Rep. Linda Lawson of Hammond says she'll finish out her term and then give up the seat she first won in 1998.
The caucus met Tuesday to discuss Pelath's replacement but did not take a vote.
The House approved a bill adding rules to parental consent and notification of abortion – even as some Democrats raised new issues with the measure.
The House passed legislation to allow people protected by restraining orders to carry a handgun without a license for up to 60 days.
Hoosier women earn about 73 cents for every dollar men make for the same work.
Lawmakers suggested more bipartisanship might be possible in 2011, too, before the session became bogged down in a partisan debate which ended in a walkout.
Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) will lead the 31 member Democrat minority in the state House of Representatives.
The first few weeks of the 2011 legislative session have seen both charged language and an unexpected amount of laughs on the floor of the Indiana House.
An Indiana lawmaker is driving dogs from Indiana to New England as part of a program that takes dogs from overcrowded kennels in the state.