House Democrats end boycott and return to Indiana

Indiana State Rep. Charlie Brown (D-Gary) and Kristen Self, a finance director with the Indiana House Democratic Caucus, prepare to leave Urbana for Indianapolis after a nearly six-week boycott. Photo by Jeff Bossertt, WILL

Indiana House Democrats are returning to the Statehouse tonight.  House Speaker Brian Bosma says he spoke with Minority Leader Pat Bauer just before taking the podium for roll call today.  Bauer told him the Democrats would return to conduct business by 5 o’clock.

Bosma on Democrats’ Return

Bauer, speaking from his car on the way back to Indiana, says Democrats feel there are enough concessions to return for now.

Bauer on Returning to Indiana

Bauer says educating the public on the Republican agenda made the walkout worth the effort.  Meanwhile, Bosma says it will take an extraordinary effort to complete all legislative business before the end of the session, making a special session more likely.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports from the Statehouse.

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