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Indiana House To Hold "Right-to-Work" Hearing Next Week

The full Indiana House of Representatives will hold a hearing on the contentious “right-to-work” bill next week. It's part of a deal between party leaders that will apparently end a Democratic boycott of House business. The Republican-led measure would prohibit unions at private companies from collecting mandatory representation fees. The issue has sparked union demonstrations at the Statehouse and an on-and-off legislative boycott by House Democrats. House Speaker Brian Bosma (top) says he and Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer (below) have reached an agreement under which a hearing will be held on the bill Tuesday, with a final vote later in the week. "And also I made....my committment to do what I believe I have done in virtually every circumstance and that is to have a full and fair debate on amendments as they’re offered," Bosma said. Democrats were angry that testimony and amendments were not allowed during a committee hearing on the measure this week. An AFL-CIO town hall meeting on the issue will be held Thursday night in Jeffersonsville.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.