INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Supreme Court is hitting the pause button on
fines levied against House Democrats in the right-to-work battle while it
reviews the issue.
The state’s highest court has directed none of the $1,000-a-day fines levied
this year can be collected and none of the fines collected last year can be
returned to Democrats. Chief Justice Randall Shepard issued the order
Indiana’s House Republicans fined most House Democrats thousands of dollars
last year and this year over boycotts and walkouts in the right-to-work
The Supreme Court will also review a lower court ruling on the fines made
earlier this week. The court earlier agreed to review the underlying
question of whether it is legal for the state to collect those fines by
deducting them from lawmakers’ paychecks.