Day 3: Indiana Democrats Still AWOL

By Scott Sarvay

February 24, 2011 Updated Feb 24, 2011 at 6:47 PM EDT

URBANA, Illinois (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Democrats are now in their third day of boycotting the Indiana House of Representatives.

It was announced Thursday morning that the deadline for passing bills in the House has been extended a week.

It is the hope that Democrats will return to the Hoosier state, but at least one says don't hold your breath.

Indiana House Minority Leader State Rep. Pat Bauer says, “I think it is unfortunate he became so militant, he had a little voice of reason there, but it was probably to lure us back into a situation where we could be bullied, by him.”

The House Democrats have even developed their own Facebook page Stand Up for Indiana House Democrats, where they are soliciting support.

And long-time Republican State Senator is speaking out against Democratic lawmakers.

Tom Wyss says legislation benefiting Hoosiers will be lost, if House Democrats who fled to Urbana, Illinois don't go back to Indianapolis today or Friday.

State Senator Wyss says, “It's a disappointment. I say that from a majority position but I still think that the people elect us to be there, we're getting paid to be there, they're getting paid to be there, and unfortunately they're in Urbana, Illinois.”

Wyss says the Democrats will probably lose seats in the next election because of their recent actions.




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