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.