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House passes right-to-work bill as protests cheered outside

Democrats open Indiana House chamber doors for right-to-work debate from The Statehouse File on Vimeo. By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a right-to-work bill 54-44 Wednesday after a chaotic debate that included union workers yelling through the chamber’s door to try to drown out Republicans who support the legislation. House […]

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Democrats boycott as right-to-work bill becomes eligible for vote

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – One day after Democrats walked out of the Indiana House of Representatives frustrated again over right to work, they boycotted the chamber again Tuesday, blocking a vote on the legislation as well as work on dozens of bills that aren’t related to the controversial issue. Democrats are […]

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House GOP defeats RTW referendum proposal; Democrats walk out

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS –Republicans in the Indiana House beat back seven amendments offered by Democrats on Monday – including one that would have sent the question to the ballot for a referendum – as they prepared a right-to-work bill for a vote by the full chamber. The Senate passed a right-to-work […]

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Senate passes right-to-work bill 28-22

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed the contentious right-to-work bill 28-22 on Monday as a large crowd of union members protested just outside. The bill’s author, Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, said he understood the reasons some people oppose the bill. But he said that he started working on the legislation […]

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Advocates for RTW outspending opponents in Indy ad battle

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Advocates for right to work have spent four times as much money as labor supporters over the past three weeks in an Indianapolis broadcast advertising war. Tuesday night, after Gov. Mitch Daniels delivers the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, the stakes […]

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Hairstylists battle de-licensing bill

Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of hairstylists came to the Statehouse Friday to fight a bill that would deregulate their profession.  Lawmakers said later there voices were heard. The cosmetologists oppose House Bill 1006, authored by Rep. David Wolkins, R-Winona Lake. The legislation will eliminate their professional licensing boards as well as […]

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Senate defeats RTW referendum, House to consider Monday

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – After nearly two weeks of inaction, the Republican-controlled Senate approved only minor changes to a right-to-work bill Friday, making it eligible for a vote of the full chamber next week. In the House, though, work remained at a standstill. Although Democrats said they had perfected language to […]

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Another day, another delay – maybe not another dollar

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats skipped a session of the Indiana House floor again Thursday but worked on two tracks. They won a ruling late Thursday from a Marion County judge who blocked the collection of fines for three of their members, a decision that could impact the fines for the […]

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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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