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Thaw in Relations in Indiana House

Dems end 2nd walkout; Bosma puts off right-to-work action till Tuesday

1/11/2012

House Democrats and Republicans have reached detente in the war over right to work.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says a Tuesday hearing in which Labor Committee Chairman Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) gaveled the bill through without debate or amendments was within the letter of House rules, but "perhaps not democracy's finest hour."

But Bosma adds both parties are under heavy pressure. He points to threats and other shouts from protesters in the spectators' gallery after the committee vote.

Democrats returned to the chamber Wednesday after their second boycott of the week-old session, with Bosma pledging to delay further action on the bill until Tuesday. That gives Democrats a second weekend to conduct their own hearings around the state to rally opposition.

Minority Leader Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend) says the looser schedule is what Democrats wanted, and says the caucus will be on the floor the rest of the week and on Tuesday, unless there are "aberrations."

A final vote could come as early as Wednesday, but Bosma and Bauer have not yet reached an agreement on the timing of that vote. The Senate could vote as early as Thursday on an identical bill in that chamber, where Republicans hold a walkout-proof majority.

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