Before the House even got to amendments on Right to Work legislation Monday, Democrats tried to stop the bill in its tracks.
Michigan City Representative Scott Pelath tried a rarely-used parliamentary tool that would have killed the bill before it reached the amendment process. Pelath says right to work is the most divisive issue of this generation and quoted Governor Mitch Daniels as a reason to reject the bill.
“That to bring forth the right-to-work issue would be something tantamount – and he said metaphorically – a civil war,” Pelath says. “We don’t need this right now. It’s not worth it.”
But Martinsville Republican Ralph Foley says the legislature’s purpose is to debate issues like this.
“What is this supposed to mean, that every time there is a controversial issue that the legislature fails to address it? Or whenever there’s high feeling on both sides that we fail to come here as a body and deliberate?” he says.
The motion failed along party lines.