GOP Leader: House Dems Aren't Coming Back

By Deanna Martin | February 24, 2011 | 11:13 AM EST

Indianapolis (AP) - Indiana Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says boycotting House Democrats told him they won't return to the Statehouse Thursday or Friday.

Bosma says House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer told him that Democrats have no intention of providing the quorum needed for House business this week. Democrats are boycotting in an effort to derail bills they consider an assault on the working class. Most House Democrats are staying at a hotel in Illinois.

Bosma says that when Democrats return, lawmakers can extend legislative deadlines for bills that would otherwise die Thursday. Those bills include a contentious private school voucher bill and the new state budget.