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    Going Back to Session – Open Item

    Hoosier Access Open Item discusses the legislature going back into session to override Governor Pence's vetoCan you imagine how kids would feel if they took their exams, finished their classes and signed their yearbooks and started school for the summer, then were told they have to come back for a day to take a test? Well, given the propensity to compare the legislature to the school house, that’s exactly what is happening this week.

    Abdul-Hakim Shabazz at Indy Politics has the letter from Governor Mike Pence to the legislators asking him to sustain his veto of House Enrolled Act 1546. Only a simple majority in each chamber is necessary to override the governor’s veto and the only legislator to vote against the bill when it made its way through the first time around was Senator Jim Banks (R-Columbia City), so chances are it will pass.

    It will be interesting to see if other legislators change their vote. So often, in the compressed nature of a legislative session many votes get lost in the clash and din of other issues taking place, so it is easy to vote for something if it seems everyone else is voting the same way. The governor’s veto has actually shined a light on this vote – the override stands out on its own, it’s the only issue of the day… will that sunlight or the governor’s letter cause some legislators to change their vote?

    Read Gov. Pence’s letter and share your thoughts in the comments below. Do you think the vote will be different? If so, why?

    Be sure to check out Scott Tibbs’ contributions both from yesterday on the direction of the Republican Party and this morning on President Obama’s responsibility for the actions of his administration. I also contributed a short piece discussing the debate as to whether Edward Snowden is a patriot or a traitor based on his actions regarding the NSA surveillance leaks. There’s also a poll associated with that post that I’ll copy below. Be sure to vote and share any thoughts you have on the issue in the comments below.

    Should self-professed NSA leaker Edward Snowden be considered a patriot or a traitor?

    • Patriot - he exposed bad acts by the administration and should receive legal protection for doing so (50%, 10 Votes)
    • Traitor - It was incorrect for Snowden to pass along this information and he should be punished appropriately (20%, 4 Votes)
    • Not sure - while I appreciate the knowledge I have gained, I'm not sure Snowden did the right thing (15%, 3 Votes)
    • Traitor - I appreciate knowing what Snowde shared but it is clear he broke the law and should be punished (10%, 2 Votes)
    • Patriot - government employees and contractors need to be more fee with their personal impressions of government policy and should be held up as a role model (5%, 1 Votes)

    Total Voters: 20

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    This post was tagged under: Indiana House, Indiana Politics, Indiana Senate, Jim Banks, Legislation, Legislature, Mike Pence, Open Item

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