Big atmosphere shift inside Indiana Statehouse



The Associated Press with Tribune staff reports

INDIANAPOLIS

Republican and Democratic legislators stood and applauded in the Indiana House chamber a couple weeks ago after voting unanimously to support a bill that would create a state council to match up available training programs and job opportunities.

While not a contentious topic, the sight on the House floor was a stark contrast to the past couple years, when bitter fights about Republican efforts for the right-to-work law and private school vouchers led thousands of union protesters to fill the Statehouse halls and sparked a five-week boycott by most House Democrats.

The first half of this year’s General Assembly session has been much quieter, at least partly because of redistricting-boosted election wins in November that gave Republicans a larger House majority preventing new Democratic walkouts from stopping legislative action.

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