Hints of a House Republican split over ‘religious liberty’ bill

5:48 pm Mar. 27, 2015

Today’s developments on the “religious liberty” front include two signs of a deep House Republican split over the issue:

A) Chairman Wendell Willard announced a 10 a.m. Monday meeting of the House Judiciary Committee, reportedly to revisit the anti-discrimination clause that gutted SB 129, which is now tabled.

B) Then consider this Tweet from state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, the sponsor of SB 129, to our AJC colleague Kristina Torres:

The House majority

Agreement on both sides: ‘Religious liberty’ bill would gut local anti-discrimination ordinances

4:55 pm Mar. 26, 2015

Updated at 6:05 p.m.: After the adoption of a non-discrimination clause introduced by state Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven, S.B. 129 was tabled by the House Judiciary Committee, making it very unlikely that it will reach a House floor vote before the end of the session.

Original: After 10 weeks of vague arguments, the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday got down to the nitty-gritty of what SB 129, the religious liberty

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signs religious liberty bill

1:56 pm Mar. 26, 2015

Just moved by the Associated Press:

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination

An effort to restrict early voting resurfaces

12:51 pm Mar. 26, 2015

You know that fight over early voting that Democrats in the Legislature thought they had ducked through their support of the transportation funding bill? It’s back.

H.B. 194, the bill authored by state Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming, would sharply curtail the early voting period and restrict weekend voting to four hours on either a Saturday or Sunday, but not both.

It missed the Crossover-Day deadline, but we’re told that the measure