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Monday, March 06, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - "Taxes, marriage, pensions, ransomware among topics"

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a good survey of "bills on topics from strokes and pensions to ransomware and marriage ... coming out of northeast Indiana House and Senate members at the mid-point of the General Assembly."

Rod Spaw of the Bloomington Herald-Times reports in a $$ story headed "Democratic lawmakers offer bleak view of General Assembly":

[Sen. Mark] Stoops told a nearly full council chamber that any optimism he entertained in January at the beginning of the session quickly eroded under a flood of “anti-” proposals from Republican legislators — anti-abortion, anti-environment, anti-labor — as well as a number of bills overriding local government control on a number of issues, from affordable housing incentives to logging on steep slopes around Lake Monroe.

“Although they hate the federal government telling them what to do, they’re very happy to tell local governments what to do because they know better,” he said. * * *

In response to questions from the audience about how to change the system so that it is more responsive to the public, Pierce and Stoops said there was not much an individual could do against the special interests that pump money into the political campaigns of legislators.

Pierce said lawmakers all over the state need to feel the pressure from constituents before things will change. He and Stoops encouraged Hoosiers to network with people they know in other districts, particularly those of key committee chairs, to press their case on particular pieces of legislation.

The lawmakers also suggested that people support consumer organizations, such as the Citizens Action Coalition or the Hoosier Environmental Council, that advocate for the public interest at the Statehouse. In addition, Stoops and [Rep. Matt] Pierce said another option would be to find a political action committee, or PAC, that represents their point of view and support it monetarily.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 6, 2017 10:22 AM
Posted to Indiana Government