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Indiana House Fines Still Issued After Court Ruling

A Marion County judge ruled that the fines being issued to the Democrats for their walkout over right to work.

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House Speaker Brian Bosma is issuing fines on the Democrats for the third day in a row.

Republicans handed down $1,000 fines to absent Democrats for the third straight day Friday, even after a Marion County judge halted the collection of those fines.

A Marion County judge ruled late Thursday that while the House could still assess fines, they could not dock legislators’ pay in order to collect. Minority Leader Pat Bauer says Republicans should not keep fining while the court battle goes on.

“I would think you would respect the judicial process,” he says.

But Speaker Brian Bosma says as long as Democrats remain off the floor, the fines will be assessed.

“The prospect that every county court in the state – and there’s hundreds of them – can file a restraining order, a binding order on the inner workings of the General Assembly, first of all, is not going to be upheld.”

Bosma says Republicans are investigating other methods to collect the fines as the court case continues.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith 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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    If the judge left the right to assess the fines, what is the Democrat minority leader talking about when he accuses the leadership of not respecting the judicial process? It’s like he’s expecting the media to dress up his statement so it actually makes sense. 

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