Contentious Commitee Hearing on Right to Work Bill
The Right To Work Bill (HB 1001) passed a committee Tuesday along party lines.
The House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 8-5 to advance a ban on contracts that require workers to pay union fees for representation.
Chairman Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) denied several amendments to be presented by Rep. David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) before the vote was taken. Rep. Craig Fry (D-Mishawaka) also tried unsuccessfully to add comment on the amendments.
Democrats claimed Republicans were denying the public access to the bill and denying them a chance to speak but Chairman Gutwein countered that they heard testimony on Friday.
The bill's author, Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) said the amendments were not germaine to the bill and none were serious.
The bill is scheduled for debate and possible changes on Thursday in the full House, with a vote by Friday. Speaker Brian Bosma has stated the bill could be in the Senate by Friday.
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