Indiana Democrats Gamely Holding Out on Right to Work

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 8:15 am

Indiana Democrats in the State House walked out again to deny a quorum, as Republicans attempted to pass their right-to-work bill and clear the last hurdle before moving the bill to Mitch Daniels for his signature. The House tried and failed to come in at both 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., as not enough representatives [...]

Indiana Right to Work Bill Could Wrap Up Today

By: Tuesday January 24, 2012 8:15 am

Yesterday, the State Senate in Indiana passed right-to-work legislation. Republicans have such an advantage in the state Senate that quorum rules are irrelevant, so Democrats were unable to mount a defense. The final vote was actually 28-22, with nine Republicans voting against the measure, in a self-protective move designed to blunt criticism of them for [...]

Indiana House Democrats Will Return to Vote On Right-to-Work Amendment Calling for Public Vote

By: Friday January 20, 2012 12:16 pm

The ongoing boycott by House Democrats in Indiana over anti-union right-to-work legislation was theoretically made easier by this ruling from a state judge, blocking the seizing of legislator paychecks to cover the $1,000-a-day fines Republicans have recently imposed. This won’t stop the fines, but it tangles the issue of the fines up in court for [...]

Indiana Republicans Approve Fines for Boycotting Democratic Legislators

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 9:40 am

Democratic House lawmakers in Indiana walked out again to protest a right-to-work bill, after there were signs of a deal on a vote this week. Republicans in the House approved $1,000-a-day fines for the lawmakers. Understand that in Indiana, legislators only make about $23,000 a year. The Republicans approved the fines in a voice vote [...]

Deal Allows Vote in Indiana on Right-to-Work

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 12:15 pm

There’s a deal in place to at least slow down but not stop the right-to-work bill making its way through the Indiana legislature. The deal will ensure a vote on right-to-work next week, and as passage is expected, it’s hard to describe this as a victory for labor or their allies. The House will vote [...]

Indiana Democrats Walk Out Again to Protest Right-to-Work Legislation

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 2:21 pm

After the 6-minute committee hearing in the Indiana legislature on a right-to-work bill, House Democrats have had enough, again. They have walked out of the state House for the second time in a week, denying Republicans a quorum on the legislation. This suggests that they still don’t have the votes to defeat right-to-work on the [...]

Indiana Right-to-Work Bill Passes in 6-Minute House Committee Hearing

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 11:37 am

UPDATE: And here’s the latest. Democrats have walked out again in protest, denying Republicans a quorum. Republicans in Indiana wasted no time. After House Democrats returned to work yesterday, the GOP immediately scheduled a Labor Committee vote on the divisive right-to-work bill. Mary Beth Schneider reported on the swift passage in committee: House Republicans today [...]

Indiana Democrats Return to Work, with Right to Work Bill Poised for Passage

By: Monday January 9, 2012 2:24 pm

It looks like the attempted holdout against right to work legislation in Indiana has collapsed, though we cannot yet be sure. What we do know is that the House Democrats agreed to return to work today, ending a three-day boycott. House Democratic leader Pat Bauer said the three-day boycott by most Democrats last week gave [...]

Unclear Outcome on Indiana Right to Work Fight

By: Monday January 9, 2012 8:25 am

As Indiana Democrats continue to stay out of the State house to protest the right-to-work (for less) legislation that Republicans want to hammer through, the state Senate has gotten to work on the bill. The Senate Labor Committee passed right-to-work on Friday, but one Republican joined all the Democrats in voting against it. Indiana Democrats [...]

Indiana Democrats Face Fines as They Continue Walkout to Block Right to Work Bill

By: Friday January 6, 2012 9:35 am

Most Indiana Democratic House members stayed out of session for a second day yesterday to protest a right-to-work bill Republicans want to pass. Today becomes a point of reckoning, because after the third day of missed sessions, the majority Republicans, under a law passed last year when the Democrats went out of state to protest [...]

Indiana Democrats Denying Quorum on Legislative Session to Block Right to Work Bill

By: Thursday January 5, 2012 6:20 am

As I mentioned in yesterday’s roundup, Indiana Democrats stalled the first session for the legislature yesterday and planned to continue that indefinitely, blocking Republicans from moving forward on a right to work bill that would crush private sector unions. Lawmakers from the state House had blocked the bill last year through a five-week boycott during [...]

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