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The House and Senate had shortened weeks with Super Bowl festivities descending upon downtown Indianapolis. But legislative activity was by no means slow.
The House’s passage of right-to-work last week moved the final showdown to the Senate. Monday, Democrats boycotted a committee meeting, protesting the committee chair’s handling of the hearing. But they could do nothing to halt the bill’s progress. Wednesday, with boos and shouts cascading down on it from the hallways, the Senate passed the controversial legislation. With the governor’s signature that afternoon, Indiana became the 23rd right-to-work state in the country and the first in the industrial Midwest.
But while the focus was on right-to-work, the Senate did pass a number of other bills. The chamber sent legislation to the House regulating the use of abortion drugs by abortion clinic doctors and allowing the teaching of creationism in public schools.
The House, with right-to-work finally off its agenda, passed dozens of bills over to the Senate. That includes legislation giving more money to state fair stage collapse victims, a statewide smoking ban and a bill making drug testing mandatory for welfare recipients. That measure was also amended to include drug testing for legislators.