Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Daniels Surrenders on Statehouse Access Rules

Governor Mitch Daniels proved by his actions yesterday that the new capacity rules at the Statehouse were politically motivated.  He removed them as quickly as he put them into effect.

As you remember, the Governor announced last week that the Statehouse capacity would be set at 3,000 persons including the number of people working at the people's house.  Before the ink was dry Democrats and other civil libertarians were crying foul, but the Governor proved once again that he's no Scott Walker.

It's not known if some of the other crowd control walls and things will remain outside the legislative chambers.  I was told by a legislator that these recently went up to apparently keep Hoosiers from seeing their government at work.

Daniels is nothing if not pragmatic.  He knew that these rules likely would not stand up in court because of the exceptions that had been granted for lobbyists and other groups.  When it was announced that a religious-based prayer ceremony would have attendees check in through the West Door to avoid the "general public" checking in at the East Door, this was a decision he had to make.

I have to credit the Governor for not squashing dissent.  Now, I urge that dissent to be loud, be proud, but be respectful of the People's House, too.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jon, Do you also condone the yelling by the union members while the prayer group was trying to pray?

I thought that it was a tasteless move. Prior to that I was all for them ( the unions) to be able to gather}.Now I hope they can feel the Wrath of Mitch on the RTW bill.As far as Im concerned It showed me exactly where the unions are coming from.

They have NO RESPECT for anyone other than themselves. No Class.

Jon E. Easter said...

It's a public place, and people can do what they wish to do.

If you plan to hold an event such as a prayer meeting on the first day of a contentious short session, then I suppose it's kind of what happens.

Doesn't mean I condone the actions of anyone, but the union folks had as much of a right to be there as the prayer session. It's the First Amendment at work...no matter how respectful or disrespectful you or I believe it was.