August 27, 2021

Indiana Supreme Court Rejects Rokita Appeal In Emergency Powers Lawsuit

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The Indiana Supreme Court rejected Attorney General Todd Rokita's effort to halt a lawsuit between the governor and the General Assembly over an emergency powers law. - Lauren Chapman/IPB News

The Indiana Supreme Court rejected Attorney General Todd Rokita's effort to halt a lawsuit between the governor and the General Assembly over an emergency powers law.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

The Indiana Supreme Court denied Attorney General Todd Rokita’s effort to halt a lawsuit between the governor and the General Assembly over emergency powers.

Gov. Eric Holcomb sued lawmakers over a new law that allows the legislature to call itself into special session during a public emergency. He argued the Indiana Constitution only gives the governor that power.

Rokita tried to intervene. Rokita said the governor can’t sue the legislature without Rokita’s say-so – and since the AG supports the legislature on this issue, he didn’t give it.

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But a county judge rejected Rokita’s argument, calling it “absurd.” The attorney general tried to get the Supreme Court to weigh in, which it won’t do. The justices denied Rokita’s request for appeal without further explanation.

Now, the case moves forward to arguments in the trial court next month over the fundamental issue: is the new emergency powers law constitutional?

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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