INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - Empty seats greeted Indiana House Republicans as roll call went unanswered by nearly all House Democrats.
Democratic State Representative Sheila Klinker said she won't return until Republicans are willing to talk compromise.
"We have to get some concessions from them on what they're willing to work with in the budget, and in education issues," said Klinker in a phone interview Tuesday morning.
Republican State Representative Tim Brown said he doesn't think the walk out is the right move for Democrats, or for the people of Indiana.
"It doesn't seem like it helps the cause that they're looking for, when you block and kill ideas that have been debated and vetted in committee and still have the opportunity to debate and vet through the process," said Brown.
Brown said House Republicans are frustrated because he said they do want to do the work of the people. Brown said he understands what it's like to be in the minority, but walking out is not the answer.
"Having served in the minority, there were a lot of bills in the past that I felt I didn't like, personally I felt like they were philosophically different from my views, but I was always here to do the work," said Brown.
Klinker said this legislative session has been the most difficult for her in her almost 30 years as a representative.
"Frankly this is the most difficult session, in all the time I've been working here. Only because, it's not that we don't have friendships across the aisle, it's just that the material is so controversial," said Klinker.
Representative Klinker said this morning that she had no plans to leave the state to further halt legislation. Governor Mitch Daniels said he has no intention of sending State police after the legislators. Daniels said Democrats have made their point and now it's time for them to come back and get down to business.
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