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House Minority Leader: Lawmakers Not Addressing Key Issues

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says the General Assembly has ignored important topics such as the minimum wage and the gender wage gap.

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House Minority Leader Scott Pelath is criticizing GOP lawmakers for wasting the first half of the 2014 legislative session.

At the halfway point of the 2014 session, House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says the legislature has gotten bogged down in banalities while ignoring important issues.

Pelath says the General Assembly found time to deal with a wide variety of issues including legislation on feral cats, a bill requiring schools to teach cursive writing, and the constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, while dismissing more important issues such as the minimum wage and studying the wage gap between men and women.

“We’ve learned that one in six Hoosier women have been raped or sexually assaulted at some point in their lives and we were told there wasn’t enough time to even consider studying that issues anymore,” he says.

But Speaker Brian Bosma says he’s very pleased with the session’s first half.

He notes the House passed legislation dealing with the Republican caucus’ key priorities, “passing the business personal property tax, passing our preschool program, passing the transportation funding expansion bill and some of our workforce and economic development measures”

Pelath says the preschool bill, providing vouchers for children from low-income families to attend preschool, is one of the lone bright spots of the session.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Jme

    Couldn’t agree more. Too many in the state senate (like my own local rep) waste their time pushing ALEC issues while ignoring the needs of constituents.

  • Levi Goldstein

    1 in 6 have been raped or sexually assaulted? Pleas show me that study.

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