News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 18, 2012

Indiana Democrats show no signs of ending boycott

TOM LoBIANCO
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Most Indiana House Democrats aren’t showing signs of ending their boycott over the right-to-work bill despite threats of $1,000-a-day fines.

More than 30 Democratic legislators gathered in the Statehouse Rotunda this morning for what they called a public caucus rather than go into the House chamber as Republican Speaker Brian Bosma has demanded. The Democrats began their meeting surrounded by hundreds of labor union supporters, with more watching from the balconies above.

Bosma had hoped to begin voting Tuesday on proposed amendments to the right-to-work bill, but most Democrats resumed their walkout after questions arose about the constitutionality of the statewide referendum they’re seeking on the proposal.

Democratic leader Patrick Bauer says his members will stay out as long as it takes lawyers to review the proposed referendum.