Friday, March 25, 2005

Gone But Not Forgotten

Well, well, well. Buried at the bottom of state/local news is a piece on the status of Daylight Savings Time legislation in the Indiana Senate. Apparently, Rep Robert Alderman (R-Ft. Wayne) has been working to find it a home in a piece of Senate legislation. His first thought was as an amendment to bill on tobacco shipment restrictions. Senate President Pro Tem Robert Garton (R-Columbus) was having none of it. Senate rules say the amendment has to be relevant to the legislation. It has to fit. So Garton suggested they try a "strip-and-insert", that is amend it to a bill, then strip out the main provisions of the bill so that the amendment passes. Of course, first Alderman has to find a bill that would work and then convince the bill's sponsor to go along. But, hey, it could happen. It's still a hot button issue in the statehouse, but there was a rumor of strong Senate support before the bill was killed in the walkout by House Democrats.

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