Fines pending for Ind. House Dems in labor battle

By TOM LoBIANCO | January 6, 2012 | 4:50 AM EST

House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 in Indianapolis. Democratic lawmakers stalled work in the chamber for the second day over a Republican right-to-work bill that was blocked last year by their five-week boycott. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's House Democrats are bracing for major financial pain as they begin a third day blocking a bill that would make Indiana the first state in more than a decade to enact right-to-work legislation.

Fines of $1,000 daily for each Democrat could hit Friday depending on what Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma decides to do.

But Democratic Rep. Vanessa Summers says she is ready to suffer the fines as a single mother who lost her home and is putting her son through college.

Summers and other Democrats have denied Republicans the numbers needed in the House to push a bill that would bar private unions from collecting mandatory fees.

Republicans put the new fines in place after Democrats blocked the measure last year with a five-week walkout.