Illustration by Gregg Bender | The Journal Gazette
Illustration by Gregg Bender | The Journal Gazette

When Indiana House Democrats left the Statehouse for Urbana, Ill., nearly three weeks ago, they left the Republican majority without enough members to meet quorum requirements. Their absence effectively put the brakes on a legislative agenda they claimed was radical.

Voters will ultimately decide whether their protest was warranted, but the immediate question is what effect it has on the session. Here’s an update on where things stand:

What’s done

Legislation originating in the Senate, with its quorum-proof GOP majority, was unaffected by the walkout. Bills approved in that chamber include an immigration bill modeled after Arizona’s controversial bill and a scaled-down prison reform bill.

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