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Long: House Democrats need to sit in their seats and work

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, criticized House Democrats on Thursday for failing to provide the House a quorum to conduct business as they continue to protest right-to-work legislation. “For individuals to refuse to do their job, to take a paycheck and refuse to sit […]

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Democrats stage rotunda caucus as Bosma announces fines

By Samm Quinn and Jessica Wray The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Fines have started accruing in the Indiana House for absent Democrats. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, announced Wednesday the penalties would begin immediately for the 35 members who were absent – most of whom were just one floor down, attending what they called a […]

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Video: House Minority Leader Pat Bauer addresses crowd at open caucus

House Democrats had an open caucus Wednesday in the Statehouse rotunda as House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, announced he would begin fining Democrats for failing to provide a quorum. Here’s Bauer addressing the caucus and the anti-right-to-work protestors surrounding the Democrats. Untitled from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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House again at partisan standstill

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Plans for the Indiana House to vote on an amendment that would send the right-to-work issue to a statewide referendum fell apart Tuesday when Democrats boycotted for the fifth day of this year’s session. House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, said minority Democrats were absent because […]

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Indiana House to consider statewide vote on right to work

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House and Senate are scheduled to hear and debate and proposed amendments on the Republican right-to-work bill Tuesday. House Democrats are expected to offer a handful of amendments, including one that would send right-to-work to a statewide vote. House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, […]

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Democrats seek a referendum on right-to-work issue

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Democrats will push for a statewide vote of Hoosiers before the state could implement right-to-work. Democrats said they will offer a referendum amendment to a Republican right-to-work bill when it’s considered on the House floor next week. House Minority Speaker Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, said […]

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RTW amendments to be considered Tuesday in House

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House will consider amendments on a contentious right-to-work bill Tuesday and then vote on it later next week, Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, announced Wednesday. The decision was an effort aimed at keeping minority Democrats – who have stalled four days of the 2012 session’s first […]

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Oklahoma workers speak out against RTW in their state

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Two Oklahoma workers spoke to labor supporters at the Statehouse Tuesday about the negative effects of right to work, as part of an AFL-CIO press conference. Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott introduced the speakers as “the people who actually live and work under the conditions that were […]

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Democrats cry foul, restart boycott after Republicans push RTW through House committee

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A Republican-led vote on a divisive right-to-work bill refueled a Democrat boycott Tuesday that left the House unable to take action for a fourth day since the session began last week. In less than 10 minutes early Tuesday, an Indiana House committee passed the right-to-work bill 8-5 […]

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House committee passes RTW as Democrats shout objections

Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – In less than 10 minutes, an Indiana House committee passed a right-to-work bill 8-5 in a raucous hearing that included no discussion or amendments from Democrats. Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Doug Gutwein, R-Francesville, said the committee would not accept amendments on the controversial bill because they […]

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