The right-to-work debate is facing a constitutional showdown and it's getting personal between House leadership.
House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, and other Democrats refused to debate on the House floor Tuesday, saying they needed to fix a constitutional issue with their amendment, which calls for a statewide referendum on the issue.
Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, was angered by this, saying Bauer had broken his earlier promise that Democrats would debate right-to-work before the day’s end.
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“We clearly had Representative Bauer's word on behalf of his caucus given not just to me but to a number of Republican leaders and really to the people of the state of Indiana that they would do the people's business today and he told me about half an hour ago that they were not going to keep that word.
“It’s really kind of a first experience to have someone promise and pledge something and then walk away from it,” said Bosma.
Bauer countered saying, “he's demanding we put the unconstitutional referendum without the people, without having the chance to correct it. That's not only unreasonable that's just disingenuous.
“I think he bent his facts so much that we have to adjust to the bending of the facts and for him to go ahead and just use name calling is not the way we do things here… You don't attack the motives of members.”
Bosma said the House will reconvene to debate right-to-work Wednesday at 9 a.m. He said any House member not present will face a $1,000 fine.