Tensions flare between state leaders as boycott continues

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The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana House had a tense 10-minute exchange on the House floor Friday morning over whether Democratic leaders will end their boycott over the right-to-work bill.

Republican Speaker Brian Bosma tried unsuccessfully to convene a House session that was skipped by most Democrats.

Minority Leader Patrick Bauer took to the floor microphone, saying he had filed a new proposal calling for a statewide voter referendum on the right-to-work issue. He pressed for an agreement that the referendum wouldn't be regarded as unconstitutional.

Bosma replied he couldn't guarantee it was constitutional, but assured Bauer that the House would vote on the proposal if Democrats returned.

Bosma asked Bauer as he was leaving whether the Democrats would return later Friday morning. "We'll see" was Bauer's response.

Bauer returned to the floor later in the morning to say his boycotting members are willing to return at "high noon" Monday to begin debating the right-to-work bill.

He said Democrats will work over the weekend to remove a cloud of unconstitutionality over their proposal for a statewide referendum on the bill.


  • Dont' trust them!
    I hope they don't get away with this referendum thing -- it's just a stall tactic for one thing.

    Since the public favors RTW by a 2 to 1 margin, what do the democrats gain by putting this to a referendum? If the public votes in favor of RTW I guess they buy some cover from their union bosses by saying that they tried everything.

    Everyone except the most naive know that the unions are controlled by organized crime. If they are putting the democrats up to this, I smell a rat. I wouldn't trust any referendum to be handled fairly.
  • We already voted!
    When the voters reduced the number of opponents to right-to-work in the last election, we were voicing our opinion about the bill that drew so much attention last year. If we start doing referendums to decided on bills in the state legislature, why do we need the legislature if we are doing their work?
    What a bunch of losers. How irresponsible can you be to not show up for work, I don't care what the issue. They are less responsible than my Kindergarten grandson.
  • Right to Work...
    Someone needs to tell Bauer that the Right to Work Bill passing would result in better quality toupees!!! Come on Republicans, can't you be as creative as those of us that can co-exist with those that have different opinions???
    They all need impeached. They are elected to do a job, and they are not doing it!!!! They are setting an awesome example for school children. If you do not agree with your fellow students...don't go!!!
  • Whatever
    Yeh Yeh Yeh...Bauer has no intention to keep his word. This is stupid and a waste of taxpayer money. Start fining!

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