Update at 3:09 p.m. ET. With a signature, Gov. Mitch Daniels has turned Indianapolis into a right to work state. The governor signed into a law a controversial bill that would prohibit labor contracts from requiring workers to pay union dues, according to the AP.
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The controversial "right to work" bill was approved by the state Senate today with a 28 to 22 vote. Once Daniels signs the bill into law, which he is expected to do later today, Indiana will be the first state in a decade to pass a right to work law.
This year's State of the Union address may have set a record for fewest surprises.
The usual elements were all in place, starting with the sergeant at arms shouting across the din of the chamber, quieting the crowd of worthies from both House and Senate, the Cabinet and the Supreme Court.
Then the president made his way down the center aisle, shaking hands with the members who had sent staff members to reserve these favored seats for hours for just this moment.
And in Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law yesterday that makes his state the first to ban all government funding for Planned Parenthood. The bill also imposes some of the nation's toughest restrictions on abortion. Planned Parenthood has clinics across the country and it receives funds through Medicaid and from government grants.
There has long been a prohibition against using federal money for abortions. But many Republicans say that paying for any services at Planned Parenthood indirectly subsidizes abortion.
Gov. Mitch Daniels, a possible Republican presidential candidate, is expected soon to sign a bill that would make Indiana the first state to strip Planned Parenthood of government funding.
If that happens, Indiana resident Nicole Robbins says she doesn't know what she'll do. The 31-year-old single mother had been paying out of pocket to go to a midtown Indianapolis Planned Parenthood when she first became a patient five years ago but switched to Medicaid after she lost her job. The funding cut means Planned Parenthood will no longer accept Medicaid.