Ind. House Dem leader hints at possible walkout

By TOM LoBIANCO | January 4, 2012 | 11:50 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The leader of Indiana's House Democrats is hinting that a walkout may be in the offing to block the same Republican "right-to-work" bill blocked last year after a five-week Democratic boycott of the session..

House Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer told The Associated Press that his caucus plans to meet Wednesday to debate how to handle the GOP proposal that would make Indiana the 23rd state to bar businesses and private unions from mandating that workers pay union fees for representation.

Bauer led the walkout last year. But new fines and lawmakers concerned about re-election in 2012 have made the group wary of another. Bauer referenced the U.S. Senate's filibuster as a tactic. But he said it would take a "substantial majority" of his caucus to try something similar in Indiana.