Indiana Lawmaker Stands By Criticism of Girl Scouts

Undaunted by a day of ridicule from the leader of his own party, an Indiana state lawmaker said yesterday he’s standing by his allegations that the Girl Scouts is a radical organization that promotes abortions and homosexuality. Both the scouts and Planned Parenthood dismissed Rep. Bob Morris’ comments as absurd, as did Republican House Speaker […]

GOP Imposes Fines on Boycotting Indiana House Democrats

Boycotting Indiana House Democrats are now facing fines of $1,000 per day for skipping legislative business over a labor bill pushed by the Republican majority. Most Democrats did not show up for two quorum calls this morning, prompting Republicans to impose the fines. The Democrats want the House to call for a referendum on the […]

Indiana House Democrats Again Delay Action On “Right-to-Work” Bill

Democrats in the Indiana House are again delaying a action on a controversial “right-to-work” measure pushed by the Republican majority. The House was supposed to consider Democratic amendments to the bill today, including a proposal to allow voters to decide if the state should adopt the policy related to the collection of union dues. But […]

Indiana “Right-to-Work” Bill To Get Another Hearing This Week

The Indiana General Assembly resumes Tuesday, with House lawmakers taking up a contentious labor bill. The Republican-led measure would prohibit unions at private companies from collecting mandatory union representation fees. The so-called “right-to-work” issue has prompted union demonstrations at the Statehouse and several days of boycotts by House Democrats. Democrats agreed to return to the […]

Indiana House Panel Passes “Right-to-Work” Measure

From the Associated Press: A panel of Indiana lawmakers has voted along party lines to move divisive right-to-work legislation to the full House of Representatives.   The House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 8-5 this morning to advance a ban on contracts that require workers to pay union fees for representation. The panel’s Republican […]

Update: Democrats Delay Indiana House Session

Indiana House Democrats delayed the start of their chamber’s legislative session today. Most remained behind closed doors in opposition to a so-called “right-to-work” bill being pushed by the Republican majority. The lack of a quorum forced Republican Speaker Brian Bosma to postpone the start of House business until Thursday afternoon. House Democratic leader Patrick Bauer […]

Democrats Delay Indiana House Session

From the Associated Press Most Indiana House Democrats weren’t on the floor Wednesday when the Republican speaker tried to start the new session, after the leader of the chamber’s Democrats hinted that party lawmakers may walk out for the second year in a row to oppose a “right-to-work” bill. The absence of most Democrats left […]

Indiana Legislature Holds Organizational Session

Indiana lawmakers today held their organizational session in preparation for the 2012 General Assembly. Hundreds of union members chanted outside the House and Senate chambers in opposition to Republican-led legislation that would make Indiana a so-called “right-to-work” state, where workers would not be required to pay union membership fees as a condition of employment.    […]

Indiana Lawmakers To Again Consider “Right-To-Work” Legislation

The top Democrat in the Indiana House says Republicans are crushing job opportunities in the state with their push to pass a contentious “right-to-work” proposal during the coming legislative session. House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer’s comments came after Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma announced today that passing the proposal will be his top priority during […]

Rep. Hinkle Says Teen Robbed Him

An Indiana state lawmaker now says he was robbed by an 18-year-old man after the two allegedly met for a sexual rendezvous. Republican Rep. Phil Hinkle of Indianapolis called his Aug. 6 meeting with Kameryn Gibson “stupid” but denied any wrongdoing in an interview yesterday. Gibson told The Indianapolis Star that Hinkle exposed himself when […]