In less than six minutes and with no debate, an Indiana House committee passed a controversial “right to work” measure Tuesday morning.
Majority Republicans who control the committee denied Democratic attempts to offer amendments, and allowed for no debate. They forced an immediate roll call vote, which Republicans won on party lines, 8-5.
“Call the roll!” demanded the House Employment, Pensions and Labor Chairman Douglas Gutwein, R-Francesville. He then adjourned the meeting before announcing the vote total.
The full Indiana House and Senate chambers are now cleared to vote on the bill. The author of the Right to Work bill, Representative Jerry Torr, told the Indianapolis Star that it didn’t matter how Republicans handled the process because he suspects Democrats “are going to walk out again no matter what we do.”
Remember when Wisconsin Republicans jammed their anti-union bill through committee last year? The scene in Indiana sounds a good deal different, but it’s still likely to leave a lasting impression, and not necessarily one favors that Indiana Republicans.