House Democrats say they will end their third walkout of the legislative session this afternoon and debate amendments to the right-to-work bill.
Democrats backed off a previous pledge to return to the floor last week, after the nonpartisan legislative services agency raised constitutional concerns about their call for a referendum to approve right to work.
The Senate has already rejected the revised version they will present today, which would put the law in effect the day before the election and repeal it the day after, unless voters give their blessing.
The referendum is one of 55 amendments to the right-to-work bill the House will have to wade through. Twenty-one more bills, including a smoking ban and local government reform, are stuck in line behind it — eight bills have been added to the pile since the walkout began on Tuesday.
House Speaker Brian Bosma hopes to deal with amendments today and hold final votes tomorrow. The walkout-proof Senate plans a final vote today on its version of right to work.