The chairman of the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee has introduced Senate Bill 1, a 119-page proposal that would replace administrative law judges with an administrative court made up of nine judges appointed by the governor.
Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, filed the bill that would transform the process of review of final state agency actions under I.C. 4-21.5. Those matters now handled by administrative and environmental law judges would be heard by three-judge panels that would issue written decisions. Those rulings could be challenged in a Circuit or Superior court of proper jurisdiction.
The bill proposes administrative courts be in place to begin reviewing state agency decisions in 2017.