Rush at capitol can lead to errors



INDIANAPOLIS

When Indiana’s legislative leaders called the General Assembly back for one day last week, it was because they had discovered a handful of mistakes made earlier this year that just couldn’t wait until the next session to be fixed.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said that part-time legislatures working with limited time and resources are going to have mistakes occasionally.

“We’re a citizen legislature and we have a short session compared to others,” Long said. “Now, we get a lot done in Indiana, but we work hard and we work quickly. And there oftentimes is an avalanche of legislation coming in at the end. And it really overwhelms LSA (Legislative Services Agency) and the Legislature. ... Once in a while there’s a mistake. But typically between the proofreading that goes on at the House and the Senate and the LSA, we don’t miss very much.”

 

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