Democrat Boycott Coming To An End?

By Scott Sarvay

March 9, 2011 Updated Mar 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A planned labor rally at the Statehouse may result in some Indiana House Democrats coming out of hiding.

House Minority Leader (D) Patrick Bauer says some members of his caucus may attend the rally since the legislature is not in session Thursday and Friday due to the men's Big Ten basketball tournament.

Bauer claims Republicans just don't want to be there while thousands of union members protest GOP-backed legislation.

He accuses Republicans of "running away from their constituents.”

In the meantime Indiana House Speaker (R) Brian Bosma says that this is a glimmer of hope that the Democratic standoff could be in its final days.

Bosma said he and Minority Leader Bauer had a discussion that may have provided the first break in the Democratic boycott.

Bosma said he reassured Bauer that the Right-to-Work bill would not return this session and that Democrats conceded that a bill on union elections they thought would prohibit secret elections would actually guarantee them.

Bosma says, “I really consider that a break, and so we'll continue our discussions," "We'll respond both personally and in writing to him on those issues. It's my hope that that's a prelude to us getting back to business."

Bosma previously said that he wouldn't make concessions as long as Democrats are boycotting.

But an angry Governor Daniels warned Democrats not to make long-term plans.

Governor Daniels says, “Don't make any vacation plans, don't plan on getting away this summer, we will not be bullied. There are going to be votes on an agenda offered to Hoosiers if it takes all year.”




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