INDIANAPOLIS – Freshman legislator State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) released the following statement after Senate Bill (SB) 179 failed to pass the Senate floor by a vote of 23-26 on Monday. SB 179 would have made the State Superintendent of Public Instruction a governor-appointed position, rather than a publicly-elected one.

“This is the only single-issue office elected by voters across the state, and the candidates for the position should be able to stand before Hoosiers to discuss and debate their vision for education in Indiana.

“This bill did not spell out any qualifications for the position and would have allowed the governor to do a national search, blocking local, qualified educators from holding the position.

“No supermajority should have the power to eliminate opportunities for the voice of the public to be heard.

“The defeat of this bill is a great victory for Hoosiers and will ultimately keep power where it belongs: in the hands of the people.”