Prepping for Possible Super Bowl Protests

By Max Resnik

January 19, 2012 Updated Jan 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – A press conference was held Thursday morning at the Statehouse in Indianapolis to address mounting concerns of union protests at the Super Bowl over Right to Work.

Senate President Protempore David Long (R-16) held the press conference in the basement of the Statehouse where he said past Super Bowl hosts have also been Right to Work states. Long said those states have not encountered union protests, and he remains hopeful that will be case February 5.

“The majority of Super Bowls have been held in Right to Work states, and it’s never been an issue before. And it shouldn’t be an issue here. It’s just a political ploy.”

Long described the Super Bowl as perhaps the biggest sporting event the state has ever seen. He also said the Super Bowl is possibly the biggest single event of any kind in the state’s history. Long says there is no room for error as the eyes of the world will be on the Hoosier State.

“To allow [protesters] to negatively impact our Super Bowl, for the people of Indiana, that’s totally unacceptable. I don’t think the people of Indiana will put up with that. Nor will the people of Indianapolis.”

A quorum could not be reached for another day as democrats protesting Right to Work remained absent from the House floor. Long says democrats and Hoosier voters need to understand that Right to Work is about creating choices for Indiana workers. When asked if voters could choose whether to allow Right to Work to become law through a referendum, Long said voters need to trust their elected officials. He says they are doing their constitutional duty to pass Right to Work.

“The constitution says it’s the legislature’s job to handle it, and that’s the way it has to be like it or not. It’s our job. It’s the way it’s always been done, and that’s the way this bill will be handled as well.”

Long says referendums in the State of Indiana only apply to local tax issues.

The Super Bowl Planning Committee says they remain on course with Super Bowl preparations. They say they will leave any protesting to public safety officials.

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