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Indiana Governor Daniels Signs Right-To-Work Bill

Bill passes 28-22 and now awaits Governor Daniels' signature.

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    Photo: Indiana House Republicans

    House Speaker Brian Bosma signs House Bill 1001, a right-to-work bill, after the bill's passage in the Senate February 1.

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    Photo: Gretchen Frazee/WTIU News

    Protestors stand outside the Indiana state capitol in protest of right-to-work legislation.

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    Photo: Gretchen Frazee/Indiana Public Media News

    A crowd of protestors gathered at the Indiana statehouse Wednesday when the Senate voted to pass the legislation.

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    Photo: Christopher Ayers/WFIU-WTIU News

    Protestors fill the steps of the statehouse on Wednesday.

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    Photo: Indiana House Republicans

    Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) signs the House version of the right-to-work bill that he authored.

Indiana is now the 23rd Right to Work state in the country. Governor Mitch Daniels signed the bill Wednesday after the Senate passed it earlier in the day.

There was an air of resignation from some of the opponents of the bill who spoke on the Senate floor. The votes were locked in. There was nothing left to do that could stop it.

Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson said, with Republican majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats could do only so much. “I feel like we’re playing the Super Bowl today, instead of Sunday,” said Simpson. “But our side has fewer men on the field and our team doesn’t have any pads or helmets and we already know what the final score is going to be.”

As the votes were tallied, a crowd gathered outside the chamber weighed in with chants of “Shame on you.”

The bill’s sponsor, Middlebury Republican Carlin Yoder, acknowledged the difficulty the issue has brought to legislators. “But the fact is, this bill is worth it,” said Yoder. “This bill is worth it for those Hoosiers who desperately need jobs.”

The bill passed 28-22, with nine Republicans voting against it.

Right-to-work demonstrators moved to Super Bowl Village after the passage where they protested the legislation.

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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