They're Back! Dems Return To The Statehouse

By Scott Sarvay
By Maureen Mespell

March 28, 2011 Updated Mar 28, 2011 at 10:38 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The longest Legislative walkout in any state in recent history in the U.S. is over.

House Democrats ended their 34 day walkout over mostly, labor and educational issues.

They claim they were able to extract some concessions from Republicans on important issues softening the worst parts of the Republicans' agenda, according to minority leader, Pat Bauer.

Republicans call the concessions minor some of them, already on the table including a reduction in the number of private school vouchers that can be issued.
Democrat Win Moses says, “The Republicans did not campaign on these issues, and now they're trying to push them through, taking away collective bargaining, advancing vouchers that would hurt traditional schools, those types of things. Now they're aware. That's what we wanted to accomplish."

“It's been a long five weeks, an expensive five weeks for the taxpayer.” says House Speaker Brian Bosma (R), “It will be tough to get it done in the short time frame left but with the help of our Senate colleagues who we've been working with continuously over the last five weeks, I'm sure we can get there”

Bosma, also said daily fines assessed to missing Democrats will not be waived.




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