Frye speaks at Republican meeting
Representative Randy Frye (R) spoke at the Ripley County Republican
Women's meeting held on Monday, February 28 at the Osgood Town
Hall. He updated the group on bills he has authored or supported,
steps that have been taken to improve economic development for
District 67 and discussed the walkout by Indiana Democrats on
In a statement from House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis),
the House Democrats fled to Urbana, IL until the Republicans agree
to kill certain bills. Included in the list are those bills that
involve charter school expansion and school vouchers as well as
labor bills such as HB 1468 Right to Work. The right to work bill
has died according to Rep. Frye and will not be heard this year.
The budget bill was included on the list and has received an extension
according to Rep. Frye.
I believe the legislative process being held hostage by
the Democrats is much larger than the 20 or so bills on their
list of demands, Rep. Frye said. I believe its
a direct assault on democracy. When the minority rules over the
legally elected majority, the will of the people is silenced.
Tyranny becomes the rule of law and socialism replaces democracy.
He explained that $25,000 a day is being wasted since the Democrats'
walkout. He noted that he has never missed a roll call and will
work on the behalf of his district. According to Rep. Frye, the
Democrats who have left the state have not received any salary
since February 27.
Rep. Frye touched on other issues of concern to the district.
For example, he has met with representatives from Camp Atterbury
and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center to determine the best opportunities
for economic growth for the area.
Through these discussions, Rep. Frye learned that there will be
a need for lodging for contractors teaching at MUTC. He is also
working on extending the project for improvements on US 50, currently
planned for the area between Seymour and North Vernon, to SR 101.
He has authored the Marriage Amendment that will prevent a judge
from determining that the current law prohibiting same sex marriage
as unconstitutional. Another bill authored by Rep. Frye was the
agritourism liability bill that limits the liability for the owner
of an agritourism business, such as a pumpkin patch or corn maze,
for minor accidents. It does not limit liability on incidents
caused by faulty equipment or untrained employees.
He explained that a committee has been formed to study what options
are available for the Versailles Lake. According to Rep. Frye,
a reservoir could greatly improve tourism for Ripley County. The
committee will work with county leaders, the Department of Natural
Resources and the Army Corp of Engineers to determine the best
course of action.
Rep. Frye concluded by urging those attending to stand up for
what they believe. He also asked them to pray for all the legislators.
I am proud and honored to be your representative,