Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dem's House Leader Calls for Social Issues Moratorium

Jim Shella reports that Democratic House Minority Leader Scott Pelath called for a moratorium on social issues on the first day of the new legislative session. Pelath said, “People deserve a break from the political exploitation of their fears and emotions as we work to rebuild our economy.” Sitting on a supermajority, Speaker Brian Bosma did not agree: “We aren’t declaring a moratorium on anything. That’s not been my normal custom to make those kind of decisions on behalf of the body.”

One the social issues docket: a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Indiana, reciting of the Lord's Prayer at the start of each school day,Sen. Kruse's crazy "truth in education" proposal (read about it here), and the latest addition to the "worst idea ever list," Sen. Jim Banks's bill to allow students to carry concealed firearms on public university campuses (read about it here.

“Above all, we must make sure that the power of government does not shift far from the center,” warns Rep. Pelath. Outnumbered Dems will fight the good fight, but that train may have already left the station.