INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana's special session in May could be a one-day job in which lawmakers
only take up bills that were on the cusp of passing before last week's
legislative meltdown, House Speaker Brian Bosma said Wednesday.
"It'll just be
critical issues that really need to be dealt with this year," the
Indianapolis Republican said of the special legislative session that Gov.
Eric Holcomb announced earlier this week. Bosma added that he wants it to be
"short and efficient."
In recent days,
Republicans have come under withering attacks from Democrats and even
conservative pundits for their mismanagement of the legislative session's
"Let's just say it
wasn't perfect, and we acknowledge that," Bosma said Wednesday, adding that
there were some distractions and miscalculations.
A number of major
bills died last week after bickering Republicans - who have commanding super
majorities in both chambers - blew past a midnight deadline to adjourn on
spent much of the last few days in closed-door meetings, honoring retiring
members - including Republican Senate Leader David Long - or arguing over
the fine details of some of the bills that died as time ran out.
those are measures adjusting Indiana tax law to comply with new federal
rules and a bill that would have provided more money for school safety.
Both Holcomb and
Bosma have signaled those items are on the agenda for special session.
meanwhile, have ridiculed Republicans over the decision to call the special
Sen. Tim Lanane and
House Minority Leader Terry Goodin, the two Democratic Statehouse leaders,
both said they would donate their special session pay. Other Democrats urged
Republicans to follow suit.
Bosma and Long have
pledged to do so, but it's unclear if rank-and-file members will follow
"It is good to see
that even the Republicans who run the Indiana House and Senate realize that
it is asking too much to keep their pay for a special session that has come
about through their own ineptitude," Goodin said.
Democrats have also
used the occasion to get in digs at Republicans over their refusal to take
up legislation that would address problems in the state's beleaguered child
welfare agency. They declined to do so in the regular session, and Holcomb
closed the door on the possibility of doing so during the special session,
stating Monday that any legislative action could wait for 2019.
In December, the
head of Indiana's child welfare agency resigned in a scathing letter
accusing Holcomb's administration of management changes and service cuts
that "all but ensure children will die."