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5 officials want judge to block Indiana conflicts law

December 16, 2015

Five municipal employees in northwestern Indiana are asking a state court judge to block a law that prohibits them from holding elected office in the same city or town.

All five won election in November to city council terms in the Lake County communities of Hammond, East Chicago, Hobart and New Chicago.

Attorney Adam Sedia tells The (Munster) Times that his clients want a Lake County judge to act by Jan. 1 when their elected terms begin. They argue the 2012 state law violates their free speech and equal privileges rights under the state constitution.

The Indiana attorney general's office says the Legislature acted within its authority in deciding people can hold only one local government position at a time.

A federal judge ruled against the five earlier this month.

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