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Friday, February 20, 2015

Ind. Courts - More on: Amendment proposed to Article 7, the Judicial Article

Updating this post from Jan. 13th, SJR 15, which would have substantially changed the way appellate jurists are selected and retained, failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week by a vote of 4-6.

Apparently, when a proposal fails in committee, no roll call is provided...

Another problem here is that the language that was actually considered by the Committee is not available online. That is because the resolution's author submitted an amendment to the posted proposal at the time when discussion began. This not only put the members of the public who were there to testify at a disadvantage, but also appears to mean that there is no record of the language that was actually discussed and rejected.

BTW, this last minute rewrite is not that uncommon a practice in the committee hearings the ILB has watched so far this year.

In the interests of history and transparency, the ILB would be pleased to post a copy of the version of SJR 15 that was actually considered, if someone could make it available.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 20, 2015 04:53 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts