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Monday, April 29, 2013

Ind. Law - "Indiana General Assembly missed much more than it hit"

That is the headline to this unsigned opinion column from the Indianapolis Star.

But it looks like the IndyStar also "missed much more than it hit" here.

Their first miss can be seen in the "Editor's note" preceding the story:

An earlier version of this article cited as a Miss the so-called “ag-gag” bill. That legislation died in the final hours of the legislative session.

That's one. Number two is in the column's description of the first "Hit":

Hit: Let’s start with the positive. Lawmakers not only completed their constitutional duty of drafting and approving a two-year budget, they also did the work on time and passed a spending plan free of the accounting gimmicks that were once common in the Statehouse.
"Where does the Indiana Constitution say that?" That was the heading of this Jan. 7, 2007 ILB entry that began:
I thought we'd put this old saw to bed! But the Indianapolis Star's Mary Beth Schneider writes today [2007] on the paper's front page: "But only one job is a must-do, mandated by the constitution: passing a new two-year state budget."

The ILB posed this question a number of times in 2005, when variations of the supposed mandate, including Pat Bauer's "That’s really our only constitutional duty,” were repeated, without question, in a number of reporters' stories.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 29, 2013 10:16 PM
Posted to Indiana Law