A Week In Review At The Indiana Legislature

The Indiana legislature did not pass any legislation this past week.

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Democrats and Republicans filled most of the week with debates over right to work in the Indiana House of Representatives.

Indiana lawmakers did not pass a single piece of legislation out of the House this week, but there was plenty of action.

Tuesday was supposed to be the day when amendments were heard on right-to-work legislation. That meant the bill could possibly come up for passage later in the week. But House Democrats have not been on the floor.

Minority Leader Pat Bauer asked for more time to redraft an amendment that would place right to work on a statewide referendum. Speaker Brian Bosma said the Democrats were just stalling, and Wednesday began assessing daily $1,000 fines to the missing-in-action Democrats. But late Thursday, a judge halted collection of those fines.

While the amendment was ready Friday, Democrats wanted assurances from the Republicans the new amendment was constitutional. Bosma declined to provide that and Democrats remained out, and fines were still assessed.

But not all legislative work stopped in the General Assembly. In the Senate, a bill allowing people to resist illegal police entry into their homes is poised for passage. And Friday, the Senate made three minor changes to its own Right to Work legislation.

Legislators did vote down the bulk of amendments offered on that bill, including a referendum amendment. The Senate can pass right to work out of the chamber next week. Still, that body can only advance legislation so far while the waiting game plays out in the House.

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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