INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Republicans who control the Indiana House say they will start holding committee hearings without boycotting Democrats this week, even though no official action can be taken in the House until they return.
House Speaker Brian Bosma said Monday he's directing GOP committee chairman to hold informal meetings to discuss issues this week, and that committees could vote on bills later if and when Democrats return.
Senate committees are also dealing with bills caught up in the House boycott, including the state budget, which is getting a hearing Monday afternoon.
Also Monday, the state Republican Party launched a new website -- www.indemsgps.com -- tracking absent House Democrats. The national Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has started a new television ad running in the Indianapolis area attacking Gov. Mitch Daniels and fellow Republicans.
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