Dems Walkout Again? Missed Thursday Morning Session

By Scott Sarvay
By John W. Davis

March 31, 2011 Updated Mar 31, 2011 at 5:44 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Indiana House Democrats didn't show up for the Thursday morning session, but returned for the afternoon session.

Some speculation was that House Democrats were upset over the fines that were placed against them during their five week walkout.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) fined Democrats $350 a day for their absence, totaling $3,150 per lawmaker for those involved in the five-week walkout to Urbana, Illinois.

In total, Democrats are facing $127,000 dollars in fines.

Earlier in the morning, House Speaker Bosma and House Minority Leader Democrat Pat Bauer met behind closed doors for a meeting reportedly over the fines, and public testimony issues.

After the meeting Bauer avoided reporters and meet with House Democrats.

Apparently, House Republicans were not aware of that meeting and the rumor of another Democratic walkout quickly spread across Indiana.

Indiana's NewsCenter's Indianapolis affiliate WRTV was able to catch up with Bauer Thursday afternoon.

"We asked him to put off all this talk about (fines) until we get this session done, and then we'll deal with that," Bauer told WRTV.

Bauer continued that his real concern is that Republicans moved forward with committee votes during the Democratic walkout.

"We don't really think they were properly approved public hearings," said Bauer. "We are worried about that, concerned about that, and that was part of the discussion."

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