First half of session comes to a close

February 3rd, 2006

Thursday night was the deadline for final passage of House bills.

The next step in the legislative process is for Senate bills to be assigned to House committees, and House bills to be assigned to Senate committees.

Each chamber can choose to amend, pass or simply disregard the other chamber’s legislation. Typically, many bills are modified from their original form, and many never receive a hearing in the other chamber. Very few bills will move through the process unchanged.

The bill moving to the Senate with the most financial impact on our state is HB 1008, the authorizing legislation for the Governor’s “Major Moves” plan to sell the Indiana Toll Road, build the new I-69 as a private toll road, and authorization for even more as-yet-unknown privatization projects.

The House floor debate on the measure was said to be one of the longest in decades. However, the four hours spent on Wednesday was not nearly enough time.

As pointed out by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, not even the bill’s author knows all the potential implications of the proposal:

Borror had trouble answering some of the questions during the debate and at one point had to concede he hadn’t read the entire operator’s contract.

I will provide a more detailed examination of the Toll Road contract and the authorizing legislation in a few days. Until then, you can read the latest news on the issue at www.tollroadforsale.com.

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