Despite earlier indications that a softer bill was in the works, Indiana Democrats in the State House left the state Tuesday to avoid, even temporarily, a vote on a Republican backed “right-to-work” bill.
A final vote on the bill, which bans union contracts from requiring nonunion members to pay fees for representation, had been expected on Tuesday. Republicans dominate the Indiana House 60 to 40. But with hundreds of union members and supporters filling the Statehouse halls in Indianapolis in protest, most Democrats refused to turn up for floor sessions twice on Tuesday.
Republicans need 67 votes to pass the measure.
The entire bill is making the state nervous with Indiana set to host the Super Bowl and the National Football League’s Players Union vocally opposed to the measure. It’s a spotlight most Indiana voters would rather avoid, which begs the question of why Governor Mitch Daniels and Republicans are pursuing the measure so heavily.
Could it be because “right to work” legislation is an ALEC agenda item?
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