Caucus secrecy cloaks important legislative moves

Indiana Statehouse
Indiana Statehouse (WISH Photo/ Marcie Mangan)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Getting a good idea of what Indiana’s lawmakers are thinking on some of the toughest issues of the day often requires finding a way into private caucus meetings of the General Assembly.

The importance of those private meetings became clear this session as fights over gay marriage and nursing home construction spilled out from behind their closed doors.

Republican Sen. Mike Delph was penalized for tweeting about a caucus discussion on gay marriage. Another powerful House Republican’s efforts to block the construction ban occurred not in public, but in private caucus meetings. Rep. Eric Turner’s lobbying sparked a call from Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma for an ethics investigation last week.

But that investigation might not be possible, because lawmakers are sworn to secrecy inside the private meetings. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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