INDIANAPOLIS–Today, Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson), offered the following comments regarding a legislative procedure that stripped all language authorizing cannabidiol (CBD) oil in House Bill (HB) 1214 and replaced it with language expanding access to firearms:
“Today’s furtive maneuver by the chairman of the conference committee, removing CBD oil language that would provide relief to ailing Hoosiers and instead inserting firearm language thought to be dead, is yet another highly questionable tactic exhibited by majority members of the General Assembly.
In the conference committee today, Chairman Smaltz (R-Auburn) inserted language from HB 1424 and Senate Bill (SB) 33 into the HB 1214. Both HB 1424 and SB 33 did not advance when legislative leadership intentionally killed the bills earlier this year to avoid hearing any amendments.
“I want to be clear, my opposition to the new language in HB 1214 has nothing to do with firearms themselves. However, given the tragic and senseless gun violence that occurred in Florida on February 14, what we legislate with regard to firearm access, especially access to the types of guns used in mass shootings, calls for extreme care,” Sen. Lanane said. “Accordingly, I am concerned about the manner in which this language has been resurrected.”
In the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, members of the Senate Democratic Caucus drafted amendments to HB 1424 when that bill was moving through the appropriate process, to address shortcomings in Indiana statute. These amendments included banning gun modifications that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like automatic weapons and raising the age to purchase an assault-style rifle from 18 to 21. The amendments were barred from any debate by the Republican Supermajority in the Senate, as HB 1424 was not afforded a committee hearing, ultimately denying the full Senate an opportunity for debate.
“Now, language that has nothing to do with the subject matter of the original bill has been inserted into the conference committee report, where no amendments can be offered or real change debated. I regret having to say it, but this is the legislature operating at its absolute worst.”
Sen. Lanane represents Indiana Senate District 25 which includes portions of Madison and Delaware counties, including the City of Muncie and the southeastern portion of the City of Anderson. For more information on Sen. Lanane, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S25.
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