On the Record: Reaction from House minority leader on State of State, HJR3

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House minority leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, sat down with FOX59’s Dan Spehler this week for the latest edition of ‘On The Record: Your Voice, Your Vote.’

In the video above, Pelath addresses the controversy over HJR3, the resolution currently in the House that would place a ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution.

Pelath also responds to Tuesday’s State of the State address from Governor Mike Pence – and he answers your questions submitted on our web site and Facebook pages.

The House Judiciary committee held a hearing on the marriage issue last week, but did not vote on the resolution. Committee chair Greg Steuerwald, R-Danville, said he wanted to give committee members more time to consider the testimony, but the delay now has some political observers wondering if HJR3 has enough votes to pass out of committee.

Six Republicans on the committee have indicated they would vote for the measure, while four Democrats on the committee said they would vote against it. That leaves three remaining Republicans, who would all have to vote against HJR3 for it to fail in committee and kill the measure altogether. Holding those three key swing votes are Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, Rep. Wendy McNamara, R-Mt.Vernon and Rep. Daniel Leonard, R-Huntington.

Last week House Speaker Brian Bosma said a committee vote would likely not come until Wednesday.

Bosma’s statements and actions are being closely watched by Freedom Indiana, the organization campaigning against HJR3. Organizers worry Bosma could replace committee members, or move the bill to another committee if he doesn’t think it will pass. Freedom Indiana officials posted a message on the group’s web site, calling for volunteers to voice their concerns at a community meeting Bosma is hosting Monday night.

“He may start replacing committee members. We need your voice at this meeting on Monday, to ask him not to do that,” organizers wrote.

Bosma was our guest last week ‘On the Record’ and his comments can be seen by clicking the story timeline at the top of the page.

Watch the video below to see more of your questions for minority leader Pelath, and be sure to submit your questions for lawmakers taking part in next week’s segment.

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