Fines pending for Ind. House Dems in labor battle



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Democrats could soon get hit with $1,000-a-day fines over a labor bill that has stalled work in the 2012 session.

House Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer said Thursday that Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma promised to begin fining Democrats on Friday under a new law designed to keep them from blocking business after a five-week walkout last year.

Democrats stalled business on the first day of the 2012 session Wednesday when they did not report to the House floor. That blocks a right-to-work measure that would bar private unions from collecting mandatory fees.

Democrats met again Thursday before the day’s session but did not say how long they planned to stall. Instead they are debating holding public hearings on the proposal around the state as soon as this weekend.