Holcomb signs off on provision removing AG residence requirement

Indiana’s attorney general no longer has to reside in Indianapolis to hold office now that Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed a bill to remove the residency requirement.

Holcomb signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 400, which removes the requirement Indiana’s elected attorney general reside in the capital city. Instead, the office holder must reside in Indiana while maintaining his or her office in the downtown Indianapolis Statehouse.

As a native of Elkhart County, current Attorney General Curtis Hill built his career as a prosecutor in northern Indiana before being elected attorney general last November. In an earlier interview with the Indiana Lawyer, Hill said his wife and children still reside in the northern part of the state, but during the week he spends his time in Indianapolis, as SEA 400 requires.

Holcomb also signed off on SEA 42 Thursday, a measure that extends the $1 surcharge on civil legal filing fees to July 1, 2022. Sen. Ronald Grooms, R-Jeffersonville, first introduced the civil filing fee legislation in 2012, with a provision that it would sunset on July 1, 2017.

However, as returns on the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts remained anemic, the Indiana Bar Foundation, which administers IOLTA funds, asked Grooms to extend the filing fee for five additional years.

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