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Indiana House Democrats take boycott into second week

February 28, 2011

Indiana House Democrats' boycott against Republican-backed proposals is entering its second week.

The boycott began last Tuesday and Democrats are not expected to return to the Statehouse on Monday. House Democrats say they won't return unless Republicans give into their demands to change labor-related legislation.

But GOP leaders have refused to budge and say they won't be bullied into taking items off their agenda.

Meanwhile, union members planned to continue to gather at the Statehouse to support the Democrats. Union leaders said film star Danny Glover was scheduled to speak to a crowd of union supporters Monday afternoon.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said he will try to convene the House Monday afternoon. But without Democrats present, the House would not have a quorum required to do business.

Republicans hold 60 seats in the 100-member House, where 67 members must be present for the quorum required to conduct business. Most of the House Democrats have been staying in a hotel in a Comfort Suites hotel in Urbana, Ill., a college town 140 miles south of Chicago.

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