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The full Indiana House of Representatives will hold a hearing on the contentious “right-to-work” bill next week.

It’s part of a deal between party leaders that will apparently end a Democratic boycott of House business.

The Republican-led measure would prohibit unions at private companies from collecting mandatory representation fees.

The issue has sparked union demonstrations at the Statehouse and an on-and-off legislative boycott by House Democrats.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (top) says he and Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer (below) have reached an agreement under which a hearing will be held on the bill Tuesday, with a final vote later in the week.

“And also I made….my committment to do what I believe I have done in virtually every circumstance and that is to have a full and fair debate on amendments as they’re offered,” Bosma said.

Democrats were angry that testimony and amendments were not allowed during a committee hearing on the measure this week.

An AFL-CIO town hall meeting on the issue will be held Thursday night in Jeffersonsville.

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