In order to avoid giving Indiana House Republicans the quorum necessary to vote on right-to-work legislation, most House Democrats have been skipping work since the start of the 2012 legislative session. Yesterday, tax payers finally got their money’s worth when the Democrats showed up to the State House to do their job.
After a flurry of passionate floor speeches, House Bill 1001 passed 54-44. The bill will now move to the Senate, where it should easily pass and move on to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ (R) desk. Daniels has already indicated his approval of the bill, so it could be signed into law before the Super Bowl in Indianapolis next weekend.
Once Daniels signs the bill, Indiana will become the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state, and the first in the traditionally union-frieldly Rust Belt. The last state to pass right-to-work legislation was Oklahoma in 2001.
The win in Indiana should be very encouraging for other states like New Hampshire and Michigan as they weigh their options regarding right-to-work legislation. A right-to-work bill has already passed the NH State House for a second time and could end up on Gov. John Lynch’s (D) desk again soon. Last November Republicans were only 12 votes shy of overriding Lynch’s veto for a similar bill.