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Governor Mitch Daniels has joined leaders of the Indiana House and Senate in closing down state operations. On Monday, Daniels said he wouldn’t close state government offices due to the severe winter storm raking the state, but it wasn’t long after the Indiana Senate and House cancelled their afternoon floor sessions that the Governor announced all non-essential state employees would be sent home due to the inclement weather.
The Indiana House had been scheduled to hear 21 bills and the Senate 43 before Tuesday’s cancellations. Despite long debates on bills to create more charter schools in the state, ban smoking in public places and overhaul the state’s unemployment trust fund, the House has managed to avoid much of a hearing backlog thus far. But with no hearings Tuesday because of the weather and no hearings Wednesday because of the practice of holding only committee meetings at midweek, the floor schedule could be heavier in the coming days.
According to the Indiana General Assembly’s website, the status of Wednesday’s meetings will be determined at a later time by the chair of each committee. Likewise, Daniels says he has not made any decisions about state operations on Wednesday. House Speaker Brian Bosma estimates it’s been about a decade since the House had to cancel its activities because of poor weather.