Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma promised not to exploit the super power of the Republicans’ new supermajority status in the Statehouse, saying he hopes Democrats will be “partners” in passing legislation to benefit Hoosiers. At a press conference the day after Republicans won 69 of the 100 seats in the Indiana House of Representatives, Bosma told reporters that members of the minority party wouldn’t be shut out - even though he has to power to do so. “I’ve told a few folks that having a supermajority may actually require more bipartisan cooperation, rather than less, so that people feel included,” Bosma said. “We have colleagues on both sides of the aisle who are valuable resources.” Bosma made the remarks surrounded by Republican House members - including 19 new legislators - whose quorum-proof numbers mean they could pass new laws without a single Democrat present. Still, the Indianapolis Republican made clear that he intends to push through the GOP agenda that he said will be focused on boosting job creation and improving schools, but may also include legislation on some divisive social issues. Bosma also said Republicans have no plans to roll back the sweeping education reforms passed by the GOP-controlled legislature and implemented by Tony Bennett, the Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction who lost his bid for re-election Tuesday to Democrat Glenda Ritz. “I’ve said frequently we will reach out to the willing and include them,” Bosma said, before adding that he’s also ready to “work around the unwilling” - a veiled reference to the House Democrats who staged walk-outs during the last two sessions. “I’m hoping there aren’t many of those folks that we have to work around but we’ve had to in the past,” Bosma said. “And if we have to, we will again.” After the 2010 election, Republicans held 60 of the 100 seats, giving them a majority needed to pass laws without support from Democrats, but not enough to stop Democrats from shutting down legislative business by walking out. The Republicans’ near-sweep of Tuesday’s House races now gives them power that mirrors the GOP’s long-held supermajority in the state Senate. That shift prompted new Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, an Anderson attorney, to offer some advice: “Be careful what you wish for,” Lanane said. Senate Democrats picked Lanane to replace retiring state Sen. Vi Simpson of Ellettsville, who lost her bid for lieutenant governor when her running mate, Democrat John Gregg, was beaten by Republican Mike Pence in the governor’s race Tuesday. Pence’s win gave Republicans a trifecta, controlling both legislative chambers and the governor’s office. “This idea of a supermajority is dangerous,” Lanane said. “It can be very dangerous.” Lanane warned of the potential for a supermajority party to “run roughshod over the system” by closing out discussion and debate, especially on divisive issues. “There can be the temptation to say, ‘we don’t even need to listen to the other side,” Lanane said. Bosma said he didn’t expect that to happen, and said he’d lead his caucus in the same fashion as he did when the Republicans were in the minority in the House during the 2008-09 session. He also cited the historic pendulum swings of power in the legislature between Democrats and Republicans. “The message I have there is, ‘Don’t take much for granted, nothing is permanent, and do what’s right for the state,’” said Bosma. “And let the politics shake out for itself.”
Briar Patch shows looking for sponsors
Briar Patch Players summer theater program will present their annual shows about life in Rush County at the Laughlin Center for the Performing Art on the RCHS Campus June 22-24.
Jury acquits former C. Ind. teacher of 11 counts
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A jury has acquitted a former middle school teacher of four felony and seven misdemeanor counts alleging she had sex with a high school student and hosted parties in which other high school students smoked marijuana and drank alcohol.
The city of Rushville is looking for all veterans who are currently serving in the military.
Smith signals intent to file as a candidate
Rushville native Craig A. Smith is announcing his intent to file as a candidate for the Republican nomination for Indiana State Representative District 54.
Advance entries required for fair Baby Show
The theme for this year’s Baby Show is Mother Goose so dress up your baby as your favorite nursery rhyme and join in as Meridian Health Services presents the “Mother Goose”
Rush County July 4 fireworks seeking donations
The Rush County Fourth of July fireworks celebration will be presented at 10 p.m. the evening of July 4th in the field north of Rushville Elementary Schools on North Sexton Street
Commissioners act on road measures
The Rush County Commissioners met this week and were faced with a brief agenda.
Fitness team seeks input from public
According to the 2013 County Health Rankings (www.countyhealthranking.org), Rush County is above the Indiana and National Benchmarks in the categories of adult obesity and physical inactivity.
Live by the levee
Members of local rockers The Easthills flank and sit with the “couch crowd” following their set Saturday evening at Riverside Park Amphitheater. Also on the bill were the Georgia Satellites.
Relay for Life
Pictured crossing the bridge that spans Hodge’s Branch in South Veterans Memorial Park are some of the participants in this year’s Relay For Life that was held Friday and Saturday.
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