Last day for bills

April 29, 2009
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Today’s the last day of the 2009 session for the Indiana General Assembly. If bills don’t make it to the governor today, they’re done. There didn’t seem to be as many hot-button issues making the news and bogging down the session as in years past (like with the gay marriage amendment push over the past few years. Is anyone else surprised that just faded quickly into the background this session?).

What surprised us the most was the push from legislators to have judges who are currently selected by a merit-based system to switch to elections. Legislation proposed this session included the still alive House Bill 1491, election of St. Joseph County Superior judges, and the now dead House Joint Resolution 9, that would have made changes to the Indiana Supreme Court, including electing the justices.

Anything catch your eye in this year’s session that surprised you either because it did or didn’t go anywhere? Are you surprised by the success lawmakers have had in getting HB1491 through both houses? And possibly and even bigger question, will Indiana’s appellate courts be the target in the next session?

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