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Indiana Democrats Fleeing State

February 22, 2011

Indiana House Democrats are taking a page out of the playbook of their Wisconsin counterparts, leaving the state rather than voting on anti-union legislation, the Indianapolis Star reports.

The move prevents the House from reaching the quorum presence necessary to do business.

As the Star notes, today's showdown was triggered by Republicans pushing a bill that would prevent unions and companies from negotiating a contract that requires non-union members to kick-in fees for representation.

A source told the Star Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to head to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.

A state House committee passed a right-to-work bill Monday, sparking a large protest from workers. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) has urged state legislative leaders not to pursue right-to-work legislation; his concern is that the response from labor and Democrats could disrupt his agenda and the legislative session.

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