Indiana Republican Leaders to Force Democrats to Come Back Home
No public pressure, condemnation from colleagues and daily fines could make the House Democrats go back to Indiana. The legislative walkout has already passed the 30 day mark and the 39 lawmakers would still don’t want to report back to duty.
The Republicans started a $100,000 ad campaign to demand that the missing Democrats go back to work and vote on the bill. National Right to Work Committee stated that House Speaker Brian and Bosma Governor Mitch Daniels should force the 39 Democrats to return by imposing a $10,000 fine for every day they are absent from session.
The Republican leaders promised the Democrats that the right to work bill will not be on the floor when the next legislature session begins. The bill would be up for a review by the legislative summer study committee.
The bill in question would ban labor agreements that make union membership or fee part of the condition of employment. The Democrats don’t want to take part on an action against labor unions. 39 of 40 House Democrats went out of state and stayed at a hotel in Illinois because they fear that Governor Daniels would send the state police to bring them to the Statehouse.