On Wednesday March 15th, the Indiana State Senate Judiciary committee held a hearing to discuss Senate Resolution SR002. The title of this resolution is “Urging the government of Turkey to cease its discrimination against the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Orthodox Christian Church”.
The resolution is being pursued by both the Chicago and Detroit Greek Orthodox Metropolises with the support of the Archons, clergy, and laity of both metropolises.
District 12 AHEPA and DOP are also supporting this resolution.
John Ackerman, director of media relations for Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, testified before the Indiana State Senate Judiciary Committee along with a few Archons in defense of the resolution. They did an excellent job highlighting the reasons behind the resolution.
It is great pleasure to inform everyone that the Indiana State Senate Judiciary Committee passed the resolution unanimously (7-0). A few days later on Monday March 20th, the resolution was formally passed in the State Senate General assembly by voice vote. The resolution will now be introduced in the Indiana House of Representatives where we look forward for passage and then to the Governor of Indiana.
AHEPA was formally represented at the committee hearing by Past AHEPA District 12 Governors Matthew Kochevar and Nick Kavadas.
You may read the resolution by clicking here: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/resolutions/senate/simple/2#document-cbe560fb
You may read the committee report including the recommendation of resolution changes and the formal vote here:
AHEPA District 12 would like to thank State Senator Lonnie Randolph for authoring and submitting this resolution to the Indiana State Senate and Co-Authored by State Senator Rick Niemeyer.
AHEPA District 12 would also like to thank the Judiciary Committee Chairman Rodric Bray and committee members Timothy Lanane, Greg Taylor, Lonnie Randolph, Michael Delph, Susan Glick, and Eric Koch for all voting to pass the resolution unanimously.