- - Tuesday, December 28, 2010

UNIONS

Indiana GOP leaders eye right-to-work law

INDIANAPOLIS | Bills filed in the Indiana House that would ban workers from being required to pay union dues could spark a debate so divisive that Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels wants to avoid the issue.

The so-called right-to-work legislation has been filed by Republicans who gained a House majority in the November election. Labor Committee Chairman Doug Gutwein of Francesville says he supports such a law, but doesn’t know yet whether the committee will consider it.

Democratic Rep. Dennis Tyler of Muncie tells the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., that he thinks such laws drive down wages and that Democrats will fight it.

Mr. Daniels says he thinks the proposal has merit, but worries that bringing it up could hurt the chances of action on other issues during the legislative session that starts next week.

DISTRICT

D.C. mayor-elect invites public to inauguration

The public is being invited to attend the inauguration of Vincent C. Gray as the sixth elected mayor of Washington.

Several inaugural events will be held Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest Washington and all are free.

The day will begin with a prayer service at 8 a.m. Mr. Gray’s inauguration and a swearing-in ceremony for D.C. Council members will be held at 10 a.m. Tickets are not needed for either event.

There will also be a black-tie gala at 7 p.m. featuring D.C. artists Chuck Brown and Raheem DeVaughn, along with the Style Band and the Yvonne Johnson Trio. Tickets for that event are required and will be available at the convention center on Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are 7,500 free tickets available.

ALASKA

Palin e-mails won’t be released ‘til May

The Alaska governor’s office says it needs until May 31 to release potentially thousands of e-mails sent and received by former Gov. Sarah Palin.

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