How right-to-work legislation has moved through the 2012 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
Created by lweidenbener on Jan 29, 2012
Last updated: 02/02/12 at 01:29 AM
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Gov. Mitch Daniels signs right-to-work into law almost immediately after the Indiana Senate moved it to his desk on a 28-22 vote. The bill takes effect March 14. The governor’s signature makes Indiana the 23rd state with a right-to-work law and the first in a decade. Oklahoma was the last state to adopt such a law in 2001.
The Indiana Senate passes HB 1001, the right-to-work bill - 28-22, sending it to the governor to sign into law. Thousands of union members protested inside and outside the building.
Democrats in the Indiana Senate propose three amendments - including referendum language - to the right-to-work bill passed by the House. All three amendments fail. The bill becomes eligible for a final vote in the Senate.
The Labor and Pensions Committee approved House Bill 1001 on a 6-1, with one Republican voting no. Democrats were absent. They left the committee meeting as testimony began, saying the meeting was a sham and was done too hurriedly.
A dispute over the Republican speaker of the Indiana House’s ability to collect fines from Democrats who boycott the chamber heads to the Indiana Supreme Court. The court decided to take up the case on Friday, speeding the battle out of Marion County courts and past the appeals courts entirely.
Leaders of the Republican-controlled Senate said they will push to pass the right-to-work bill on Feb. 1, in time for Gov. Mitch Daniels to sign it into law before the Super Bowl.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said he planned to have a Senate committee hearing on House Bill 1001 on Jan. 30; the Senate will then accept amendments Jan. 31 and have a final vote Feb. 1.
The House passed a right-to-work bill 54-44 after a chaotic debate that included union workers yelling through the chamber’s door to try to drown out Republicans who support the legislation. The House debate took place after Democrats returned to the floor following a two-day boycott over the contentious right-to-work bill and held open the chamber’s door as Republicans tried to debate the controversial legislation.
House Democrats continue their boycott, blocking a planned House vote on HB 1001, the right-to-work legislation.
Democrats return to the House chamber and offer their referendum amendment and six other changes to the right-to-work bill. Republicans defeat them all but approve two amendments of their own. Democrats say the speaker did not allow them to offer all their amendments - something House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, vehemently denies - and Democrats walk out.
The Senate passed the contentious right-to-work bill 28-22 on Monday as a large crowd of union members protested just outside.
Republican-controlled Senate considers amendments to right-to-work bill and votes down a Democratic amendment that would have sent the question to the ballot.
uperior Judge David Dreyer issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the state from docking the pay of three Democrats – Reps. Vanessa Summers, D-Indianapolis; Shelli VanDenburgh, D-Crown Point; and William Crawford, D-Indianapolis – while the case is pending. Other Democrats later join the suit.
Democrats hold a "public" caucus in the Statehouse rotunda where leaders rally members and anti-right to work protestors. Then they retire to a private caucus to continue debating a next step.
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, announces that Republicans will begin fining absent Democrats $1,000 per day they prevent a quorum.
Democrats refuse to provide the House a quorum on the day Bauer and Bosma had agreed to do right-to-work amendments. Democrats say they need more time to perfect referendum amendment and make it constitutional.
Democrats receive a memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency that raises state constitutional questions about their referendum proposal.
Democrats announce they will seek an amendment that would put the right-to-work question on the ballot.
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, meet to discuss right to work. Bosma reportedly agrees to postpone amendments on the bill until the following Tuesday and Bauer agrees that Democrats will show up to work on other bills.
During a chaotic committee meeting, Republicans passed a right-to-work bill 8-5. The committee's chairman allowed no discussion or amendments from Democrats. Union members and Democrats shouted throughout the meeting.
Democrats restart their House boycott. Democrats say they are angry over a committee meeting in which they say they were unable to offer amendments.
HB 1001 assigned to the House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pension.
Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, introduces HB 1001, the right-to-work bill.
Democrats return to the Indiana House on Monday, ending what had been a three-day boycott over divisive right-to-work legislation. It was a one-day-only decision, said a defiant House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, who urged Republicans for time to educate the public about right to work.
Just weeks before the Super Bowl is to take place in Indianapolis, the National Football League Players Association releases a statement Friday condemning the right-to-work legislation. The NFLPA releases the statement just as lawmakers enter a committee meeting to discuss the bill.
Right-to-work measure takes its first step to becoming a law when it wins the approval of a state Senate committee. The vote came after nearly five hours of competing testimony at a joint House-Senate committee meeting from business leaders, union workers, academics and public officials. The GOP-controlled Senate Pensions and Labor Committee votes 6-4, with one Republican joining three Democrats in voting against the measure. The House committee can't vote because Democrats haven't provided the quorum needed to get the bill officially introduced.
The third-ranking Democrat in the Indiana House gives up his leadership post and leaves most of his colleagues behind as he returned to the House willing to work on right-to-work bill. The move by Rep. Dale Grubb, D-Covington, is a notable sign that the Democrats might not be able to maintain their boycott over right to work. Four other Democrats also are on the floor.
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana House meet behind closed doors but Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, says only that they "agree to disagree." Democrats first express fear about fines, although Bosma won't say when or if he'll start imposing them.
Senate Bill 269 is assigned to the Committee on Pensions and Labor.
Gov. Mitch Daniels rescinds controversial new security measures that had come under fire for possibly limiting protests against the controversial right-to-work legislation. He said the Statehouse would return to a previous and looser security policy that did not include limits on the number of people who can come into the building.
Work at the Indiana House stops even before it starts as Democrats spend hours in a closed-door meeting that denies majority Republicans the quorum they need to start work on a controversial right-to-work bill. Democrats demand statewide hearings to educate Hoosiers on RTW but House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, says they are unnecessary.
Sen. Carlin Yoder introduces right-to-work legislation in the Indiana Senate.
Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration imposes new security rules at the Statehouse to deal with big union crowds protesting right-to-work legislation.
A new Ball State University poll finds nearly half of all Hoosiers are undecided about the right-to-work proposal.
The survey of 607 Hoosiers shows 27 percent of respondents support and 24 percent oppose right-to-work. The poll found 48 percent of respondents were undecided or had no opinion. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels announces in a statement that he would support GOP right-to-work proposals. Daniels says that Indiana “gets dealt out of hundreds of new job opportunities” because it doesn’t have the law, which would free workers from paying dues to unions they don’t join, even if the group represents them.
The board that oversees the state’s job creation efforts endorses right-to-work.
The Indiana Economic Development Board approves a resolution that ticks off a number of statistics meant to show that right-to-work will create jobs.
Hundreds of union workers crowd the Statehouse hallways waving signs and chanting “shame on you” outside the Indiana House and Senate chambers as lawmakers organized for their 2012 session.
The demonstration – which included shouts of obscenities and drowned out a moment of silence for the late race car driver Dan Weldon – came just one day after Republican leaders announced that passing a right-to-work law will be their top priority, one they said is necessary to boost Indiana’s job creation efforts.
Saying it will break down the state’s “final barrier” to economic growth, the General Assembly’s GOP leaders announce that right-to-work legislation will be their top priority for the 2012 session. The announcement comes the day before the 2012 session's Organization Day.