(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Much like last week, it’s not likely that Monday will be a productive day for the Indiana House of Representatives.
Democrats fled the state Tuesday demanding a right-to-work bill be dropped. That legislation is now dead, but the Democrats has also issued a list of 11 other bills they want Republicans to give up on.
House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend) said the Democrats are expected to remain at their hotel in Urbana, Illinois and aren't planning to return Monday.
Governor Mitch Daniels appeared on Fox News Sunday saying the state’s Democrats were issuing ultimatums from a hot tub.
“While they are subverting the Democratic process there is nothing to talk about. When they come back to work we’ll talk about their concerns,” Daniels said.
Democrats have insisted in various media reports that they are working as they go on seven days staying in a Comfort Suites hotel rewriting bills and holding out until Republicans give in.
Union organizations from both Indiana and Illinois have held rallies outside the hotel supporting the Democrats’ stand.
Daniels’ top priority for the 2011 session had been education reform. Since the Democrat strike began, the governor has been critical of some Republican lawmakers who insisted on bringing up right-to-work legislation.
Those reform bills dealing with expanded charter schools, student vouchers to attend private schools, teacher collective bargaining, and merit-based pay for teachers are now on the Democrats list of bills to be eliminated before they return.
Some of those bills could expire without a vote which House Republicans extended to Friday.
Meanwhile, opponents of legislation aimed at unions continue to demonstrate their displeasure with Republicans.
Another statewide Rally for Public Education will take place Saturday outside the Statehouse.
Members of the Indiana State Teachers Association gathered this past weekend weekend to push for a funding change for public schools.