With his arm still in a sling from shoulder surgery, Governor Mitch Daniels said Tuesday he will not use his authority over the Indiana State Police to collect the missing House Democrats.
“I’m not sending the State Police after anybody. I’m not going to divert a single trooper from their job of protecting the Indiana public. I trust that people’s consciences will bring them back to work,” said Daniels.
Daniels also said the Democrats are acting within their rights.
“The activities of today are a perfectly legitimate part of the process,” said Daniels. “Even the smallest minority, and that’s what we’ve heard from the last couple of days, has every right to express the strength of their views, and I salute those who did.”
Earlier, House Speaker Brian Bosma said House Democrats were shirking their responsibilities, calling on them to return and fulfill the duty they were elected to do. Daniels would not go so far as to advocate for dropping the right to work bill the Democrats oppose, but said he believes if Republicans remove it from consideration, Democrats will return to work.