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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Law - "Bill would let top lawmakers intervene in court cases when AG declines to defend Kentucky law"

From the Lexington Herald-Leader, a story by Jack Brammer that begins:

FRANKFORT — A Kentucky lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow the Senate president or House speaker to intervene in a court case when the attorney general fails to defend a state law or provision of the Kentucky Constitution.

Sen. Sara Beth Gregory, R-Monticello, said Tuesday she filed Senate Bill 221 in part because Attorney General Jack Conway decided last week not to appeal a federal judge's ruling that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

Last year a similar bill was introduced in the Indiana General Assembly.

That followed after reaction to the AG's decision in September of 2012 not to further appeal federal court rulings against the constitutionality of an Indiana immigration bill - see posts in 2012 with the heading "Indiana legislators ask federal judge to allow them to defend state's immigration law."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 12, 2014 02:09 PM
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