Archive for January 4th, 2006

Opening day

The first day of session was short on official business. Many bills have not yet been filed, and committees are scheduling their first meetings. Most members are working on all the preliminary work that needs to be done – such as finding co-sponsors for legislation and asking committee chairs to hear their bills.

The only minor excitement was the pre-session prayer circle/media extravaganza that formed behind my desk on the floor of the House. Representative Peggy Welch (D-Bloomington) and Representative Eric Turner (R-Marion) led a prayer in the back of the chamber before session began. As reported in the Indianapolis Star:

…led by Reps. Peggy Welsh and Eric Turner, the small group of lawmakers huddled as Welch prayed in the name of “Great I Am” while Turner prayed in the name of Jesus.

The session then opened with a speech from House Speaker Brian Bosma, who indicated this would be the practice for the days ahead.

A judge’s ruling barred the Indiana House of Representatives from invoking the name Jesus in official prayers.

I was able to explain to a few confused reporters what “I Am” means – so in spite of another reporter’s jibes, Catholics, in fact, do know their Bible.

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