With Democrats a no-show on the floor of the House Wednesday, Republicans began assessing one-thousand-dollar-a-day fines.
The fines levied on Democrats are allowed under House rules; they do not involve the anti-bolting statute passed last year. Calling on Democrats to return to the floor, Crawfordsville Representative Tim Brown says even debates on slavery, voting rights and civil rights did not seem to generate the rancor right-to-work has.
“None have caused more disenfranchising members of Indiana than this issue right here,” he says.
While Republicans handed down fines, Democrats caucused in the rotunda of the Statehouse, surrounded by pro-labor supporters. Austin Representative Terry Goodin says Democrats will continue to fight for working families, no matter the cost.
“We will not let the Republicans press a crown of thorns upon the brow of working families of Indiana,” Goodin says.
Democrats are asking Republicans to delay the amendment process for right-to-work while they redraft an amendment seeking a statewide referendum on the measure.
Democrats say they were informed Monday night that their original amendment was incorrectly drafted and would be unconstitutional. Republicans say it’s just another stalling tactic.