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Lawmakers Urged To Work Out Differences On Fines

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Indiana's chief justice is urging lawmakers to work out their differences lingering from two straight years of legislative walkouts.

The case that the court is considering involves the collection of thousands of dollars in fines that majority Republicans imposed on House Democrats who took part in boycotts in 2011 and 2012.

You remember when most of the Democrats spent weeks at an Illinois hotel in early 2012.

They walked out mainly to block action on a right-to-work bill that was later passed in the face of labor protests at the Statehouse.

A lawsuit by some Democrats alleges that the state treasurer broke the law by withholding those fines from their pay checks.

The court has signaled that it would like both sides to work this out but that seems unlikely.

There is no timeline for the court's ruling.

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