Governor Mitch Daniels has joined leaders of the Indiana House and Senate in closing down state operations. On Monday, Daniels said he wouldn’t close state government offices due to the severe winter storm raking the state. But it wasn’t long after the Indiana Senate and House cancelled their afternoon floor sessions that the Governor announced all non-essential state employees would be sent home due to the inclement weather. The House and Senate were scheduled to hear a combined sixty-four bills… including government reform, vote centers, and a phase-out of the inheritance tax. They will now be rescheduled for other dates. House Speaker Brian Bosma says it’s been about ten years since weather forced the cancellation of a legislative session day. Daniels has not made a decision about state operations on Wednesday.
Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Stan Jastrzebski reports from the Statehouse. The Associated Press contributed to this report.