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Daniels: I won't send state police to round up Dems
|Last Edited||Scott³ Feb 22, 2011 11:36pm|
|Author||Mary Beth Schneider|
|News Date||Wednesday, February 23, 2011 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||"Gov. Mitch Daniels said today that he will not send Indiana State Police to round-up Democrat lawmakers who have shut down the Indiana House over a bill they deem anti-union. |
Daniels, in a red-plaid shirt and with his arm in a black sling from shoulder surgery he had last week, said he expected Democrats will return when the bill they are protesting — House Bill 1468, the so-called “right to work” bill — is dead.
Democrats went into a behind-closed-doors meeting Monday, refusing to return to the floor. Tuesday night , House Democrats were holed up in Urbana, Ill., and said they will not return to the Indiana legislature until Republicans drop a bill targeting collective bargaining and another for private-school vouchers.
In their statement, the Democrats said that they want assurances that the issue won’t be revived in another bill this session, and also want House Speaker Brian Bosma and Daniels to kill the bill that gives parents tax dollars to send their children to private schools.
Democrats said they will stay in Illinois for now.
“By staying here we will be giving the people of Indiana a chance to find out more about this radical (GOP) agenda and speak out against it,” they said.
In addition to the two bills they want killed, Democrats said they have concerns about a raft of other bills targeting labor unions and education reforms."
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