House Dems to Propose New Amendment Monday

By Max Resnik

January 21, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Indiana House Democrats will return to the Statehouse Monday and plan to present a new amendment that would allow Right to Work to go to a vote.

The announcement was made Saturday at a Right to Work rally at the Allen County Courthouse green. Saturday’s speakers included State Rep. Phil Giaquinta (D-80), U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-2) and Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry (D) in addition to a number of union leaders.

Giaquinta says Democrats have an amendment that is constitutional. Their first try at a referendum was found to be unconstitutional. Giaquinta says the Democrats have drafted the amendment in a way that will make Right to Work law November 5, 2012. Then, on election day November 6, voters could decide whether to keep Right to Work.

“If the amendment goes in, Right to Work would become law 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."

Before any referendum can be placed on the ballot, a simple majority needs to vote in favor of the amendment. Giaquinta believes some Republican house members will vote in favor of having a referendum on the ballot.

"We feel we have 40 Democrats that will support it and we know that there are Republicans that will probably support the referendum."

Giaquinta says he and other Democrats will be making calls to House Republicans this weekend to convince them that a referendum is the proper direction for Right to Work.

“We’ve actually, among our own caucus members, decided to call our fellow Republican members and talk to them over the weekend and inform them of how the amendment works.”

With only 40 Democrats in the Indiana House, they will need the help of 11 Republicans.

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