Indiana Democrats Return To House Floor

House Democrats returned to the floor, allowing the session to proceed. They had refused to attend session last week because of right-to-work legislation.

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Photo: Dan Goldblatt/WFIU News

Protestors at the Indiana statehouse hold signs and wear t-shirts in opposition to right-to-work legislation.

Democrats returned to the floor of the Indiana House on Monday, allowing legislative business to move forward in that chamber for the first time this session, but their return may not be permanent.

After three days of scheduled session without action, the House officially handed down its list of legislation, beginning work for 2012. Speaker Brian Bosma says there will be no repercussions for Democrats who held out.

“We just weren’t prepared to begin fining yet and appreciate them being back here today and we’ll precede with business, just as we did today,” he says.

Right to work, which bans union contracts requiring non-union employees pay fees for representation, was the cause of last week’s holdout. Bosma says the right-to-work bill could be eligible for offering amendments on the floor as soon as Thursday.

Minority Leader Pat Bauer says he has asked for at least another week before that legislative step to allow for more public hearings on the issue over the weekend.

“If the majority does things radically wrong, you still have the right to break the quorum and move on for a day or two,” he says.

Bauer says his caucus will decide day-to-day on what actions to take.

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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