INDIANAPOLIS | State Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker is warning Hoosiers that re-electing Republican majorities to the Indiana House and Senate will lead to divisive new laws on controversial social issues.
"The unwritten House Republican agenda is probably more important than what they actually put on paper," Parker said Monday.
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, announced last week a governing agenda that includes passing a balanced budget, improving worker training, expanding private school vouchers and promoting early childhood education.
The official plan does not include any social issues legislation, such as abortion restrictions or inserting religion in public affairs. However, Bosma said he will not use his power as House leader to block such measures if lawmakers propose them.
Parker said that's the same trick Republicans played two years ago.
The GOP didn't talk about school vouchers or right-to-work during the 2010 campaign but pushed those measures once the legislative session began, Parker said.
Republican lawmakers have privately told reporters they plan to introduce legislation encouraging the teaching of creationism in public schools, limiting use of the abortion pill, and proposing a "personhood" amendment to the Indiana Constitution that could prohibit in vitro fertilization in the state and ban some forms of birth control such as the intrauterine device and morning-after pill.
Parker said that's just the beginning of the Republicans' unwritten agenda if Mike Pence is elected governor and Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature.
"Think of any crazy idea, and that will probably be on it," he said.