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Friday, February 21, 2014

Ind. Law - Attorney General Greg Zoeller addresses the Federalist Society

The Indianapolis Lawyers Division of the Federalist Society has a luncheon Thursday on "The Role of State Attorneys General in Addressing Federal Overreach," featuring Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General. Justin L. Mack of the Indianapolis Star reports:

During the address, Zoeller highlighted what he considered to be recent examples of overreach and explained how his office responded.

Among the topics discussed was the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources such as power plants and manufacturing facilities. According to the EPA, heat-trapping gases may be a greater threat to public health and welfare than other pollutants it regulates.

But since 2010, Indiana and other states have been challenging the regulations.

In U.S. Supreme Court filings, opposing states accuse the EPA of “one of the most brazen power grabs ever attempted by an administrative agency.” Arguments will be heard in court Monday.

“If you read the paper or if you follow these cases … you would think that we’re for pollution,” Zoeller said. “Well, I’m challenging whether the EPA can assume authority not granted. The attorneys general are the only ones left standing to raise these claims.”

Zoeller also touched on Indiana joining 25 other states in 2010 to challenge the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Supreme Court in June 2012 upheld the act’s individual mandate but struck down a portion of the federal health care law that would have required states to dramatically expand Medicaid or forgo the program entirely.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 21, 2014 10:02 AM
Posted to Indiana Law