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IBA: Bar Monitoring Legislation During General Assembly

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As the Indiana General Assembly grapples with legislation the Indianapolis Bar Association continues its practice of monitoring progress of Bills its leadership believes to be on interest to its members.

Chaired by the Honorable Heather Welch of the Marion Superior Court, the Bar’s Legislative Committee takes responsibility for tracking legislation and when necessary informs related sections within the Bar of action being taken by those in the Statehouse. The Bar also offers assistance to legislators seeking information on impact and interpretation of drafted legislation.

“It is important that members of the Bar be aware and involved in the issues being addressed by the legislature,” said Mike Hebenstreit, IndyBar President. “In general terms, our legislators are passing laws that we, as lawyers, will be referencing and that judges, will be interpreting.”

“We are also hopeful that the members of the General Assembly will see our members are a resource should they have questions about a Bill and its potential impact or interpretation,” Hebenstreit added.

IndyBar Members are kept informed of legislative action via updates within the Bar’s electronic newsletter and also on the BillWatch page of indybar.org. Members of the IndyBar’s various Sections also receive special emails when action is being taken or is thought to be needed on a related Bill.

The 2011 General Assembly is required to complete its work by April 29, 2011.•

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