-- Indiana's GOP Senate leader David Long says an effort to make the state
schools chief an appointed position instead of elected isn't over despite
its unexpected 23-26 defeat in the Senate this week.
A Senate rule
states 26 or more no votes means "that exact language or substantially
similar language" cannot be considered again during the session.
Still, the Fort
Wayne lawmaker argues substantially changing the House version of the bill
-- approved 68-29 Monday -- would allow the Senate to take it up again.
He cites delaying
the effective date or requiring a schools chief appointment to be an Indiana
resident as potential amendments. The bill would have to be changed before a
Democrats have said
the rule is unambiguous and means the proposal should be dead.