Indianapolis—It's a standoff at the Indiana Statehouse. House Democrats left the state to essentially kill a GOP-backed labor bill. They say they're not coming back until their demands are met.
House Republicans tried to call a quorum six times Tuesday but there weren't enough Democrats present, meaning no votes could be cast. Democrats may have won the battle Tuesday but it could be a long war. The Right to Work bill was defeated before it could be voted on, thanks to their absence. That's not enough for Democrats though, who have a list of demands on a number of education and labor bills before they say they'll agree to come back to Indiana.
HB 1002 - Charter School Expansion
HB 1003 - School Vouchers
HB 1486 - Right to Work
HB 1450 - Unemployment Insurance
The Democrats, many of whom were in Illinois as of Tuesday night, say "We will remain here until we get assurances from the governor and House Speaker Brian Bosma that these bills will not be called down in the House at any time this session. Our leader, State Rep. Patrick Bauer, is ready to talk to the Speaker any time. All the Speaker has to do is call."
It remains unclear whether Republicans and Democrats will reach any kind of agreement. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) said Tuesday he didn't plan to get involved and will not send state police after anybody. He addded that he trusts that the people's consciences will bring them back to work.