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Most Indiana House Democrats did not show up for legislative business again this morning, saying they need more time to craft an amendment to a controversial labor bill that was scheduled for a vote this week.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the Democrats have been caucusing in the Statehouse rotunda this morning.

Repblicans approved a motion levying fines of $1,000 per day against Democrats who fail to show up for business.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says he’ll try one more time at 11:30am to call the House into session today.

House Democrats have been stalling action on the so-called “right-to-work” bill, which would make it illegal to force workers at private companies to pay union representation fees.

Republicans says the measure is needed to spur job growth; Democrats and organized labor call it an attempt to weaken unions.

House Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer is now pushing for a referendum that would allow voters to decide whether Indiana should adopt the policy.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."