Bosma considers fines for boycotting Democrats

March 1, 2011

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says fines are among the only options left to try and persuade boycotting Democrats to return to the Statehouse after a week spent in Illinois.

Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he's being contacted by a growing number of the public who want Democrats fined, which is allowed by House rules. Bosma said he's thinking about it but just wants Democrats to return. Bosma noted that fines have been threatened in previous walkouts, but are often waived as a condition of the minority party returning.

Democrats fled Indiana last Tuesday to derail GOP-backed bills. They say they want to negotiate on the proposals before they return.

Bosma says he won't negotiate and that Democrats need to come back to work "like big boys and girls."


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