We got a sneak preview this week of how intense the lobbying effort for and against HJR 3 is going to be, with hundreds of supporters and critics flooding the Statehouse and Indiana State Police even escorting some people out who ignored a request by the committee chairman that they leave. As votes by the House and Senate near, the lobbyists will step up their efforts, and if the bill passes and the amendment goes before a plebiscite in November, any Hoosiers who don’t want to be harangued over the issue should lock the door and take the phone off the hook.
Opponents of the bill will now focus on the so-called “second sentence” of the measure, which even some proponents admit could have unintended consequences. If they succeed, the bill can’t go before voters in November. Each new constitutional amendment proposal, which this would become, must win approval of two consecutive legislatures before heading to a plebiscite.