Indiana House GOP Approves Fines for Boycotting Democrats

by Gabe Bullard on March 3, 2011

Republicans in the Indiana House have approved $250-a-day fines against boycotting Democratic legislators.

Most House Democrats skipped Thursday morning’s floor session, extending their stay at an Urbana, Illinois hotel into an 11th day. The boycott is blocking action on labor and education bills the Democrats oppose by denying the House quorum.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says Democratic leader Patrick Bauer has told him the boycotting members will not return Friday. Bosma says he will hold off on formall censuring them as he had discussed earlier.

The fines will begin Monday. Such charges have been threatened in previous House walkouts, but have been waived when the minority party returns.

Additional reporting by the Associated Press

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