Indiana House Leaders Could Meet Wednesday During Legislative Impasse

March 01, 2011

Indiana House Minority Leader Pat Bauer said he and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma are discussing a plan to meet Wednesday.

More than 30 Indiana House Democrats have stayed at Urbana's Comfort Suites since last Tuesday night following a legislative impasse that started over opposition to right to work legislation and bills impacting education.

Bauer acknowledged that there has been 'movement' between both parties, and he said he believes there's room for more of it.

"We don't negotiate, and that's the final deal," he said. "We have to take it to our caucuses. This is the traditional way of doing things."

Bauer said any meeting that takes place with Bosma needs to include discussion on the compromises the Democrats are seeking over a number of bills. Bauer said the House Speaker has spoken favorably over some of the amendments Democrats have offered, but is not willing to talk about every measure, like a voucher bill that would use taxpayer money to help parents send kids to private schools.

Bauer said if he does meet with Bosma, the Democratic caucus would stay in Illinois.

(Photo by Jeff Bossert/WILL)

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