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Ind. House leaders meet amid labor bill standoff

Indiana House leaders meet amid 2nd day of standoff as Democrats dig in against labor bill By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ' The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana House are talking as a legislative standoff over a divisive labor bill entered its second day.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma and House Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer were meeting Thursday afternoon in the speaker's office, hours after they spoke briefly during a taping for a television program. Bauer spokesman John Schorg confirms the meeting but said he doesn't know whether any progress was made toward bringing Democrats back to the House floor to conduct business.

Bauer said Wednesday his party members would stall business until Bosma agrees to more public hearings on right-to-work legislation.

That proposal would prohibit labor unions from collecting mandatory representation fees from workers at a private business.

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