How a bill becomes a law
Written by thillman
Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:02 AM
As we approach the start of another
legislative session, you will begin to hear a lot from legislators about
bills they hope
to author and introduce in 2014. However, before we get into the
specifics, I want to get back to the basics and talk about
how a bill becomes law.
As I have shared before, the idea for many
bills comes from legislators who are out in their districts hearing what
constituents want and need. In fact, all of the bills that I will
be presenting in 2014 came to me from constituents. After
a bill is drafted, it is first read by title on the House floor.
At that point, the Speaker of the House, State Representative
Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), assigns the bill to a committee
whose job is to consider the merits of the legislation. Last
session, I was the chairman of Veterans Affairs and Public Safety,
in addition to serving as a member of the committees on
Financial Institutions and Roads and Transportation.
Once the bill has been assigned to a
committee, the committee can vote to amend the language and/or make
additions or deletions.
These committee hearings are always open to the public and are
streamed live on the Internet. If the bill passes out of the
committee with a simple majority, then the bill can be discussed
before the entire House for amendments, called Second Reading.
On Second Reading, the bill is ready for
amendment, recommitment or engrossment. This means that legislators can
to the bill as is, recommit it to another committee for further
exploration or move forward with no alterations. Any amendments
must win the approval of a majority of legislators before the new
bill can be ordered to engrossment.
This brings the bill up for Third Reading where legislators have the opportunity to debate the merits of the bill before it
is put up for a final vote. In order to pass and move onto the Senate, the bill must receive 51 votes. Once the completed
bill is presented to the Senate, this process begins all over again.
The Senate is then able to make amendments as
well, however the House would still have to agree to those amendments.
House refuses to give their consent, a conference committee is
established to work out the differences, with two members from
the House and two members from the Senate. All four members must
sign the conference committee report, and then it must be
passed by both the House and Senate.
In the final stage of the process, the bill is
sent to the governor. The governor sends each bill he receives to the
general so that it can be examined for legality. Once he gets the
“go-ahead” from the attorney general, the governor can either
sign the bill or, if he does not sign it within seven days, it
becomes law without his signature. Unless otherwise specified
in the bill, all new laws become effective July 31 of that same
As you can see, this is a very extensive
process. Each bill is given an in-depth look and vetted through the same
In fact, the process is so strenuous that on average, only two or
three of every 10 measures introduced survives the course
to become law. When a bill is passed in the Indiana legislature,
you can rest assured that it was given proper inspection
and assessed not only on its merits but also its lawfulness.
Rep. Frye (R-Greensburg) represents Ohio and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Ripley, Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson
and Dearborn counties.
Written by thillman
Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:55 AM
Dec. 12, 1963
50 years ago
Articles from Main Street:
A good way to judge the friendliness of a community toward a stranger
in their midst is for that newcomer to greet folks
as he walks down Main Street. This hasn’t worked for me in Rising
Sun . . . because nearly everyone I’ve met has greeted me
first. Barry Collins just stopped by and added me to his route for
the Cincinnati Enquirer. If you noticed some furious window-washing
going on at the Recorder-News Office Saturday it was two young
businessman named Roger Webb and Roger Neaman getting things
slicked up for the holidays.
Bob Braun, note Cincinnati TV personality,
will emcee a record hop here on the last night of the Sesquicentennial
July 11, he confirmed Tuesday. The dance, from 8 until 11 p.m.
will be sponsored by the Coca Cola Company, and will be without
cost to the committee. Tying in with the celebration, the dance
will be called the “Princesses’ Ball.” Present plans call
for a dance for older folk at another location at the same time.
Mrs. Dale Siekman, one of the Sesquicentennial directors,
will head the committee for old fashioned dress for the women of
the community. Not to be outdone, men of the committee also
laid plans for Brother of the Brush Clubs. Any man, who wishes to,
may start growing the Sesquicentennial beard after January
1, but it will not be obligatory until April 1. After April 1,
every man must either belong to a Brush Club or hold a “Shaver’s
Permit.” The permits will cost $1 in April, $2 if not purchased
until May, and $3 if put off until June.
Dr. W. R. Hatton, of Vevay, will open an office in Aurora Friday, Jan. 3, in the M & N Bootery building, for the practice
The Rising Sun Yacht Club voted unanimously to donate $25 to the Rising Sun Life and Rescue squad.
Charles Johnson, principal of the Junior High
School and John Roeder, principal of the High School, have announced
students received straight A’s for the second six-week grading
period. Included are sixth grade, Mike Brown; seventh grade,
Karen Brown and Vicki Licking; grade 8, Sharon Brown and grade 10,
Citizens of Patriot went to the polls last Tuesday and passed the $700,000 bond issue necessary to gain a Federal Housing
Administration loan of $1.5 million for the construction of an extensive water system there.
