By Max Bomber
INDIANAPOLIS — An amendment to an education bill received heated discussion about legislative procedure.
An amendment proposed Wednesday by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, introduced a new fund for educators who teach dual credit courses to Senate Bill 334.
Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, introduced a motion to challenge an amendment put forth that he said included new funding. Photo by Max Bomber, TheStatehousFile.com.
But Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, argued adding an amendment with funding attached to it would force the legislation to return to the Ways and Means Committee. Since the deadline has passed for committees this session, Pelath said that would kill the legislation.
In an attempt to prove his point, Pelath brought up two instances this session where amendments with funds were killed because of the Ways and Means requirement.
“Do it the same for everyone,” he said. “This isn’t right what you are doing here.”
But Rep. Gerald Torr, R-Carmel did not think Wednesday’s amendment was under the same circumstances.
“The difference, there, is—this bill came from The Ways and Means Committee.…” said Torr. “This bill came out of Ways and Means, so to recommit it wouldn’t make any sense.”
Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, said the legislators were sending the wrong message to citizens if they bypassed the committee system. He urged the support for sending the legislation back to committee if it passed, but it didn’t sway lawmakers. The motion to recommit SB 334 failed.
The amendment to introduce the fund for dual credit course teachers passed the House with a vote of 87-3. The House will discuss the legislation again before sending it to the Senate to consider the changes.
Max Bomber is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.
Correction: This story has been updated from its original version to show the House voted on the amendment with a roll call vote of 87-3. The original story indicated it passed with a voice vote. TheStatehouseFile.com regrets the mistake.