Much of the attention at the Statehouse this week was focused on a legislator’s controversial stance on the Girl Scouts of America.
Fort Wayne Republican Representative Bob Morris sent a letter to his caucus members explaining why he wouldn’t support a resolution honoring the Girl Scouts. In the letter, he said based on constituents and web research, he believed the Girl Scouts are a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood, with scout leaders allegedly indoctrinating girls with radical policies.
When the letter became public Monday, Morris drew national attention – and criticism – for his comments. Thursday, Morris apologized for his comments but stood by his decision not to support the resolution.
In actual legislative business, a statewide smoking ban passed a Senate committee Wednesday. It’s the first time in six consecutive years of House passage the ban has reached the Senate floor.
And a Senate committee Thursday allocated more money for victims of the State Fair stage collapse. Committee chair Luke Kenley says he wanted to provide a little extra for those victims with long-term disabilities.