By The Associated Press
Indiana’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives has approved right-to-work legislation this afternoon with a 55-41 vote. This would make Indiana the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state. This afternoon, House Democratic leader Pat Bauer said the outnumbered Democrats fought the best they could to rally against the divisive measure, which would ban unions from collecting mandatory representation fees from workers. The right-to-work legislation sparked a periodic boycott from House Democrats this session and a five-week walkout during the last session.
The measure is expected to face little opposition in the Republican-controlled Indiana Senate and could reach Republican Governor Mitch Daniels’ desk shortly before the February 5th Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Daniels supports the legislation and has made its passage one of his priorities this year.