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