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.
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.
The Indiana General Assembly is returning to the Statehouse Monday — less than three weeks after adjourning its regular, annual session — to consider overriding two gubernatorial vetoes.
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.
Attorney General Todd Rokita said Friday only he is empowered to file lawsuits involving state officials and he did not consent to the governor's lawsuit against the General Assembly.
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.
"Senate Bill 5 simply creates a structural check-and-balance on a position that has unparalleled authority under these emergency orders," said state Sen. Chris Garten, R-Charlestown.
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.
Senate Enrolled Act 389 would permit Indiana property owners to drain or fill most isolated wetlands without a permit or compensatory mitigation.
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.
“Our ability to respond efficiently and effectively to this once-in-a-lifetime emergency has been tied to the governor’s executive orders from that first week until now,” said Dr. Kristina Box.
The new statute invalidates all local landlord-tenant regulations, including local anti-discrimination protections relating to housing for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers.
"The state should not be stepping in to retaliate against local governments that make decisions on behalf of their communities," said state Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary.
State lawmakers took the first step Thursday toward retroactively restoring essential Lake County governing procedures accidentally deleted during a 2019 cleanup of Indiana election statutes.
The legal issue at the center of an unprecedented lawsuit filed by the Lake County Council against the Lake County Commissioners could be resolved by the Indiana General Assembly.
A week after the Lake County Commissioners put off for a second time the sheriff's proposal to spend $23,560 on thermometer system kiosks, the council voted to resubmit the purchase in its name for action by the commissioners.
The commissioners are seeking to dismiss a lawsuit seeking clarification on whether council ordinances taking control of county government purchasing and data processing were legitimately vetoed.
The Lake County Council isn't sure it has the power to override a veto by the Lake County Commissioners. But the council went ahead Tuesday and did it anyway.
The ongoing separation-of-powers dispute between the Lake County Council and the Lake County Commissioners is heading to court — just not in the way anyone expected.
The $255 million Lake County spending plan for 2021 will take effect Jan. 1 after winning final approval Wednesday by the county commissioners.
The Lake County Commissioners unanimously rejected Friday an attempt by the Lake County Council to seize control of the county's purchasing and data processing departments.
Gov. Holcomb has vetoed legislation that would have barred local units of government from regulating any aspect of landlord-tenant relationships.