Indiana Senate Passes Right To Work

By Maureen Mespell
By Rachel Martin

January 23, 2012 Updated Jan 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The controversial Right To Work bill passed in the State Senate early Monday night with a 28 to 22 vote.

It was a narrow margin, but it passed. Despite having a 37 to 13 majority, Republicans were able to convince only 28 members of their Caucus to vote "yes." Only nine Republicans sided with Democrats against the bill.

The bill was sent out of the Senate today, but it’s still brewing in the House. Senate President Pro Tem, David Long, R-Fort Wayne, says the bill passed with no amendments. Republicans say the amendments for the refereundum proposed by Democrats are unconstitutional.

State Representative, Win Moses, D-Fort Wayne, says it was a long day in the House, as Representatives spent six hours discussing amendments to Right To Work. Moses says Democrats spent the day trying to push for the referendum, but it failed. He says Republicans unanimously voted against it, and House Speaker, Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, cut off the opportunity to propose 25 other amendments. Moses says referendums are very common in the Legislature and doesn't understand why they're unconstitutional now.

“We’ve had referendums of many natures for dozens of years in Indiana, and I think there’s disappointment and sadness in that,” Moses said.

Sen. Long says he's pleased his Chamber passed the bill and it will be a great thing for Northeastern Indiana.

“I truly believe that after hearing all the evidence and all the experts talk about this, that this could be a game changer for our area and that's why I support it,” Sen. Long said.

But, Rep. Moses says voters should decide.

“I'm very saddened with that. I thought that they should have the right to have a say in what is probably the biggest wage-impact issue of our generation.”

After amendments were cut-off in the house Monday, Democrats walked out again, even though other bills needed to be addressed. Moses says Democrats are near the end of that issue.

For now, the Senate bill will move along to the House and wait to be voted on. The bills will be examined and voted on again and eventually passed on to the Governor. Moses says the House should make a final vote in the next couple days.




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