Right-to-work Subject Of Monday Senate Committee Hearing

In an effort to pass right-to-work before the Super Bowl, the Senate will hold a committee hearing Monday -- likely with abbreviated public comment.

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Chairman Phil Boots says he doesn't want a reprise of a previous five-hour hearing.

The Senate committee hearing on right-to-work during the first week of the session heard more tan five hours of testimony.  This time around, committee chair Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) says he wants to limit it:

“Well, we’ve all heard this before, so I think that we’ll take…I mean we still want to allow the public to testify but I’m hoping to limit to an hour on each side so we can get out of there in a couple hours, two and a half hours max,” Boots says.

Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) is the ranking minority member on the committee.  She says the shortened testimony is one of a number of problems she has with the way right-to-work is being handled:

“He’s not going to take any amendments.  Well, you know, that’s the whole purpose,” Tallian says.  “It’s clear that this is a cram down and I’m objecting to the whole process right now.”

The bill is expected to pass the committee and reach the governor’s desk by Wednesday.

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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