Indiana House Minority Leader
Rep. Pat Bauer (D-South Bend).
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The Indiana Statehouse stalemate may be nearing an end.
House Minority Leader Pat Bauer (D-South Bend), the chamber’s top Democrat, is meeting with House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) today at the statehouse according to various reports.
The two may have been talking about a truce that would bring House Democrats back to the state capitol from Illinois. After meeting for about an hour, the two leaders separated with no agreement made.
Bauer said he would be returning to join his party in Illinois.
Democrats walked out Feb. 21 when GOP members proposed a “right to work” bill. Republicans have dropped that piece of legislation, but Bauer says there are other remaining bills closely resembling “right to work.”
The Indianapolis Star reports Bauer spoke with reporters outside the statehouse before his meeting with Bosma Wednesday morning.
"That statement saying they took right-to-work off is not correct," Bauer said in the newspaper report, "and if they want to, we want to once again encourage them to do that because that would be a great thing for them to do.
The House has been unable to conduct businesses due to lack of a quorum – at least two-thirds of voting members must be present – since Democrats bolted across the state line.