The right-to-work issue will be the top priority for the Republican majority in the next legislative session.
Republican legislative leaders officially announced Monday that right to work will be at the forefront of their agenda. Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long say right-to-work bills will be introduced in both houses as a means of job creation.
Last session, the introduction of Right to Work legislation helped lead to a five-week walkout by House Democrats. Long says similar action by Democrats in the next session is unacceptable.
“People need to stay in their seats and do their job that they were elected to do and if they do not, if games are played, then I hope the scrutiny of the people of Indiana, of the media and everyone else comes down hard on those that are doing that,” he says.
House Democratic Leader Pat Bauer says his caucus will not decide on any actions until the session begins and right-to-work legislation is officially introduced. But he says the Democrats are willing to do what is necessary.
“We may be in the minority but we have a duty to protect ourselves against the tyranny of the majority,” Bauer says.
Republicans passed a statute last session instituting one thousand dollars fines against members who are absent without excuse for more than three consecutive days.