Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says if Democrats don’t show up for work at 9 a.m. Wednesday, he will start levying $1,000 a day fines. Democrats say they have no intention of paying.
The fines are the result of a tumultuous afternoon at the Statehouse where Democrats refused to come back from an afternoon caucus after learning their amendment for a statewide referendum on right to work legislation might be unconstitutional.
Bosma said Democratic Leader Pat Bauer gave his word that they would return and allow for amendment votes on right to work, but Bauer reneged on the promise.
Bauer said Democrats needed more time to study the Constitutionality of the issue, but agreed to help move other bills.
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Under the current House rules the Speaker can levy fines without invoking the anti-bolting statute. Democrats say the fines are unconstitutional.