While Ind. legislature is at standstill, two representatives open dialogue with citizens

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by Adrianna Hopkins

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 5, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 5 at 9:58 PM

(WHAS11)  In light of the standstill in the Indiana legislature, two legislators representing Jeffersonville decided it was a good time to hear from constituents.
 

From education, to the Democrats walkout in the Indiana legislature no topic was off the table of discussion, between the citizens of Jeffersonville IN and the people they elected to represent them; Republican Senator Ron Grooms and Democratic Representative Steve Stemler.
 

Rep. Steve Stemler, the lone Democrat who chose to stay in Indiana when his colleagues left said, “I would never walk out on any job.  I was elected to do a job and that’s what I intend to do.”
 

Sen. Ron Grooms said, “I support the Right to Work Bill.  I just don’t believe a condition of my employment should be I have to join something I may not want to join and pay dues to something I may not want to pay dues to.”
 

And just once during the two hour session, things got tense, but in general, many of the 100 or so people who were there felt this was a healthy, necessary discourse.
 

Kelly Khuri, a Jeffersonville resident said, “I think it says something very well.  It bodes well for the citizens; this is what we’re supposed to do.  People are frustrated with what’s going on. They’ve got different issues, the climate, everything, just everything.”
 

Sen. Grooms and Rep. Stemler took home a list of questions from people, which they said they plan to address and answer.
 

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