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House Democrats missing: Day 2

by IPR News

February 23, 2011

It is the second full day of recess for the Indiana House of Representatives… and House Democrats now say they will not return to the Statehouse on Wednesday.  Without the Democrats, the House cannot reach a quorum and conduct any business.  Dozens of the House lawmakers are attending a closed-door caucus at a hotel in Urbana, Illinois.  From Illinois, Democratic House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer says he’s ready to talk with Republicans.  He says the lawmakers are upset by more than just so-called “right-to-work” legislation. 

On a call between Bauer and House Speaker Republican Brian Bosma this morning, Bauer says Democrats want eleven bills removed from the House agenda… including the budget bill, several education reform bills and labor legislation.  But Bosma says he will not give in to Democratic demands.

Bosma on Bauer Call

Bosma says the lawmakers should either return to the House floor or resign their positions.  Today, Governor Mitch Daniels agreed with Bosma that there should be no negotiation.

Daniels on Bauer

But in the Indiana Senate, Republican President Pro Tem David Long says the House should never have taken up the anti-labor bills.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith and the Associated Press contributed to this report.