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House Paralyzed for Third Straight Day

Bauer: Dem lawyers working to redraft referendum amendment

1/19/2012

House Democrats say they "could" come back to work Friday morning, but only if they're satisfied with a reworked version of a proposed right-to-work referendum.

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House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer says attorneys in Indy and Washington are working on a way to get around constitutional concerns raised by the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency. He says it's not a quick process, and declares Democrats won't be rushed.

Fines against 31 of the 40 House Democrats have reached two-thousand dollars after they blocked the House from convening by refusing to come to the floor for a third straight day. Democrats are seeking a court order to block State Auditor Tim Berry from withholding those fines from their pay.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long accuses Bauer of concocting a "flimsy excuse" to delay a vote on behalf of Democrats' labor allies. He says Senate Democrats gave their House counterparts a referendum draft at the beginning of the week that would get around the constitutional objection. And he notes the L-S-A opinion is nonbinding -- Democrats could call the original amendment to the floor at any time.

Bauer says it would be harder to win approval if there's a constitutional "cloud" over the referendum.

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