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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Vote on Indiana same-sex marriage ban pushed into next week"

Tony Cook and Barb Berggoetz report this morning in the Indianapolis Star:

A critical vote on the proposal to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana’s constitution likely will be pushed into next week.

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he wanted to give members of the House Judiciary Committee more time to digest the issue.

That panel of 13 lawmakers had planned to vote on the amendment Monday, but Chairman Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, delayed a vote after nearly four hours of impassioned testimony.

Several Republican members of the committee remain publicly undecided. Three Republicans would have to join the committee’s four Democrats to defeat the measure.

“It’s pretty close,” Bosma said. “There are a couple people still working through it.”

Bosma said he wants to see the issue reach the House floor.

When asked whether he might replace committee members to make that happen, he said “there are all kinds of options under our rules and under precedent.”

But, he said, “I’m not considering anything at this point. I’m just letting people talk and work their way through the issue.”

ILB: I can recall in the past incidents of replacement of conference committee members who won't go along, but never members of standing committees who won't vote the way desired by the majority. Examples?

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 16, 2014 09:30 AM
Posted to Indiana Government