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January 18, 2012

Democrats plan legal challenge to Indiana House fines

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Democrats say they’ll go to court to challenge the $1,000-a-day fines they face for their legislative boycott over the right-to-work bill.

Democratic leader Patrick Bauer says he believes the House leadership doesn’t have the legal authority to deduct the fines from pay checks of members. A similar court challenge is pending from fines imposed on Democratic legislators who took part in last year’s five-week boycott.

House Republicans voted today to impose the fines after Democrats skipped the House session for the fifth time in 10 days it has tried to meet this month. Republican Speaker Brian Bosma says he intends to begin withholding the fines immediately from the boycotters’ paychecks. He says the deductions are legal.

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