Indiana House panel advances right-to-work bill

January 10, 2012 - 9:25 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A panel of Indiana lawmakers voted along party lines to move divisive right-to-work legislation to the full House of Representatives.

The House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 8-5 Tuesday morning to advance a ban on contracts that require workers to pay union fees for representation. The panel's Republican chairman, Douglas Gutwein of Francesville, did not accept any changes to the measure.

Union protesters who packed the House chamber for the morning vote booed at Republicans and cheered for Democrats.

House Democrats cleared the way for Tuesday's committee vote when they ended a three-day boycott Monday. But House Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer said they may boycott again to stall the labor bill.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says the bill could advance to the Senate as early as Friday.