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Phone Conversation a Big Step in Bringing Democrats Home

Bauer said the conversation returned the two sides to where they were last week after Bauer visited the Statehouse.

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The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says a phone conversation between he and Minority Leader Pat Bauer Wednesday is a dramatic step in trying to bring Democrats back from Illinois.

The phone call Wednesday morning is the first call Bauer has initiated. Bosma said the outreach is a step forward.

“It’s my hope that’s a prelude to us getting back to business,” said Bosma.

Bauer said the conversation returned the two sides to where they were last week after Bauer visited the Statehouse.

“The two steps we took backward the other day, I think we’re back to square one, we gained those two steps,” said Bauer.

After fines were issued to the Democrats last week, Bauer declared negotiations had gone backward. During the phone call, Bosma said he assured the Minority Leader that any bills in committee, including Right to Work, are officially dead and cannot be brought back up or put in any amendments.

However, Bosma did say similar bills could become amendments in committee later, something Bauer said he was not told.

“He didn’t tell me that, let me say that, that’s pretty interesting. That’s like saying up when you mean down or over when you mean under.”

Bosma said that’s a misunderstanding, and that he has no control over which bills are amended in committee or in the Senate.

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