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Fines from House Dems' boycott nearly collected

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The Indiana House has collected most of the fines that Democratic members received for their five-week boycott during this year's session.

House records show that more than $100,000 has been collected from the 39 Democrats whose boycott blocked legislative action. The members were fined about $3,100 each. The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne reports that only about $12,000 in fines remain uncollected.

Most has been collected through deductions from the legislators' expense checks, while some have directly paid their fines.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said the money will go into the House budget and if it is unspent at the end of the fiscal year, it will be returned to the state's general fund.

The Democrats brought the Indiana Statehouse to a near-standstill when they walked off their jobs for more than a month to prevent legislation they opposed from being considered by the General Assembly.

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