On Wednesday, the Indiana General Assembly voted to override the governor’s veto on House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1546, assuring that the measure now becomes law. The Indiana House of Representatives voted 68-23 to overturn the veto, clearing the way for a final 34-12 vote in the Senate.
The governor moved to block the engrossed act following the close of the legislative session, expressing concern over language that would retroactively reauthorize local taxing measures in Pulaski and Jackson counties.
Opponents of the effort to override the governor’s veto noted that in both counties, the authorization for collecting the taxes had expired but Hoosiers had continued to pay the levy. Supporters pointed to other measures within the bill, including language supporting the families of disabled Hoosier veterans, as reason to overturn the governor’s veto and see the measure to become law.
A veto override is a tool by which legislators can consider proposals passed during the regular session but rejected by the governor. To override the governor’s veto, both chambers must again pass the vetoed measure by a simple majority.
The General Assembly adjourned sine die and lawmakers will return to the Statehouse over the summer and fall to begin interim study committees.
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The south lawn of the Statehouse was buzzing with activity this Friday morning as visitors gathered to purchase a cup of lemonade and celebrate the kick-off of 2013 Lemonade Day. The program is part of a statewide effort to teach kids how to start, own and operate their own business through selling lemonade.
Hoosiers gathered to pay their respects this week at a memorial display honoring the late Governor Otis R. Bowen. Visitors to the site had an opportunity to add their signature to a condolence book and view the former governor’s bust and portrait which is regularly displayed in the building.
Bowen served as Indiana’s 44th governor from 1973-1981 before serving as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Ronald Reagan. He passed away on Saturday, May 2nd at age 95.
On Monday families of Hoosiers who died in work-related accidents, along with Indiana State AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott, Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner Sean Keefer, Linda Hamilton of the Workers’ Compensation Board and Sally Voland of Kid’s Chance of Indiana, gathered in the Statehouse rotunda to observe Workers Memorial Day and remember the 171 Indiana workers killed on the job in 2012.
Indiana State AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott says, “Today we have no medals to place around their necks, but we honor them all the same.”
Specifically noting the disasters in West, Texas and Bangladesh, the AFL-CIO reported there were “more than 3.8 million workers were reported injured on the job, but this number understates the problem. The true toll of job injuries is likely two to three times greater. Around the globe, the toll is vast, with 2.3 million workers dying and 317 million workers injured on the job each year.”
Sean Keefer, Commissioner of the Indiana Dept. of Labor, addresses the crowd on Workers Memorial Day at the Statehouse.
Held annually on April 28, Workers’ Memorial Day recognizes and remembers workers who have been injured or killed on the job. April 28 was chosen as the observance day because it marks the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA).
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