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Fines For Absent House Lawmakers Could Start Wednesday

House Democrats were once again absent from the floor Tuesday.

Brian Bosma

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House Speaker Brian Bosma says he's prepared to start levying fines.

Democrats had pledged last week to be in the chamber Tuesday as Right to Work came up for amendments on the floor.  But Minority Leader Pat Bauer says he was told late Monday night that their chief amendment – which would put Right to Work on a statewide referendum – was potentially unconstitutional.  Bauer is now asking for more time to draft a new amendment.  Speaker Brian Bosma says his patience has run out:

“This was just a blatant breaking of a promise so I’m done with delays and excuses and we’ll start fining tomorrow if they’re not here,” Bosma says.

The fines that would be imposed Wednesday do not fall under the anti-bolting statute passed last year; these fines would be under House rules, the same type issued last session.  Bauer says the Speaker can hand down fines, but the Democratic caucus doesn’t believe they’re legal.

“That will not stop the public from having their representatives speak out when they’re trying to use their majority as a weapon against the public.”

Bosma says the fines will be $1,000 per day.  Bauer says he doesn’t believe Democrats will be on the floor Wednesday morning.

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.

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