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Democrats Recraft RTW Referendum, Say They'll Return Monday

Bauer, Bosma spar over charges of broken commitments

1/20/2012

House Democrats are signaling they'll return to the floor Monday for a long-delayed debate on right-to-work.

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Minority Leader Patrick Bauer says a revised referendum proposal would make right-to-work effective the day before Election Day and repeal it the day after, unless voters lift the expiration date. He declares that should make it constitutional. But Democrats refused to return to the floor without assurances from Speaker Brian Bosma that it is constitutional.

Bauer and Bosma engaged in an unusually caustic exchange on the House floor, with the speaker reminding Bauer of his pledge to bring Democrats in on Tuesday, and Bauer demanding a public commitment from Bosma to allow a vote on the referendum and certify its constitutionality. Bosma immediately promised the vote, but says it's not the legislature's job to decide whether anything's constitutional.

Bauer said he'd have to discuss the pledge with his caucus. When Bosma pressed him to estimate when he'd have an answer, Bauer said, "It depends," prompting jeers from Republican legislators on the floor. 40 minutes later, Bauer returned to announce Democrats weren't satisfied, but would return Monday after taking the extra time to review their amendment's constitutionality for themselves.

Republicans imposed a third day of fines on absent Democrats , bringing the total for this week's four-day boycott to three-thousand dollars for most members.

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