2012 Indiana General Assembly

Right-to-work could be law next week

2012-01-26T11:55:00Z 2012-02-22T15:16:05Z Right-to-work could be law next weekBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
January 26, 2012 11:55 am  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Senate will act on House-approved right-to-work legislation next week, culminating in a possible final vote Wednesday before the Legislature breaks for the Super Bowl.

The Senate Pensions and Labor Committee is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. region time Monday to review House Bill 1001, right-to-work legislation that is nearly identical to Senate Bill 269, which passed 28-22 on Monday.

If, as expected, the committee approves the House version, the measure would be eligible for amendment on the Senate floor Tuesday.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted down every amendment that Democrats proposed on Senate Bill 269 and is likely to do so on House Bill 1001 because any change would require the legislation go back to the House for another vote.

Barring any unforeseen interruptions, right-to-work would be eligible for a final Senate vote Wednesday.

A walkout by Senate Democrats is unlikely because there are enough Republicans for a quorum even if all 13 Democrats are absent.

If approved by the Senate, the legislation then would go to Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who has said he will sign it into law.

A right-to-work law prohibits a business and union from agreeing to charge fees to nonunion employees for union services they receive.

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