Legislative business in the Indiana House was stalled again this afternoon as most Democrats did not show up for a 1:30pm quorum call. Much of the Democratic caucus walked out of the chamber last night when Republican Speaker Brian Bosma cut off debate on a controversial right-to-work bill. The measure would prohibit labor unions at… Continue reading Democrats Continue to Stall Indiana House Business
Legislative business was postponed again today in the Indiana House of Representatives after most Democrats failed to report for two afternoon quorum calls. The House will reconvene this evening for Governor Mitch Daniels’ State of the State address. Democratic leaders have given no reason for the absence of party members. House Democrats returned to work… Continue reading Democrats Absent Again From Indiana House Session
Democratic Representative Shelli Vandenburgh says she and her colleagues want to return, but they believe the public needs to learn more about the GOP proposals.
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.
The two leaders discussed labor and education bills that Democrats find objectionable and want withdrawn from consideration. Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says he won’t take any bills off the calendar. Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer planned to return to Urbana, Illinois but said the two sides moved a bit closer to compromise.
Democrats say they want Republicans to negotiate concessions on labor and education bills before they’ll return, something the GOP has refused to do. Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says fines are among the remaining options to persuade them to come back.
Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer and House Speaker Brian Bosma both signaled a willingness Monday to negotiate, but no talks were scheduled. Dozens of House Democrats remain sequestered in an Illinois hotel.
Most of the House Democrats fled to Illinois this week to protest the Republican majority’s legislative agenda. The lack of a quorum has prevented the House from conducting any business.
At least three Democrats have acknowleged that they are in Illinois. Governor Mitch Daniels said he respects their actions and won’t take action to compel them to return to the Capitol.