Action in the Indiana House of Representatives remains stalled over Democratic opposition to a Republican-sponsored bill dealing with labor unions.
“Well, I guess with the absence of a quorum and the continued absence of a quorum to do the people’s business, the House will stand in recess until the fall of the gavel at 2:00pm,” said House Speaker Brian Bosma after attempting to convene the chamber for a second time at noon.
Most of the House Democrats have not shown up today, leaving the chamber without the minimum 67 members needed to conduct business.
According to a newspaper report, Democrats have fled to another state to boycott on a right-to-work bill they say would weaken labor unions.
The measure was approved by a House committee Monday.
Hundreds of pro-union protesters returned the Statehouse Tuesday to voice opposition to the bill.
A source has told the Indianapolis Star that the Democrats have fled to Illinois or perhaps Kentucky. It mirrors the situation In Wisconsin, where action on a contentious union bill is being stalled by Democrats who have fled to Illinois.