With Indiana House Minority Leader Pat Bauer saying he cannot guarantee the Democrats will return before the end of the session, Speaker Brian Bosma said if the House goes into a special session, the agenda will not be reduced from the current calendar.
Mishawaka Representative Craig Fry says a normally reduced special session schedule works in the Democrats’ favor. But Bosma said the Democrats shouldn’t count on that.
“Holding out for a special session will only be exceptionally more expensive to the taxpayer. It’s uncalled for now, it would be totally unjustified then,” said Fry.
Bauer said he sent a letter Tuesday to Bosma asking for clarity on the Speaker’s positions, as well as outlining three issues Democrats want compromise on, including school vouchers and collective bargaining for teachers and public employees. Bauer also said he believes the Republicans are avoiding a labor rally planned for Thursday.
“Do I think they’re running away from their constituents? Yes, I think they’re running away and ignoring them also,” said Bauer.
The rally, organized by labor leaders, will be held outside the Statehouse and is expected to draw a large crowd. Bauer said some Democrats may temporarily return from Illinois to attend the rally.