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Democrats seek voter referendum

Thursday, January 19, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The leader of the boycotting Indiana House Democrats said Thursday they are diligently working to find a way for a voter referendum on the contentious right-to-work bill, one that would survive questions on whether it is allowed under the state Constitution.

Democratic leader Patrick Bauer said the proposal could be prepared as soon as Friday, possibly clearing the way for the 35 absent Democrats to return to the House floor and allowing action on the right-to-work bill and other legislation.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, tried to gavel the House into order twice on Thursday. With only five of the 40 House Democrats present, there were too few members to conduct business -- the sixth of 11 days it has tried to meet this month.

Most of the absent Democrats were at a private meeting inside a Statehouse conference room. Majority Republicans voted Wednesday to impose $1,000-a-day fines on the boycotters.

Several dozen union protesters cheered from a hallway outside the House chamber as Bosma announced the House did not have a quorum. After two attempts to convene, Bosma said he would try again Friday morning.

"I really don't have a sense of much at this point," Bosma said. "No communication from the Democrats as to their intentions."


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Way to go democrats, i to believe it should be up to the voters and not the businessmen who want this bill passed, the first thing i can see in this bill being passed is workers will lose their rights that was agreed upon in contracts like seniority and benefits they negoiated with the business

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Fri, Jan 20, 2012, at 3:19 AM

Amen! let the people speak! You are a good American Citizen too Brazil Citizen. We the poor people should be more aggressive with our local leaders to make them abide by the will of the people.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Fri, Jan 20, 2012, at 11:25 AM

The will of the PEOPLE? Meaning the will of union stooges directed by union toadies? I've worked in two different unions, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and the Teamsters. I was a shop steward with the Teamsters, where we had people assigned out of Indianapolis to negotiate our contract with no local input. The workers were given the choice on the contract to "take it or leave it", basically "if you don't like it, then quit". Management already gives the employee that choice.

No person should have to pay union dues to work, anywhere!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Jan 20, 2012, at 8:40 PM


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