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Friday, October 19, 2012

Ind. Courts - Supreme Court sets date for legislative fines case

Niki Kelly reports today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette "Political Notebook" blog:

The dispute about legislative fines finally got a key court date.

The Indiana Supreme Court has set oral arguments in the matter for Jan. 3 at 9 a.m. That is almost a year after initially getting involved and merging two related cases.

The case revolves around fines issued by Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma to Democratic lawmakers in the 2011 and 2012 sessions who purposely boycotted the session to avoid giving the chamber a quorum to do business.

The Democrats aren't contesting the ability of Bosma to levy the fines, but believe it was unlawful for State Auditor Tim Berry to unilaterally withhold the fines from expense and salary pay.

The case is Berry v Crawford. The Supreme Court granted transfer on Feb. 8, 2012.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 19, 2012 10:15 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts