Holcomb appeals in emergency powers lawsuit against fellow Republicans
Gov. Eric Holcomb is appealing a judge’s ruling in his emergency powers lawsuit against the General Assembly.
Legislators passed a law this year, HEA 1123, that gives them the power to call themselves into special session during a public emergency – like the pandemic. Holcomb believes the Indiana Constitution gives that power solely to the governor.
But a Marion County judge sided with lawmakers earlier this month. He said legislators generally get to determine when and for how long they meet – making the new emergency powers law constitutional.
In a statement, Holcomb said he’s appealing the decision because the case is about how the state operates – in a constitutionally-appropriate way – during an emergency. And he said Hoosiers “deserve clarity and finality on this important issue.”
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