Indiana House Republicans are celebrating now that they have captured a quorum-proof majority in the chamber, now ensuring the GOP holds supermajorities in the House and Senate.
Republicans, who had 60 seats in the House last term, needed to reach 67 to gain a quorum-proof majority in the state’s lower chamber. Many considered that key after Democrats walked out the last two sessions to hold up legislative business. The minority caucus will no longer have that option. But House Speaker Brian Bosma says a “supermajority” was never his goal.
“It won’t change how we conduct business,” says Bosma. “In fact, it may very well take more cooperation and outreach to the other side than before to be sure that the process is proper.”
The House will also welcome at least 20 new members to its ranks this year. Combined with a large freshman class in 2010, it will be a largely inexperienced chamber. But Bosma says he has confidence in his senior leadership team to guide new members.