Legislative breakfast gives public chance to get update
Sunday, February 10, 2013 9:00 PM
Breakfast with a side of politics.
Montgomery County residents had the opportunity to hear from their three state legislators Saturday. State Reps. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) and Sharon Negele (R-Attica), along with State Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville), updated the public Saturday at the Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber Legislative Breakfast Series at Wabash College.
Brown, who is chairman of the Weighs and Means committee, has been working on the budget.
"It's a puzzle and a balloon," he said. "All the pieces have to fit together. There is more art to it than science."
Brown said that education and medicaid are two of the biggest parts of the budget.
"It won't please everybody," he said. "It will be a great starting point to talk about our priorities."
Boots updated the audience on the bills that are working their way through the state senate.
The one bill that brought reaction from the audience is a bill that is not going anywhere, SB 230.
"It's a state's rights issue," Boots said in response to a question of why he proposed the bill. "The discussion needs to take place.
Brown said that he is happy to have the discussion.
"This is a fundamental discussion that we need to have," he said.
Brown said that any bill, even bills that may be unconstitutional, is constitutional until it is challenged.
"It's the law of the land," Brown said.
About 50 people were in attendance Saturday to hear the legislators speak.