Okay folks. This involves Senate Bill 0230, and here’s the basics.
IC 1-1-2-1; IC 1-1.5; IC 35-51-1.1.
Synopsis: Applicability of federal law in Indiana. Provides that any federal act, order, law, rule, regulation, or statute found by the general assembly to be inconsistent with the power granted to the federal government in the Constitution of the United States is void in Indiana. Provides that a resident of Indiana has a cause of action to enjoin the enforcement or implementation or the attempted enforcement or implementation of a federal act, order, law, rule, regulation, or statute declared void by the general assembly. Provides that a plaintiff who prevails in such an action is entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally implements or enforces, or attempts to implement or enforce, a federal law that is declared void by the general assembly commits a Class D felony. Finds that the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the federal Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 are inconsistent with the power granted to the federal government in the Constitution of the United States.
Long has buried this so that it won’t see the light-of-day, well, so far. This bill is to protect Indiana from Obamacare, and while questionable as to its legality, over 14 other states have passed similar legislation.
Since the bill was first introduced by Indiana Senator Boots, 10 other Indiana Senators have joined as co-authors.
2013 First Regular Session
Authors: Walker, Delph, Boots, Banks, Schneider, Steele, Landske, Waterman, Kruse, Eckerty, Glick
|01/07/2013||S||Authored by Senator Boots|
|01/07/2013||S||First reading: referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure|
|01/17/2013||S||Senator Walker added as second author|
|01/17/2013||S||Senator Delph added as third author|
|01/22/2013||S||Senator Banks added as coauthor|
|01/24/2013||S||Senators Steele, Waterman and Kruse added as coauthors|
|01/24/2013||S||Senators Schneider and Landske added as coauthors|
|01/28/2013||S||Senators Eckerty and Glick added as coauthors|
Calling Senator Long’s office doesn’t get you any results, or, for that matter, an opinion. They simply ask for your name and address, and tell you they’ll send Senator Long’s response by regular mail. People have been calling for over a week, and no one has received a response, from what we understand.
The phone calls appear to be working, with 10 additional Senators signing on SB0230 just in the last 10 days or so.
What can you do? Write a column/letter to the editor on this subject, and call Senator Long’s office.
1. Statehouse Phone: 800-382-9467 or 317-232-9400
2. Legislative Assistant Tracy Mann (317) 232-9416
If you made a call last week, call back and ask for the status of when (not if) SB0230 will get a hearing.
SB0230 has strong support in both the Senate and House, and is ready to pass. Except State Senator David Long has made up his mind to side with the Obama administration and is blocking this bill from being even discussed in committee.
This could be expected from a democrat, but not from the republican Senate President. Long should allow the bill a hearing and a vote, period. He just doesn’t want to put his neck out due to further political aspirations, in our opinion.