Attorney General Todd Rokita has filed at the Indiana Supreme Court a request for a writ of mandamus and prohibition, an extraordinary legal remedy court rules say generally is viewed with disfavor.
A Marion County judge could decide by September whether the Indiana General Assembly must obtain the governor's consent to convene a special legislative session during a statewide emergency.
A second lawsuit challenging a new Indiana statute permitting "emergency sessions" of the General Assembly is moving forward after a judge rejected Attorney General Todd Rokita's attempt to delay it.
The decision paves the way for a judge to decide the validity of a new law permitting the Legislature to convene a 40-day "emergency session," without the governor's consent, during an emergency.
A judge has scheduled oral arguments on the constitutionality of a new Indiana law permitting the General Assembly to convene during statewide emergencies without obtaining the governor's consent.
Local health officers across Indiana have lost their independent authority to impose emergency disease prevention measures on individuals and businesses that are more stringent than state rules.
Gov. Eric Holcomb has vetoed legislation that would have stripped local health officers of their independent authority to impose disease prevention measures during an emergency.
Gov. Eric Holcomb is asking a judge to declare unconstitutional a new Indiana law authorizing the General Assembly to convene during statewide emergencies without obtaining the governor's consent.
House Enrolled Act 1123 permits House and Senate leaders to call the Legislature into emergency session for up to 40 days to respond to an emergency declared by the governor or undo his emergency orders.
State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, said the legislation will ensure the Legislature has a seat at the table if a future governor dealing with a state emergency isn't interested in listening to lawmakers.
Gov. Eric Holcomb is pledging to veto legislation that would permit the Indiana General Assembly to convene “emergency” sessions at its discretion as a check on the emergency powers of the governor.
The Indiana Senate voted Monday to grant the General Assembly unprecedented authority to convene an "emergency session" any time the governor declares a statewide emergency.
A House committee agreed Thursday that no state or local official ever should have the power to limit or halt religious services, including in-person attendance, under any circumstances.