We, The People of Indiana, expect to have open access to our State Assembly and to our elected officals when the government is in session. We live in a representative democratic republic, and the votes we cast that place our lawmakers in public service empower us to visit our government buildings to address the business of the public and government with them.
The Statehouse has been in existance since 1888, and citizens have been peacefully coming to the building to visit their legislators since that time. I have not been able to find any record of any major safety incident to date, and the building is well staffed with Indiana State Police and security officers that can handle any situation that should arise with a large gathering of people. With this all in mind, what reason is there at this moment in time to begin adding restrictions aside from political motivations?
And even if safety is a concern, the State Constitution (the highest law in the State) specificly forbids the restrictions you have put in place to keep individuals from entering The Statehouse.
The Constitution of The State of Indiana: Article 1, Section 31. No law shall restrain any of the inhabitants of the State from assembling together in a peaceable manner, to consult for their common good; nor from instructing their representatives; nor from applying to the General Assembly for redress of grievances.
We, The People, therefore demand access to our house, The People's House. We pay taxes so that the Statehouse can be an open building in which we may come and address our legislators and government officials.
Hoosiers want to live in a state that is a democracy, not in a dictatorship or a state run by crony capatialists. We expect our Statehouse doors to be open for all citizens!