A beginning welding class is being organized for adults of Ohio County who would like to learn how to weld. This class will
meet one night each week in the shop of the Rising Sun High School for a series of at least ten meetings.
The Rising Sun Church of Christ, decorated with white gladioli, was the scene of the marriage of Nina Fay Bladen and David
Dilts in an impressive double ring ceremony ready by Robert Girdwood pastor of the Church Saturday, Nov. 23.
Births: to Mr. and Mrs. W. Gene Weaver, a daughter on Dec. 4 and has been named Beverly Sue; to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. McCool, a
daughter, Suzanne, Dec. 5.
Dec. 11, 1958
Robert P. Gridley, manager of Taylor Bros., Inc., was elected president of the Rising Sun Volunteer Fire Company and Elmo
Baldwin was named vice president at the company’s annual oyster supper in the United Church of Christ.
Births – to Mr. and Mrs. Denver Siekman, a daughter, Kathy Ann, Dec. 2.
Dec. 10, 1953
Rising Sun’s police car has been equipped with a two-way radio at a cost of $225 and police can now talk with police stations
at Aurora and Lawrenceburg.
Dec. 9, 1943
With the departure of Harold Poellman for Louisville, Ky., Friday to await assignment for ‘boot’ training in the Navy, Mrs.
Poellman announced that their store has joined the voluntary chain of Ben Franklin stores.
Dec. 8, 1933SNbS
Work on the corridor between the old and new school buildings is progressing nicely.
Miss Alice Menefee has won a place on the co-ed rifle team at Indiana University where she is a freshman this year.
Dec. 11, 1913
J. W. Whitlock & Co. will put into active operation early in 1914 a well equipped chair factory. They will utilize the fine
building used by them for several years for the manufacture of automatic harps.
Drop off donations when paying bill
Written by thillman
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 11:23 AM
We, at the Rising Sun Municipal Utilities, have always felt that the holidays are a time to reflect on our blessings and to
share those blessings with others. This is why we sponsor a community donations box.
We ask each of our customers to bring in a
little something to share with the less fortunate members of our
you come in to pay your utility bills in December please bring
along an item or two for the box. If you are not our customer
you are still welcome to donate and we will be very grateful for
We started our box 19 years ago to give people an easy location for which to drop off their donations and have been very pleased
with how it has grown each year.
All donated items are dispersed to the
organizations within our community so they can help the members of our
past donations have helped the school to ensure every student is
warm by providing hats, coats and gloves. Donations go to
the Ohio County Health Department, Services from the Heart, the
Free Store, and the residents of the Waters of Rising Sun,
as well as several others. If you want to donate to a specific
organization you can let us know where you want your item to
Items that are in high need are new clothing
(hats, gloves, coats, sweatshirts, sweatpants, house dresses, socks,
goods (tissues, toilet tissue, paper towels), health & beauty
products (lotions, shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc),
blankets, food items, toys and other gift items. We have needs for
all ages, so try to keep the seniors in mind, as well as
We at the Rising Sun Municipal Utilities would like to thank you for your continuing support and thoughtful donations. Your
kindness in sharing your blessings warms our hearts. Thank you all and we wish you all a bright and glorious Christmas and
Rising Sun Municipal
Is school meeting its purpose
Written by thillman
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 11:23 AM
I have been in deep thought for about a week now trying to figure out how something that was so important to my son and to
me and my extended family could have been taken away for no good reason.
So I thought I would do some reading on the school web site and I found some things that I wanted to share with the community
In the athletic hand book it states that ( The
major objective of the program is to provide wholesome opportunities
to develop from their experiences favorable habits and attitudes
for social and group living in a democratic world ) I guess
after playing basketball for Rising Sun for seven years they must
have figured he had enough opportunity.
In the Statement of Purpose it states
The purpose of the high school athletic program is:
1. To improve the image of the student athlete.
2. To strive always for practicing and playing for excellence.
3. To ensure growth and development that will raise the number of individual participants; that will give impetus to increasing
attendance at each contest; that will build up gate receipts.
4. To provide opportunities that will allow the program to serve as a laboratory where students may cope with problems and
handle situations similar to those encountered under conditions prevailing in the contemporary world.
The laboratory should provide adequate and natural opportunities for:
Physical, mental, and emotional growth and development.
Acquisition and development of special skills activities of each students choice.
A focus of interest on activity programs for student body, faculty, and community that will generate a feeling of unity.
