It is sometimes useful to contrast Indiana’s General Assembly with a local city council, even though there are obvious differences.
What they have in common is the fact that they are the legislative branch for their respective levels of government.
At Saturday’s 2023 Indiana NOW State Conference, state senator Shelli Yoder talked about the fact that during the 2024 legislative session, each senator will be allowed to put forward just five bills.
The limit on the number of bills is determined by the majority party, which is now the Republican Party.
Yoder is a Democrat. She said that when she first started serving in the senate the limit was 15, but has been ratched downward.
What’s the lay of the local legislative land? The group of nine councilmembers who will be sworn in on Jan. 1, 2024 are all Democrats. It has been an all-Democrat council since 2012.
How many pieces of legislation is a Bloomington city councilmember allowed to put forward in a given year? Continue reading “Column: How will Bloomington’s 2024 city council build its meeting agendas?”
Jennifer McCormick, candidate for Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee (Nov. 11, 2023 NOW conference)
Shruti Rana, Bloomington city councilmember-elect for District 3 (Nov. 11, 2023 NOW conference)
Kerry Thomson, Bloomington mayor-elect (Nov. 11, 2023 NOW conference)
From left Carolyn Jackson and Shelli Yoder (Nov. 11, 2023 NOW conference)
On Saturday, downtown Bloomington was host to some prominent Democratic Party figures on at least three levels of the political landscape—city, region, and state.
The occasion was the 2023 Indiana NOW State Conference, which was held at the Monroe County History Center.
Delivering remarks were: Bloomington’s mayor-elect, Kerry Thomson; state representative Carolyn Jackson (District 1) and state senator Shelli Yoder (District 40); and a candidate for the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination in 2024, Jennifer McCormick. Continue reading “Democrats speak at Indiana NOW conference held in Bloomington: ‘We are going to win…’”