INDIANAPOLIS—State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) released the following comments after the House Public Policy Committee moved Senate Bill (SB) 552 on Wednesday. This was the House of Representatives’ first opportunity to shape SB 552.
“Although I don’t agree with the amendment that affects the Gary casino move adopted by the House Public Policy Committee, I remain hopeful that the House and the Senate will come to an agreement that addresses the concerns of both chambers when the bill undergoes the conference committee process.
“In my short time here in the legislature, I’ve quickly learned that a bill as impactful as this would invariably meet a multitude of opinions, perspectives and understandings as it matured through the process.
“I’ve also learned that the best I can do for my district and our great state is to first and foremost ensure there is clarity in our goals and sincerity in the ways in which we approach them. I equally want to ensure our efforts are researched, data-driven and backed by seasoned, knowledgeable experts. Lastly, we want to do our level best to ensure our efforts don’t disadvantage other Hoosiers. This has been the guiding strategy and spirit of our efforts for Senate Bill 552, and indeed all the legislation we sponsor.”
“I believe the current amendments to the bill run counter to this spirit. I believe we can do better. I remain hopeful and look forward to working with House Republicans to identify amendments that are additive to all the diverse interests served by this truly transformative legislation.”
Senate Bill 552 now moves to the full House of Representatives where it will be available for amendments.