Right-to-work Dominates The Week At Indiana Statehouse

The major news out of the statehouse this week was the passage of right-to-work in the Indiana House of Representatives.

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Passage of right-to-work in the House clears the way for discussion of several other bills that legislators want to pass before the Super Bowl.

Indiana is close to becoming the 23rd right-to-work state in the country. After more than two weeks of delays and protests, right-to-work finally reached the House floor.

Monday, Democrats tried to amend the bill in several ways, including placing the issue on statewide referendum. But they were shut out entirely by the Republican majority, and Tuesday the Democrats opted to remain absent from the floor.

Yet the holdout only lasted a day and Wednesday, right-to-work passed out of the House 54 to 44, with five Republicans voting against it. It will now get an expedited hearing in the Senate, where it will likely pass and move to the governor’s desk before the Super Bowl.

With right-to-work finally off its calendar, the House was able to begin clearing a backlog of legislation late in the week. That includes a bill banning nepotism and conflict of interest in local government, a statewide smoking ban and a Senate bill closing gaps in the state’s human trafficking law.

The Senate, unrestrained by holdouts, cleared most of its legislation, including bills altering the state’s automatic taxpayer refund and putting unopposed candidates in municipal elections back on the ballot.

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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  • Geologyjim13

    You forgot to mention the idiocy that is the SB89 which allows creationism to be taught as “science” even in the face of it clearly not being science, and being declared unconstitutional by the Courts.  The bill’s sponsor said “just because its unconstitutional doesn’t mean that if you should shelve it, if its what you believe in.  Its beginning to feel a lot like Kansas around here. Yay Republicans!  (<—sarcasm)

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