Ind. Supreme Court upholds fines on House Democrats

Indianapolis You may remember two year ago when Democrats walked out of the Indiana Statehouse to stall action on the so-called Right To Work bill.

As a result, they were fined up to $1,000 a day.

Today, the Indiana Supreme Court upheld those fines levied by House Republicans.

The Democratic lawmakers spent weeks at an Illinois hotel during the walkout.

This morning, the court found that the constitutional separation of powers bars it from interfering in legislative decisions. They dismissed the case.

The vote was split, 3-2.

The two justices who voted against the fines said the House’s discretion to punish its member does not include withholding pay.

House speaker Brian Bosma released this statement:

"I consider this a victory for the Indiana constitution and the proponents of limited government, and consider the matter closed. I am glad that we can put this issue behind us and continue our work for the state in a bipartisan manner."

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