Breaking from his Wisconsin colleague, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) called on state Republicans Tuesday afternoon to drop a bill that would limit union bargaining rights.
Earlier in the day, state House Democrats left the state in an attempt to block the bill's passage. According to The Indianapolis Star, Daniels told reporters Tuesday afternoon that Democrats will probably come back if the bill is dropped.
Daniels, who has been mentioned as a possible 2012 presidential candidate, said he would not send state police to bring back the Democrats. That's a contrast to the case in Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker (R) ordered officers to bring back the state Democrats if they were within state lines. The Wisconsin lawmakers are reportedly hiding out in Illinois.
Daniels's comments come in light of protests in Wisconsin against a bill that would roll back collective bargaining rights and some union benefits.
The Indiana bill bars unions from negotiating contracts and requires that non-union members pay fees. In response to the Indiana bill, just two of the 40 House Democrats showed up in the state legislature Tuesday.
Daniels appears to be trying to avoid protests similar to those in Wisconsin despite the fact that prominent national Republicans have come out in support of Walker's bill.