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Indiana "Right-to-Work" Bill To Get Another Hearing This Week

The Indiana General Assembly resumes Tuesday, with House lawmakers taking up a contentious labor bill.The Republican-led measure would prohibit unions at private companies from collecting mandatory union representation fees.The so-called “right-to-work” issue has prompted union demonstrations at the Statehouse and several days of boycotts by House Democrats.Democrats agreed to return to the chamber after House Speaker Brian Bosma said a hearing would be conducted on “right-to-work” and Democrats’ amendments would be considered.House Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer has said he’ll call for a statewide referendum on “right-to-work.” Republicans, who hold majorities in both chambers, oppose the idea.Other bills working their way through the legislature include a statewide smoking ban and several education proposals.

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