Shelbyville State Representative Sean Eberhart says Thursday’s debate over a school-boundaries bill did offer some heckling and booing inside the chambers. He also notes that a confrontation outside the chambers with Indianapolis Democrat Representative Vanessa Summers did not go as most have reported.
The bill would allow the John Glenn School Corporation in Walkerton to break off and try to annex part of the South Bend schools. Indianapolis Democrat Greg Porter had just begun to argue against the bill, warning of a "slippery slope." But when Porter referenced "discrimination and segregation," several Republicans interrupted, with shouts of "no" and "c'mon, man."
Eberhart told GIANT fm News that this is when he decided to step out.
From there’ reports indicate Eberhart and Representative Vanessa Summers became involved in a confrontation that nearly became physical. This is disputed by Eberhart.
Fort Wayne State Representative Bob Morris, who reportedly “shoved Rep. Eberhart into the men’s restroom to separate the two,” according to a Journal Gazette reporter. Eberhart says Morris did intervene but it wasn’t necessary as far as the situation escalating.
Eberhart says an article on the situation in the Indianapolis Star has received some clarification about his reported use of a derogatory term.
Eberhart says he plans to speak with Rep. Summers when they return to session on Monday.
House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers), who's in his first full term as speaker after taking the gavel days before last year's adjournment, says he'll enforce the House's rules more strictly. He implored legislators to listen respectfully to each other and not impugn one another's motives, a prohibition explicitly included in House rules.