Give Now

Democrats Leave House Floor Again

After attending session on Monday, Democrats refused to show for session Tuesday.

Statehouse

Photo: Dan Goldblatt/WFIU News

Democrats stayed in caucus today, not allowing the House to come to session.

The cease-fire only lasted a day. Democrats once again denied a quorum by remaining off the floor Tuesday, preventing the House from conducting business.

Minority Leader Pat Bauer announced that Democrats will file an official protest over Tuesday morning’s House Labor Committee meeting. In the meeting, which passed right-to-work legislation to the floor, chairman Doug Gutwein did not allow public testimony or amendments on the bill. Gutwein said last week’s joint House and Senate committee hearing, at which more than five hours of testimony were heard, satisfied the need for public comment.

Democrats argue that, since the House version of right to work had not officially been handed down to the committee until this week, public testimony on it technically has not been heard. Speaker Brian Bosma says he has no qualms with how the committee process was handled.

“Perhaps not my first choice, but again we have to work with the cards that were dealt here and right now that’s 35 or six members of the Democratic caucus holed up in the basement,” he says.

Bauer says after the committee hearing controversy, the caucus had no choice but to vacate the floor.

“Because if your brother and sister are walking down the street and somebody comes to take a baseball bat and knocks them both down, you don’t stand there and say, ‘Well, I’ll deal with this tomorrow’,” he says.

Bauer says the caucus will decide Wednesday whether to return to the floor.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Politics Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook