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Indiana Democrats continue right-to-work boycott

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Indiana House Democrats are keeping up their legislative boycott over the right-to-work bill a day after majority Republicans voted to start imposing $1,000-a-day fines.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma tried to gavel the House into order Thursday morning, but without the boycotting Democrats there were too few members present to conduct business for the sixth day this month. Only five of the 40 House Democrats were on the floor, with most of the others meeting in a Statehouse conference room.

A few dozen union protesters cheered from a hallway outside the House chamber as Bosma announced the House didn't have a quorum present.

Democrats say their lawyers need time to draft a proposal for a statewide referendum on the bill, which prevents employment contracts with mandatory union fees.

On Wednesday, House Democrats said they will challenge the fines in court.

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  • If they were like us
    For hard working citizens, if you do not show up to work, you get fired. Too bad we have to wait until the next election to do that. Shame on you; you're letting everyone down. Whether you agree or don't agree to a particular issue, you were elected to make things better. Last year and this year prove that is not your goal. Embarrassing for Indiana.
  • too bad
    I supported the dems walk out last year and some of it this year but they need to walk out for other stupid R bills as well. Let the right to work thing go it is killing your party worse than the national Democratic party.
  • Boring !!!
    The Democrats will stay away until the Republicans wave the fines and promise not to bring any bills to the floor they don't want to vote on and sweeten the pot with a few they couldn't get on the floor otherwise. The Republicans will fold because they don't have the spine to lead. Boring !!! Been here, seen that before.

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