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Feb242011

Indiana Dems Boycott State House

Photo Courtesy - in [dot] gov/r88(INDIANAPOLIS) -- There won't be any new business in the Indiana House Thursday or Friday, according to Indiana Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma. 

Thursday morning in Indianapolis, Bosma said boycotting House Democrats told him they won't return to the Statehouse Thursday or Friday.  Bosma says House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer told him that Democrats have no intention of providing the quorum needed for House business this week.

Democrats are boycotting in an effort to derail bills they consider an assault on the working class. Most House Democrats are staying at a hotel in Illinois.  Bauer says Democrats won't return to Indiana until House Republicans are willing to negotiate their agenda, but Republicans are refusing to negotiate with lawmakers who have fled the state to shut down the House. 

Bosma says that when Democrats return, lawmakers can extend legislative deadlines for bills that would otherwise die Thursday. Those bills include a contentious private school voucher bill and the new state budget.

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