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House Democrats' Walkout Ends

But Bauer warns Dems may again slow down work over right-to-work bill

1/9/2012


House Democrats return to the floor to finally begin the new legislative session. (WIBC.com photo Eric Berman)

The Indiana House has finally convened for the new legislative session, six days late.

House Democrats ended a protest over a right-to-work bill that kept them off the floor for the first three days of the session and prevented bills from being assigned to committee.

Minority Leader Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend) says the party has achieved its goal of educating people about the controversial bill, which would ban unions from forcing workers to pay a portion of their dues to cover collective bargaining costs, whether they join the union or not.

Democrats held field hearings over the weekend in Fort Wayne, Gary and Evansville.

But Bauer warns Democrats may still slow down the session if they believe Republicans are ramming the bill through too quickly.

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