With Indiana House Minority Leader Pat Bauer saying he cannot guarantee the Democrats will return before the end of the session, Speaker Brian Bosma says if the House goes into a special session, the agenda will not be reduced from the current calendar. Mishawaka Representative Craig Fry says a normally reduced special session schedule works in the Democrats’ favor. But Bosma says the Democrats shouldn’t count on that.
Bauer says he sent a letter Tuesday to Bosma asking for clarity on the Speaker’s positions, as well as outlining three issues Democrats want compromise on. This includes school vouchers and collective bargaining for teachers and public employees. Bauer also says he believes the Republicans are avoiding a labor rally planned for Thursday.
The rally, organized by labor leaders, will be held outside the Statehouse and is expected to draw a large crowd. Bauer says some Democrats may temporarily return from Illinois to attend the rally.
Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports from the Statehouse.