GOP Leaders Will Push Right-to-Work Bill
Bosma, Long say bill is session's #1 priority; Dems leave options open
Senate President Pro Tem David Long (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)
Republican legislative leaders say a right-to-work bill will be their top priority in the upcoming session.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma call the lack of a right-to-work law the last major barrier to economic development in Indiana. They say one-third to one-half of businesses seeking to locate new projects won't even consider the 28 states without such a law.
Last session, Long and Bosma deferred to committee chairmen on right-to-work, and pulled the plug after House Democrats bolted in protest. This time, Bosma is co-sponsoring the bill, and warning against a second walkout.
Minority Leader Patrick Bauer says he'll wait to see what happens. He doesn't rule out risking fines against absent members if a walkout is necessary "to protect ourselves against the tyranny of the majority."
Bauer maintains right-to-work would cost jobs, not create them.