Dem Walk-Out Jeopardizes Important Legislation PDF Print E-mail

Guest column by Steve Davisson

The start of the 2012 session has been a tumultuous one to say the least. For the second session in a row, the House Democrats failed to show up to the House Chamber on account of the controversial Right-to-Work bill. Without a Democratic presence, the House Republicans were unable to begin conducting the business we were elected to do – a job that the House Democrats seem to have forgotten.
However, with the one-day return of the House Democrats this past Monday, we were able to commence what is sure to be a historical session. While Right-to-Work has clearly dominated the media, there are a number of other issues that warrant attention as well.
I have filed a number of important bills this session, including one that reduces the liability for injury or harm of an individual that has a private cemetery on their property. This will hopefully increase the accessibility of these graveyards to the public so that they are able to visit them more often and also protects the homeowners associated with the property.  
Additionally I have filed a bill that pertains to the employment of returning veterans. The bills calls for a $750 tax credit granted to employers who hire a returning veteran within a year of the veteran’s return from active duty.  It is important that we do everything that we can to help our returning veterans find jobs to support their families as they and their families have given their sacrifice and service to our nation. Three other bills that I have filed this session pertain to healthcare and I will update you on these bills as we progress through the legislative session.
These legislative issues are very important to our district, and I hope that the House Democrats return to their seats so that the voice of the people can be heard. There is much work to be done and much discussion to be had on these issues and it will take an effort from both sides to see this session through.