Dems. to Return to House on Monday

By Scott Sarvay

Indiana Statehouse

Indiana Statehouse

January 23, 2012 Updated Jan 23, 2012 at 8:18 AM EST

INDIANA (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Democrats in the Indiana House will try again to send "Right-to-Work" to a public vote.

The lawmakers are expected to return to the House Monday, ending their latest boycott which shut down the chamber for much of last week.

They walked out after questions were raised about the constitutionality of their proposal to amend the Right-to-Work bill and put it up for a referendum in November.

Democrat leaders say they re-worked the amendment to clear up legal issues, but their idea calls for a complicated compromise.

Rep. Phil GiaQuinta says, “If the amendment goes in, Right to Work would become law I think. I believe, two days before the November election. And then the vote on Election Day would be to either keep the law or repeal it."

Last week's boycott prompted House Republicans to start fining absent Democrats a thousand dollars a day.

The Democrats are fighting that in court.




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