INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee considered House Bill (HB) 1005, legislation calling for the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction to be a Governor-appointed position, rather than remaining an elected position. State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) issued the following statement upon passage of the bill:

“The language found in HB 1005 was already defeated on the Senate floor this year. Considering Senate rules, I was surprised that the language would be considered by this body again, since our rules explicitly prohibit this action. The Rules Committee decided, over objections by the Minority Leader, to proceed.

“The amendment agreed to in the Rules Committee today is very similar to language the Senate Democrats offered on the floor to Senate Bill (SB) 179. Those amendments were defeated by the GOP, and are for some reason, are now palatable to move the bill along.

“Although the language in the bill was changed in committee this morning, it barely makes a bad bill better, and I voted against HB 1005.

“I voted against this bill the first time it was up for consideration in the Senate as SB 179. I voted against it in committee again today as it appeared in HB 1005. I will continue to vote against it as many times as necessary, to ensure that the people of this state have a direct say in selecting our superintendent.”



Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County as well as portions of Michigan, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen. Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit


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