"We are now entering our third week unable to act on bills due to our Democrat colleagues' failure to attend session," said Rep. Steuerwald. "This is unacceptable."
In order for the House of Representatives to conduct official business, a quorum must be called, which requires 67 representatives to be present. House Republicans make up 60 of the 100 members. In order to make a quorum, only 7 democrats would have to show up.
According to Article 4, Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution, those in attendance, even though they do not constitute a quorum, "may meet, adjourn from day to day, and compel the attendance of absent members."
After five days of the absent democrats not showing up, Speaker Bosma decided to hold their per diem. Beginning on March 7th, Speaker Bosma announced that House Democrats will face $250 in fines each session day that they miss.
"This is a constitutional issue and is a direct violation of our oath of office to conduct business and pass a budget," said Rep. Steuerwald." I intend to continue to be present whenever session is called and to uphold my oath of office and serve my constituents."