Democratic Walkout Heads to Day 3

January 5th, 2012 at 5:27 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Democratic Leader Pat Bauer took his demand for statewide hearings to House Speaker Brian Bosma and then left the meeting saying “We agree to disagree.”   The meeting took place in the House Speaker’s office just before noon. It lasted less than a half hour.

Speaker Brian Bosma gave his response to a call for statewide hearings later on the House floor saying, “I consider that to be a delay tactic and you can’t make people do the right thing.”

No more than 4 Democrats showed up at any one time again today. 7 are required to make a quorum, otherwise nothing gets done. There was a pair of competing speeches. “I would appeal to the leadership in the Democratic caucus,” said Majority Leader Bill Friend, “bring the members back and work on our bills.”

“I think a little movement on the pacing of this would be well received,” said Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis,) “and result in our moving forward.”

Democrats did show up for committee meetings including one where Mayor Greg Ballard asked for a referendum on new taxes for mass transit. When asked is he worries that partisan strife will get in the way of his issues, Ballard said, “I suppose you always have to worry about that but you have to worry about that every year.”

Late this afternoon Democrats announced that they will hold their own hearings on right to work this weekend in Evansville and Fort Wayne. Regardless, a right to work hearing will take place in the Statehouse tomorrow before a joint meeting of House and state Senate committees. Only the Senate committee will be able to vote.

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