sessions. and I hope that continues. You are also welcome to e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 812-489-0737.
It is time for the House to continue the work we were elected to do. Be assured I will be at the Statehouse working to bring prosperity and improvement to District 74. Have a wonderful week!
Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand)