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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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Democrats say they will return to House

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Democrats say they are going to the House floor at 1:30 p.m. Monday, providing House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, the quorum the chamber needs to conduct business. The move would end – at least for now – Democrats’ boycott over right-to-work legislation that they say would hurt unions and working Hoosiers. […]

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Democrats push new work share program as alternative to right to work

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats are proposing what they hope could be an alternative to the right-to-work legislation that has divided the Indiana House of Representatives for the past two years. They say work share – an unemployment insurance program allowed by federal rules and in use by nearly half of […]

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Opponents, supporters debate merits of right-to-work

Right to work debate to the Indiana Statehouse – Jan 6, 2012 from The Statehouse File on Vimeo. By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — A controversial right-to-work measure took its first step Friday to becoming a law when it won the approval of a state Senate committee. The vote came after nearly five […]

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Bauer: Boycott can’t last indefinitely

By Alec Gray and Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The third-ranking Democrat in the Indiana House gave up his leadership post Friday and left most of his colleagues behind as he returned to the chamber willing to work on controversial labor legislation. The move by Rep. Dale Grubb, D-Covington, was the latest and […]

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NFL players issue statement criticizing Indiana’s right-to-work legislation

NFL Player Union statement against right-to-work: As NFL players, we know our success on the field comes from working together as a team. We’re not just a team of football players—we’re also the fans at games and at home, the employees who work the concession stands and the kids who wear the jerseys of our […]

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Democrats fear fines if they keep boycotting House

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A day away from triggering possible $1,000-per-day fines, Democrats who skipped Wednesday and Thursday’s House sessions are looking for new ways to turn the public against a Repblican right-to-work proposal. Though House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he hadn’t yet decided when he would start imposing fines, […]

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Bosma, Bauer meet on right-to-work; Democrats undecided about returning to session

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana House met behind closed doors Thursday just before noon but it wasn’t clear when they emerged whether Democrats are ready to end a boycott so lawmakers can begin conducting business. House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, said he […]

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House Democrats boycott first day of 2012 session; Republicans vow to stick with their agenda

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said Wednesday that the GOP won’t take right-to-work off the agenda this year. Click here to hear why. INDIANAPOLIS – Work at the Indiana House stopped even before it started Wednesday as Democrats spent hours in a closed-door meeting that denied majority Republicans the […]

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Video: Statehouse security on the first day of the 2012 session

See what happened when protestors showed up Wednesday for the first day of the 2012 legislative session, just hours before Gov. Mitch Daniels rescinded controversial new security rules. Statehouse security on the first day of the 2012 legislative session from John Krull on Vimeo.

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