After trying for a week to conduct business, the Indiana House Tuesday amended its Right to Work legislation. But as soon as the amendment process finished, Democrats left the floor again.
Though 60 amendments were filed on the controversial bill, the vast majority by Democrats, only 11 were heard. One of the key amendments would have put Right to Work on a statewide referendum in November. Rep. Ralph Foley (R-Martinsville) says it’s the job of the legislature to decide even the tough issues.
“And we should not abdicate it to anyone, let alone to the whims of a referendum,” Foley says.
But Rep. Terri Austin (D-Anderson) says a referendum is not an abdication of duty.
“A referendum giving the people of Indiana – who are smart enough to decide this issue for themselves – is the only fair way and transparent way for us to go at this point,” Austin says.
The referendum amendment, along with all other amendments offered by Democrats, was defeated. The only changes made to the bill were minor, non-substantive ones. Democrats say Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) denied them the opportunity to offer more amendments…but no Democrats offered more when the Speaker called for them. Right to Work is eligible for passage out of the House as early as Tuesday.