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Indiana Senate Democrats Boycott Right-to-work Hearing

Democrats boycotted a right-to-work hearing Monday in the Senate as a sign of protest.

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Senate Republicans say there is no reason why Democrats should try to slow down the passage of right-to-work legislation.

Senate Democrats boycotted a committee hearing on right-to-work Monday, protesting the way Republicans are handling the controversial bill.

Committee chairman Phil Boots announced last week that he would not allow any amendments to be offered in committee and would limit testimony to one hour on each side of the issue. Democrat committee members Karen Tallian, Jim Arnold and Tim Skinner chose not to participate as a sign of protest. Skinner says the whole process has been a sham.

“No one has cared one whit what we’ve had to say to this point, and I don’t think there’s anyone in that room in this hearing that’s going to care anything about what we have to say today,” Skinner says.

Boots says right-to-work has been thoroughly discussed in the Senate already and didn’t see any reason to prolong the process in committee.

“I didn’t see any purpose in fighting that battle again today,” he says. “If there’s amendments that they want to propose, they can well be proposed again on the floor of the Senate tomorrow.”

Democrats say their protest is confined only to the committee. They plan to be on the floor to vote on right-to-work the next two days.

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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