Senate Committee Passes RTW Bill
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Right to work legislation has passed an Indiana Senate committee and will be brought up for a vote in the full Senate Wednesday.
Democrats sat out of the committee hearing Monday in protest of the speed with which the bill is progressing, though their absence was not enough to prevent the bill from moving forward.
One Republican on the committee, Sen. Brent Waltz (R-Greenwood), was the only person on the committee to vote “no” in the 6-1 vote.
“Right to work is wrong for Indiana. It will cost jobs, not create them,” Waltz said.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) rejects claims the bill is being slammed through the Statehouse.
“This has been discussed to death and it’s time to move on with the issue,” Long said.
Governor Mitch Daniels, who has been taking flack for stating as recently as 2006 that he was against making Indiana a right to work state, explained to reporters his flip-flop on the issue.
“Eight years of evidence convinced me we were going to need it. We were simply missing to many chances,” Daniels said.
The governor says he will sign right to work into law, if it passes the Senate and comes to his desk.