State Rep. Blake Johnson issues statement on override of governor’s veto, SEA 148-2020

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INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Blake Johnson (D-Indianapolis) today issued the following statement in response to the House voting to override Governor Holcomb's veto of Senate Enrolled Act 148-2020:

“It is clear from today’s vote that the Indiana General Assembly and leaders in Indianapolis, Bloomington and other cities around our state absolutely agree on one thing: we all want to send a message to tenants about what their rights are.

“The difference is in what message we intend to send. In one instance, local leaders want to send a message in the form of a single sheet of paper that helps tenants better understand their options if they find themselves in the rare situation of having a landlord that isn’t following the law. On the other, it is an acceptance of untenable current circumstances that leave too many tenants without protection.

“Today, I voted to sustain the Governor’s veto because I believe that our responsibility should be to the public health and safety of families, especially those who are most vulnerable.”

The Governor's veto was overridden by the House with a vote of 67-32.

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