Friday, February 21, 2014

After 20 Years, Behning Still Doesn't Understand How General Assembly Works

Rep. Bob Behning
My friend Mary Hall sent me this response she received from Rep. Bob Behning about his vote on HJR-3.

So far, he has never bothered to respond to me, but I've seen the same form letter sent to other constituents in his district, and let's see if you can find out what's wrong with it (besides his position on the subject).
Dear Mary,
Thank you for contacting me in regards to House Joint Resolution (HJR) 3, which is the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same sex marriages. I appreciate your input on this subject. 
The Indiana House of Representatives passed an amended version of HJR 3 on January 28th by a vote of 57 to 40. The resolution is now being considered by Governor Pence. I voted in favor of HJR 3, because I believe this issue is too important for a handful of legislators to decide. It is important for the citizens of Indiana to have a voice and determine the direction of the state in this matter. 
Thank you again for contacting me with your thoughts on same sex marriage in Indiana. Constituent contact is essential to the legislative process, and I look forward to hearing from you in the future. 
Robert Behning
State Representative
Did you find it?

Bob Behning apparently doesn't know how the constitutional amendment process works in Indiana.  After the House and Senate approve a resolution for a referendum to put an amendment into the Indiana Constitution, the Governor doesn't have to consider anything.  It goes directly to the next separately-elected General Assembly or directly to the voters once it passes both houses of two separately-elected General Assemblies in the same form both times.  Granted, it's a little confusing, but a 20-year legislator should understand that the Governor has NO SAY in HJR3.  None.

In this case, when the House passed HJR3 it went directly to the Indiana Senate for consideration.  So, Behning's blatantly misstated the truth in this note to his constituent or perhaps he just doesn't know the process.  Either way, he's been in the House 20 years, and it's time for him to go.

Patrick Lockhart will be such a big improvement. 


Anonymous said...

You're not alone. Behining has never responded to my attempts to communicate with him as well.

Yes,he does need to go. He's become too lazy and complacent.

David A. Kearby, MSW, LSW said...

He knows the process. I know the process just from this one issue. I think he is lying to his constituents so they "think" this is still a possibility. Indiana needs a house cleaning.

Anonymous said...

At this point, I'm thinking pretty much anyone would be an improvement.

Gary R. Welsh said...

Apparently he wasn't the only lawmaker to send out a similar letter. Perhaps they should spend some time reviewing the letters going out under their names that are written by college interns and less time eating free dinners at St. Elmo's and going to Pacers games with their favorite lobbyists. What does it say for Ball State and the other state universities who send the legislature these interns every year to work for the legislators? A sad state of affairs on both accounts.

Paul K. Ogden said...

I'm sure Behning knows HJR-3 doesn't have to be approved by the Governor. His staff was using a form letter for bills. Doesn't excuse what happened though.