Indiana House GOP blocks right-to-work referendum


Indiana House Republicans have defeated Democrats' efforts to put a right-to-work referendum on the ballot.

The 39-59 party-line vote Monday evening might spur Democrats to resume their periodic boycotts over the Republican proposal to ban unions from collecting mandatory representation fees. Democrats left the House floor Monday after the referendum proposal failed and haven't said whether they'll return.

Democratic House members pleaded with Republicans for close to one-and-a-half hours Monday evening in their effort to put the issue before voters. Democratic House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer angrily accused Republicans of "hiding behind the constitution."

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said afterward he thought the Democrats might use the vote as a reason to resume their boycotts that have stalled business in the House.

The House measure could come up for a final vote this week if Democrats return to the floor.

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