Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


January 21, 2014

Legislators discuss Obamacare's impact, marriage amendment


“We’re all interested in seeing how HJR-3 progresses.”

Fellow House member Cindy Ziemke said she would vote “no” on the resolution due to her feelings the amendment, which was authored prior to Ziemke being elected, is “poorly crafted.”

“I have difficulty with the language of this bill,” Ziemke said expressing her reservations that the bill could disallow civil unions and domestic partnerships.

“It takes away something people currently have,” the Republican representative said. “When you’re looking to change the constitution of this great state, it should be right. It should be very hard to do.”

Other discussion Saturday was far less divisive or potentially inflammatory.

Rep. Frye noted his support of ending the state’s tax on personal property on new investments, a longstanding regulation that some legislators believe stands in the way of job creation.

Frye believes the removal of this tax will allow business owners “more tools to attract employers.”

Information handed out to attendees of the program by Rep. Frye shows the popular representative, who is seeking reelection this fall, intends to focus on education, the funding of road projects and helping to address a “skills gap” among manufacturing workers.

Rep. Ziemke has championed education since she began her tenure in the Statehouse last year.

Ziemke talked of her focus on early childhood education and her support of a voucher program intended to help better prepare 4-year-olds in impoverished families for kindergarten.

Ziemke said she strongly supports Gov. Mike Pence’s focus on adoption as well. The District 55 representative said she hopes the Hoosier State will be among the most welcoming for adoptive parents.

The Batesville business owner commented briefly on bills that would require, among other things, drug testing for welfare recipients and the prohibition of certain unhealthy items – such as soda, candy, etc. – for individuals purchasing food under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

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