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No More “Mr. Nice Speaker”!!!

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.

You can hear comments from both men below, brought to you by Leon Tailoring.

Interview: Brian Bosma Run Time – 5 minutes.

Intervew: Pat Bauer Run Time – 7 minutes.

Under the current House rules the Speaker can levy fines without invoking the anti-bolting statute.  Democrats say the fines are unconstitutional.

  • Indyernie

    We’ll find out soon if they are unconstitutional, Bosma is going to levy the fines. The only place Bauer is going to lead the D’s is to the poor house.

  • M Theory

    Is it ‘constitutional’ for the democrats elected by the taxpayers to not go to work?   

  • Scooter

    Get your fanny’s in there and get to work.

    I’ve grown tired of Bauer’s crap, and a thousand bucks a day for a willful no-show is just fine by me.

  • Nick

    Time for a judge to say they need to pay immediately from the last time they left town.

  • cynical sam

    I wasn’t aware that Dems read the Constitution.  I know the Repubs can’t.  Recent legislation demonstrates they are both more than familiar with Das Kapital and Mein Kampf. 

  • Dave

    This session could go extra innings; a scoring opportunity for those batting principles.

  • Indyernie

    It’s 10:43 AM, do you know where your House Rep is?

  • cynical sam

    Possibly to SUPER weekend? Great leverage.

  • Pascal

    I’d be passing a bill empowering the Inspector General quite a few new duties and powers.  To see a Speaker of the Indiana House with a Black Tongue from licking union boots, in caucus no less, would make even the dead wonder about briberies.

  • paul wheeler

    This is a case of the Super Bowl being on the line as to who will blink first.   Channel 13 just reported a protestor today suggested a picket line at the stadium and wondered aloud if the NFL union league players would honor the picket line and be shut out.  High stakes game.

  • Scooter

    Lots of CWA Local 4900 folks at the Statehouse today.   The Local picked up the costs for those folks, (and the transportation), to be off work….

    Tell me the D’s are not slurping the shoes of their money masters.

  • Scooter

    Mine, (Kathy Kreeg-Richardson -R-) better be in her seat.

  • Dave

    That has a DHS vs. cordoned off union sound to it.  Imagine an almost zoological “green zone” for union protesters, complete with placards & latin names; off venue entertainment for outa towners.

    Why couldn’t extra innings go beyond the “Super,” to Fall’s pennant race?    

  • paul wheeler

    Yep, I just followed one of their many buses where they pulled in the old Bush Stadium parking lot for staging.  Nothing like a paid day field trip with free transportation.

  • Anonymous

    The Speaker should FIRE all staffers on the State of Indiana payroll for the legislators who failed to show up.  If legislators are not performing their duty, they have NO NEED FOR STATE-PAID STAFF. 

    Second, please refer the REFUSAL to perform their duties to a prosecuting attorney.  Indiana Law calls Ghost Employment a felony crime, as is Official Misconduct.

  • John Howard

    Just like Kim Jong’s ‘mourners’ but without the threat of imprisonment if their wailing was insufficient.

  • John Howard

    Players on the winning team will get $88K, losing team $44K.

    Does anyone really think the players would honor any picket line a handful of hicks from the sticks would try to set up?  Not that they’d get anywhere with that, given the way everything is locked down and controlled — remember the ‘clean zone’?

  • paul wheeler

    That would be an interesting dilemma. The NFL would seek an injunction against its own union?

  • Dave

    Ghost Busters!

  • Scooter

    Now Bauer is saying he needs time to put together a proposal for a Constitutional Amendment so RTW can be submitted as a state-wide referendum…

    Excuses are like butts, Bauer.  Everyone has one, they vary in size, and all of them stink.

    Yours, Sir, is just bigger & stinkier than most.

    (It’s out of respect for Abdul that I don’t type how I normally would speak here….)

  • http://twitter.com/IndyStudent Matthew Stone

    Staff are pretty much shared between state house and state senate reps. Being a part time legislative body,they don’t get their own offices full of staff except for maybe those in major leadership positions.

  • Pissed off in Lawrence

    Just saw Bauer on TV..Good Gawwd,It was sad. Really sad… If then end up fining the Ds  how will Bauer afford to keep feeding the rat on top of his head?

  • Pissed off in Speedway

    There is a demonstration zone set by the NFL..guessing its not real close to the stadium

  • Turk182

    Hey lets have a contest,
    Lets give Bauer’s wig a nick name.
    List different names then the bloggers will vote on the best name of that furry little thing on top of Rep. Bauer’s head!

  • Turk182

    Hey lets have a contest,
    Lets give Bauer’s wig a nick name.
    List different names then the bloggers will vote on the best name of that furry little thing on top of Rep. Bauer’s head!

  • Turk182

    Another thing is to add a caption like Speedway said.

  • Turk182

    Another thing is to add a caption like Speedway said.

  • Think Again

    Well a judge just ruled otehrwise.  So we’ll see, won’t we?

  • Think Again

    She’s a complete goof so I hope she’s home.

  • Think Again

    The IG statutes have been so comically misused by thie administration that it’s a joke.  Paper tiger.  On a good day.

  • Think Again

    They’re not shared between chambers; but, each chamber has X number of aides assigned to each caucus.  Each legisator has to share an aide with more than one other legislator.  Leaders get personal aides.

  • Pascal

    Mitch’s bill as originally proposed was gutted by the crooks and thieves it was proposed to muzzle.  Putting the teeth in would soon pay great dividends to the public.

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