State Senator Jean D. Breaux discusses important pieces of legislation for Marion County at the close of the 2013 General Assembly session. Topics include Marion County reorganization, mass transit expansion for Central Indiana and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
State Senator Jean Breaux provides an update during the first week of the 2nd half of the legislative session. Sen. Breaux describes how the 2-year state budget has now come over to the Senate from the House, along with some other large issues like mass transit in central Indiana and education.
On a party-line vote, members of the Indiana Senate rejected an amendment to study a major overhaul of Marion County government. The amendment to Senate Bill (SB) 621, proposed by Assistant Democratic Leader Jean D. Breaux, would have created a summer study committee to examine the impact of eliminating the City-County Council’s At-large councilor seats and reducing mayoral residency requirements, among other significant changes.
Sen. Breaux’s proposal to study the move aimed to lengthen the conversation on the issue; however, it was rejected, 13-37. Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, particularly those representing areas within Marion County, expressed their disappointment that more public discussion was not had before passing such a substantial shift of power.
SEN. BREAUX: “I was hoping, with the amendment I offered to 621, to do as I said on the floor and that is to slow this process down…”
SEN. LANANE: “It seems very clear to me that the elimination of the…”
SEN. LANANE: “I was disappointed our amendment was defeated because…”
SEN. TAYLOR: “I think the amendment would have done something we always do in the legislature. We allow the public to have public input…”
Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) reacts to Gov. Mike Pence’s first State of the State address on Tuesday night.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence gave his first major gubernatorial address on Tuesday, delivering his State of the State speech to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly. In what was expected to be a major policy announcement, the governor again remained light on specifics when it came to his legislative agenda.
Several Indiana Senate Democrats have released the following statements in response to Governor Pence’s State of the State address.
SEN. LANANE: “I thought there were some things in there I could agree with him upon, certainly in terms of his proposals with assisting veterans. Our caucus…”
SEN. LANANE: “He tried to make the case for his ten percent tax reduction. I’m not sure that he actually did that…”
SEN. LANANE: “Again, I thought that his overall speech was a good speech…”
SEN. BREAUX: “I think the election was pretty clear. I think the voters are saying all of this education reform…”
SEN. ARNOLD: “My main concern about it was when he talks about…”
SEN. TAYLOR: “I thought Gov. Pence left a lot of things to be desired. I really would love to see…”
On Thursday, a Statehouse celebration was held to honor the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 22nd Annual King Holiday Celebration was sponsored by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission. In attendance were African American and civil rights leaders from across Indiana.
A message from Senator Jean Breaux on the legacy of Dr. King:
Senator Jean Breaux explains the importance of updating and reevaluating the state’s current land bank law. House Bill 1249 would establish a summer study committee on the topic where legislators would meet and recommend further legislation for the 2013 Legislative Session.