It all sounds real good doesn't it? This is
just a small portion of what's in there, so can someone tell me how a
makes policies like this could let a new coach from out of town
come in here and cut all 4 seniors from the basketball team
for not communicating with him through the summer. I have tried
many times to communicate with the coach and after 8 days
I finally got my talk, I guess maybe he should be cut from the
team if that is his standards to get to play on this team.
I tried to relate to him on a caring human level, told him how
hard my son has worked to get stronger and faster and how he
was looking forward to his senior basketball season, how he has
also taken this opportunity away from my wife and I along
with most of all my 73 year dad who loves to come to the games and
watch his grandson play basketball. It was a complete waste
of my breath. He has not only done an injustice to these 4 boys
but in my opinion has put some of the boys who are still playing
at risk of injury, by putting them up against boys much bigger and
My son is the fifth generation in my family to
attend school at Rising Sun and play sports there, my dad was a school
member for many years so my family has a lot of ties to this
community and I couldn't think of living anywhere else. But this
whole thing has put a really bad spin on how we think about the
school at this point!
The school board has also denied us the chance
to speak at the school board meeting, someone needs to remind them who
them in and why, nothing speaks louder than the voice of the
public as for me and my family we will not be attending any basketball
games in Rising Sun as long as they allow this coach to do what he
is doing to these young men and this community.
As a final note under school board ethics the very first one at the top of the page is.
(THINKING ALWAYS IN TERMS OF CHILDREN FIRST)
Stock sold for sesquicentennial
Written by thillman
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 11:22 AM
Dec. 5, 1963
50 years ago
sale of Sesquicentennial stock will begin very soon; it was announced
Tuesday night by Sesquicentennial President David
Bailey at a meeting of officers and directors. Myron Gregory has
accepted the chairmanship of the fund raising committee;
the stock certificates have been printed and are ready for sale as
soon as Mr. Gregory completes his committee. He will choose
resident of various parts of the county, so that every Ohio
Countian may be contacted during the sales campaign. The attractive
blue and gold stock certificates bear the official seal of the
Rising Sun and Ohio County Sesquicentennial which was designed
by Virgil Hewitt. Financial goal for the celebration is an
operation capital of $3,000. An outdoor barometer will be set up
in the downtown district to show from time to time the progress of
the stock sale. The amount of stock sold, in money, will
be tied in with the years of the town’s history, so that every
$100 raised will represent five years. When the full $3,000
is subscribed, the barometer will show the 150 years of Rising
Sun’s age. Other money making plans include license plates
and souvenir china plates (designed by Earl (Red) Kinnett.
A public hearing was held December 2 at the
library of the high school concerning a proposed school reorganization
has been drawn up for Ohio County. If approved by the voters the
new school corporation will come into effect on July 1, 1964.
If approved as now presented it will become the Rising Sun-Ohio
County Community School Corporation. The reorganization calls
for all the board members to be elected by the entire voting
population of Ohio County, similar to the way county commissioners
A1c Charles B. Robinson has received the airman achievement award for devotion to duty and meritorious served and was elected
outstanding airman of the 815th combat support group supply for the month of October 1963.
Carol Sue Smith was third place winner in a
contest recently conducted by Radio Station WSAJ, Cincinnati. Station
hit a snag, however, when they started phoning Patriot in order to
“talk” with third place winner Carol Sue. Eventually Mrs.
Ada Smith, wife of the postmaster in Patriot, informed them this
would be a tricky task as Carol Sue is only nine months old.
Mrs. Smith had submitted her daughter’s name in the contest, with
no idea of her winning or the chaos that would follow if
she should win. Mark Edwards, director of the station, replaced
Carol’s prize of two tickets to the Dick Clark Show with two
David Marion of Arab, Ala., has become managing editor of the Ohio County News and The Rising Sun Recorder.
Births – a daughter was born Nov. 18 to Mr. and Mrs. Bobbie Townsend. She has been named Laura and weighed 9 lbs. A baby boy was
born Dec. 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Clements. He has been named Dennis Lee and weighed 7 lbs and 6 ozs.
Dec. 4, 1958
Members of the Ohio County Rescue Service are busy remodeling the new quarters provided for them, rent free, by the J. W.
Whitlock Company in the north end of their brick building on Walnut Street.
Dec. 1, 1933
Births – to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence VanTyle, a daughter, Florence Marie, Nov. 26.
The new Barricklow 5 and 10 cent store will open Dec. 9.
Nov. 30, 1923
An up-to-date cement block making machine has been purchased and installed by Jesse Bailey, builder and contractor.