Indiana House Democrats Refile Referendum Amendment

Democrats failed to show for session Friday but say they plan to be present Monday.

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Democrats want a guarantee that their amendment calling for a referendum on right to work is constitutional.

An amendment by House Democrats to place right to work on a statewide referendum has been redrafted and filed, but Democrats remain off the floor.

An initial referendum amendment was thought by legislative attorneys to be unconstitutional. Democrats then vacated the floor all this week to redraft it. Friday morning Minority Leader Pat Bauer said he wanted assurances from the Republicans that they believe the new amendment passes constitutional muster.

But Speaker Brian Bosma will only promise to hear, debate and vote on the amendment.

“It’s not our job here to determine the constitutionality of something before we vote on it,” he says.

But Bauer says his caucus did not think that was enough and opted to remain off the floor one more day.

“We will be here Monday for this bill,” he says. “But we’ll be here when we think people have full knowledge that it’s constitutional.”

Still, Bauer says if Republicans claim the new amendment is unconstitutional, Democrats may have to rethink their commitment.

 

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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