(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The first day of the Indiana General Assembly had an interesting start Wednesday as Democrats and Republicans sparred.
As House Republicans began introducing a “right to work” bill, Democrats cried foul and began reading over the House rules.
House Bill 1028 would bar any employer from agreeing with a union that a person must pay union dues before they can be employed.
Democrats, led by Terri Austin (D-Anderson), objected when Republicans read a list of introduced bills. They stated proper procedure was to have the name, number, author, and the committee each bill is assigned to read.
Opponents would have then been able to object to the individual bill on the first reading.
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) admitted the Dems had a point.
“It was not totally absurd to read the rules the way they did,” said Bosma.
The anti-union right-to-work legislation would be introduced anyways. Other pressing items such as a state budget and drawing new political district maps took a back seat on opening day of the session.
This is the first legislation in four years that Republicans have a majority in the House, 60-40.