House Democrats Slated to Return Monday
House to vote on right-to-work referendum, 54 more amendments
House Democrats say they'll end their third walkout of the legislative session Monday afternoon and debate amendments to the right-to-work bill.
Democrats backed off a previous pledge to return to the floor last week, after the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency raised constitutional concerns about their call for a referendum to approve right-to-work. The Senate has already rejected the revised version they'll present today, which would put the law in effect the day before the election and repeal it the day after, unless voters give their blessing.
The referendum is one of 55 amendments to the right-to-work bill the House will have to wade through. 21 more bills, including a smoking ban and local government reform, are stuck in line behind it --eight bills have been added to the pile since the walkout began on Tuesday.
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) hopes to hold a final vote on right-to-work on Tuesday. The walkout-proof Senate plans a final vote Monday on its version.
Most House Democrats are facing $3,000 fines over last week's walkout, though a judge has blocked plans to collect the money through payroll deductions.
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