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Democrats Facing Fines

Last updated on Thursday, January 19, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS)(WISH) — The Indiana House couldn’t conduct business Wednesday morning and Democrats are now facing fines after only five Democrats appeared on the House floor for roll call.

One Republican and many Democrats were missing Wednesday when House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) tried calling the House into order around 9:30 a.m. Only 63 members were present, and 67 are required to conduct business.

Lawmakers approved a motion made by Bosma to fine the missing Democrats.
The house began imposing fines last year when Democrats left the state in a walkout over controversial right-to-work legislation. Democrats were fined hundreds of dollars per day they were missing, adding up to thousands of dollars.

Now, Democrats face a $1,000 per day fine for their absence, which is again tied to the Republican-backed right-to-work bill. Democrats want a referendum for voters to decide whether Indiana should become a right-to-work state.

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