Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that he plans to sign a series of controversial measures that include gun and abortion legislation.
Lawmakers approved a bill this session allowing legislative staffers to carry guns into the Statehouse. Holcomb says he supports the reasoning behind the bill.
“They put in long hours – especially during the session – and they are walking blocks away, oftentimes after midnight. And I can sympathize with someone who wants to be able to protect themselves and feel secure,” Holcomb says.
And after pledging to sign that bill, Holcomb did crack a joke about it.
“This is my first budget session and the legislature saw fit to arm their staff and not mine,” Holcomb says.” I don’t know what signal that is sending me.”
Holcomb also says he’ll sign a bill requiring judges to decide whether parents are told that their minor daughter is asking the court’s consent for an abortion.
“I see it as a parental rights issue and responsibility and common sense,” Holcomb says.
The governor also pledged to sign the school prayer bill and a measure allowing the use of marijuana-extracted oil in treating children with epilepsy – noting he was happy to sign the latter.
“This does not put us on a slippery slope to legalizing marijuana. Quite the contrary,” Holcomb says.
“I’m not there yet; still reviewing it,” Holcomb says. “Looking at every angle.”
Holcomb has until next week to sign – or reject – all approved bills.