Column: Not every good thought deserves law or hearing

Senate President David Long says he’s trying to be a leader, not a dictator. That’s why he assigned Senate Bill 230 to the Rules Committee, where it is not to see the light of day.

The bill to invalidate ObamaCare is unconstitutional, Long said, and to spend precious legislative time debating it would be counterproductive.

His action has ignited a debate over democracy in Indiana, with some accusing the Fort Wayne Republican of stifling opinions. His critics say it’s always productive to discuss important ideas even if they don’t advance through the legislative process. To deem a bill unconstitutional before a hearing is to deprive the people of a voice in setting policy.

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