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.