By Jackie Larkin
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana: The 37 House Democrats who fled the state last month now have two options: return, or pay a daily fine of $250, beginning Monday.  The Indiana Constitution, in Article 4, sections 11 and 14 allows for the use of fines and other such tactics to compel absent members to return.
On February 22 all but three House Democrats left Indiana, depriving Republicans of a quorum and halting the passage of a proposed “right-to-work” bill, which would have allowed private-sector workers to opt out of joining unions.
Tory Flynn, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Brian Bosma, claims the state has spent around $250,000 on House staff salaries and other expenses over the past week.  According to Flynn, the Democrats “are putting the entire state at a loss.”  Indiana legislators are paid $22,616.46 a year, and receive a per diem of $138 each day. 
The missing representatives are as follows:
Democrats Terri Austin, Steven Stemler, and Vanessa Summers stayed behind to provide, if necessary, a motion and a seconding motion, enabling them to stop any official business from proceeding, should the Republicans try to do so.