State Representative Scott Pelath, the same representative known for working closely with Speaker Pat Bauer in the past, is refusing to budge on the detail of free cancer screenings, according to The Journal Gazette.
The Senate conferees want the amendment, price tagged at about $23 million, to be removed, but Pelath's refusal to budge puts the whole bill in danger of dying before it reaches Governor Daniels' desk. The cost of the amendment itself is not the crux of the problem; it's the fact Pelath wants it to pass along with the rest of SB 89.
The suspicion that Pat Bauer is trying to be a puppetmaster on a sabotage mission remains in the back of my head. Nevertheless, I'm still keeping faith that things will work out for this bill.