An Indiana state lawmaker says he won’t seek re-election next year following revelations that he arranged a meeting with a male escort at an Indianapolis hotel. But Republican Rep. Phil Hinkle is facing growing pressure from leaders of his own party to resign. Eighteen year old Kameryn Gibson tells the Indianapolis Star that Hinkle offered… Continue reading Indiana Lawmaker Under Pressure To Resign
A lawsuit challenging the way thousands of dollars in fines were collected from Indiana House Democrats who walked off the job early this year is awaiting a hearing in Indianapolis. Representative Bill Crawford filed the suit earlier this month. His attorney, Mark GiaQuinta, says Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma ran afoul of state law when… Continue reading Indiana Suit Challenges Collection Of Boycott Fines
Indiana legislative leaders have reached a tentative budget deal. House Speaker Brian Bosma says budget negotiators have worked out differences on major issues. They plan a budget committee meeting later today to outline details of the $28 billion plan. Republican House Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Espich says the budget will give schools slight funding… Continue reading Indiana Lawmakers Reach Tentative Budget Deal
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.
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 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.
The two leaders discussed labor and education bills that Democrats find objectionable and want withdrawn from consideration.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.