Indiana legislators wrap-up session with no initiative legislation passed
By Kyle Maichle
Two pieces of initiative legislation were considered in the past session. The most notable piece considered was House Bill 1137 which would allowed citizens to recall elected officials. The proposal allowed for recall of any statewide or local political subdivision officer with the signature requirement set at ten percent of votes casted in the last election for local and state legislative races and ten percent of votes casted in the last election for Secretary of State for statewide races. The bill died in committee without seeing any floor votes in the General Assembly.
The other piece of legislation that was considered was Senate Bill 324. The bill would have allowed a mandatory summary of proposed amendments to the Indiana Constitution. The requirements in the bill called for a voter information guide to be published 105 days before the general election. The bill passed the Indiana State Senate on February 2, 2010, by a vote of 48 to 2. However, the bill did not advance out of committee in the Indiana House.