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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Elected officials take fight against nepotism law to state court"

The ILB has had several posts on this story, mostly recently on Dec. 4th, re their loss in federal court.

Today Sarah Reese has a story in the NWI Times headed "Elected officials take fight against nepotism law to state court" that begins:

Five municipal employees from several Lake County communities have taken their fight to avoid Indiana's anti-nepotism law to state court.

U.S. District Chief Judge Philip Simon earlier this month dismissed the politicians' lawsuit from Hammond federal court but declined to rule on their state claims.

An attorney for Hobart Councilman Matthew D. Claussen, New Chicago Councilwoman Susan Pelfrey, Hammond Councilman Michael Opinker, Hammond Councilman-elect Scott Rakos and East Chicago Councilman Juda Parks filed the remaining claims in Lake Superior Court.

Attorney Adam Sedia said his clients also are asking a Lake County judge to grant their petition for an emergency temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction or permanent injunction prohibiting the State Board of Accounts from considering them as having resigned from their municipal positions when they assume office Jan. 1.

The Indiana General Assembly passed a law in 2012 forbidding individuals from being both elected officials and employees of the same government unit. All five were elected or re-elected Nov. 3.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 16, 2015 08:41 AM
Posted to Indiana Government