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Constituents Voice Opinions of Indiana Legislative Issues

Representative Kreg Battles says voters have definitely bought-in to the hype surrounding HJR-3. Perhaps at the expense of other important pieces of legislation.
Dozens braved the snow and cold Saturday morning to have their voices heard by local legislators.

Doug Sloan came to talk about HJR-3, a bill that would place a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Indiana.

"Specifically what brought me out here today was to address the issue HJR- 3, which I think is illegal, immoral, and unconstitutional," Sloan said.

Republican Alan Morrison supports the bill.

He thinks those who oppose it should want to see it go before voters as a referendum.

"If they defeat it then there will be a lot of political momentum for people then to come to their legislators like me and say District 42 we voted against HJR-3 54-46, we would like to see you help repeal this law," Morrison said. 

An argument not everyone is buying.

"We do not have a right as a body politically to vote on the rights of the minority, the Supreme Court has made that very clear many times so it doesn't have any business going to a referendum," Sloan said.

Representative Kreg Battles says voters have definitely bought-in to the hype surrounding HJR-3.

Perhaps at the expense of other important pieces of legislation.

"Because it's got so much attention i think it has misdirected attention of constituents where they may not be aware of things that are going on," Battles said.

Things like a push from Governor Mike Pence to eliminate the state's business personal property tax.

An issue he lobbied for in this year's State of the State Address.

"Taxing equipment and technology in a state that leads the nation in making and creating things just doesn't make sense," Pence said.

It's something Kristi Howe refuses to let fly under the radar.

"My priority today was just to make sure that the legislators are aware that we're following the work that they're doing, we want to make sure they're looking out for their constituents in Vigo County," Howe said.


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