Legislative business in the Indiana House remains idle as 35 Democrats again stayed out of the chamber to protest a “right-to-work” bill pushed by the Republican majority. The members skipped two quorum calls today. They walked off the House floor Monday night after losing an effort to put the measure on the November ballot. The… Continue reading Indiana House Business Delayed Again by Boycotting Democrats
Indiana lawmakers return to the statehouse today for the final week of the General Assembly Bills awaiting final action include a $28 billion two-year budget. Democrats are calling for the removal of a Senate budget provision that takes aim at boycotting lawmakers. It would allow constituents to file suit against legislators who walk off the… Continue reading Budget, Other Bills Await Indiana General Assembly Action
Speculation about a second boycott swirled when Democrats met behind closed doors Thursday morning, delaying House business. Bauer said Democrats were discussing concerns raised about the lack of public testimony during committee hearings this week, but not plotting a second boycott.
Feigenbaum says he believes many freshmen Republican lawmakers who make up the new House majority were too aggressive in trying to push through their agenda.
Democrats ended their protest of the Republican majority’s agenda and returned to the Statehouse Monday. For the first time in nearly six weeks, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma was able to declare enough members present in the chamber to conduct business.
“I will announce that I’ve been informed by Representative Bauer that the Democratic caucus plans to return this afternoon and conduct business,” Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Tuesday afternoon.
House Democrat spokesperson John Schorg says Minority Leader Patrick Bauer plans to talk to reporters by telephone following a party caucus today in Urbana, Illinois, where Democrats fled last month to protest the GOP legislative agenda.
The chamber has been without a quorum since Democrats fled to Urbana, Illinois last month to protest the GOP majority’s legislative agenda.
Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma both sounded hopeful that the impasse was near an end after meeting behind closed doors Wednesday. But they have still not reached agreement on the final sticking point of the stalemate: a bill dealing with labor union participation on certain government construction projects.
The leader of boycotting House Democrats said he had a “very positive” meeting with Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma Wednesday.