Indiana Democrats look to be pulling a “Wisconsin Democrats” by fleeing the state to sabotage the passage of a union-busting bill. Talking Points Memo reports that the “Indiana Democrats are using the legislature’s quorum rules to stop the GOP.” Using the legislature’s own quorum rules against the majority? That is so Sun Tzu, Indiana Dems.
The Indianapolis Star reports that the bill in question would “bar unions and companies from negotiating a contract that requires non-union members to kick-in fees for representation.“
Here’s some specifics from the Star about this move:
The House was came (sic) into session this morning, with only two of the 40 Democrats present. Those two were needed to make a motion, and a seconding motion, for any procedural steps Democrats would want to take to ensure Republicans don’t do anything official without quorum.
With only 58 legislators present, there was no quorum present to do business. The House needs 67 of its members to be present.
The Star reports that the Democrats “need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.” They are said to be heading to Illinois, where they will surely run into their Wisconsin counterparts, play harmonica and sing about life on the lam.
Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown [Indianapolis Star]