House Democrats Propose Amendment To Right To Work

Logansport Republican Representative Rich McClain filed a bill earlier this week that mirrors right to work but includes a referendum requirement.

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Indiana House Democrats and Republicans have been battling over right to work since the beginning of the session.

House Democrats will offer an amendment on the right-to-work bill that would put the question to the voters in November’s election.

Democrats have talked for a while about their desire to put right to work on statewide ballots. Minority Leader Pat Bauer says, while referenda are not common practice in Indiana, for an issue this controversial, it is a must.

“Since this bill was not debated in the last election and obviously won’t be debated in the future election, the only way to let the people in on this is to have a referendum,” he says.

Logansport Republican Representative Rich McClain filed a bill earlier this week that mirrors right to work but includes a referendum requirement. That means, under House rules, Speaker Brian Bosma could rule the Democrats’ amendment out of order.

Bauer says he wants an assurance that will not happen, or Democrats might walk again. But Bosma was quick to quell that concern.

“We won’t use some parliamentary means to avoid what they have indicated is their primary concern, and that’s to place right to work on a referendum so we’ll let that stand here,” he says. “I’ve confirmed with our caucus that they’re just fine without raising that point of order.”

Bosma says he still does not think the idea of a referendum will garner enough support.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS 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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