“There will not be official action taken at these committee hearings but bills will be heard, the public will be heard, potentital amendments will be discussed,” said House Speaker Brian Bosma
The Senate’s top Republican says his side of the Statehouse will begin hearings this week on the budget that’s been stalled in the House during the boycott.
The bill would raise the threshold at which union participation and wages are required on those projects. Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says he’s made his final offer toward a compromise. He says in addition to the higher fine, discussions about a formal censure of Democrats will begin next week.
The Democrats fled three weeks ago to protest the Republican majority’s legislative agenda, including measures dealing with labor unions and education.
While there are no sure signs that Democrats will return to the Statehouse on Monday, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma told reporters Wednesday that a letter and phone call he received from Democratic leader Patrick Bauer are positive signs. Bauer said he was “cautiously optimistic” after speaking with Bosma, but ending the boycott is a “day-by-day” decision.
Republican Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley of Noblesville says he may start holding budget hearings next week, even though the actual budget bill is caught in the House impasse. He says he’ll make a decision about hearings at the end of this week if Democrats don’t return.
For the beginning of the third week In a row, we fail to have a quorum for the conduct of business, much to the pleasure of the protesters,” said Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma, referring to pro-union groups that have been holding demonstrations at the Statehouse.
The Democratic boycott that stalled House business was triggered by committee passage of a GOP measure that would prohibit companies from requiring union membership or fees as a condition of employment.