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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - A least one state senator is unaware of Governor's non-role in constitutional amendments

A reader received this note from a state senator and has sent it on to the ILB [ILB emphasis]:

Thank you for contacting me about Indiana's consideration of a constitutional amendment defining marriage. This measure recently passed both houses and is now on its way to the Governor's office for his consideration. Because the amendment was not passed in the same form as in 2011, the earliest the measure will be on the ballot is 2016. If you have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Michael Crider

ILB: Here is Article 16, Sec. 1 of the Indiana Constitution:
Section 1. (a) An amendment to this Constitution may be proposed in either branch of the General Assembly. If the amendment is agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each of the two houses, the proposed amendment shall, with the yeas and nays thereon, be entered on their journals, and referred to the General Assembly to be chosen at the next general election.

(b) If, in the General Assembly so next chosen, the proposed amendment is agreed to by a majority of all the members elected to each House, then the General Assembly shall submit the amendment to the electors of the State at the next general election. (c) If a majority of the electors voting on the amendment ratify the amendment, the amendment becomes a part of this Constitution.

(History: As Amended November 3, 1998).

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 19, 2014 03:07 PM
Posted to Indiana Government