(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Democrats in the Indiana House had some wondering if they were staging another walkout yesterday when they did not show up for the morning session.
The delay was due to concerns the minority party has about the fines they've been charged with for their five-week walkout in protest of several Republican bills.
House Speaker Brian Bosman (R-Indianapolis) assured Democrats they will be able to work out a payment plan, as some owe over $3,000.
“Even the IRS offers a payment plan, so we’ll be sure that it’s paid and that it’s paid in a reasonable fashion that allows families to function,” said the House’s top Republican.
Minority Leader Pat Bauer (D-South Bent) reassured Republicans his caucus would not walk out again.
“This Democratic caucus is here to continue to work to moderate some of these initiatives,” Bauer said on the House floor Thursday.
Bosma told reporters after the session that he has been pleased with the work done in the House this week. Since the rival party returned Monday, the House has passed a budget bill, new restrictions on abortion, and legislation allowing vouchers for students to attend private schools.