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Indiana Supreme Court To Hear Case Involving House Fines

The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case questioning whether the fines imposed on House Democrats for their walkout were legal.

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The Indiana Supreme Court will rule on the legitimacy of fines imposed on House Democrats.

The state‘s highest court Wednesday agreed to hear the Indiana‘s appeal of a Marion County judge’s ruling that House Democrats were improperly fined for their legislative walk out.

On Monday, Marion Superior Court Judge David Dreyer granted a permanent order blocking the state from seizing the pay of House Democrats to cover the fines. The judge ruled Indiana collected the fines improperly. He ordered the state to return any money that was seized in 2011 and to stop any action to collect fines imposed this year.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller appealed Dreyer’s ruling and asked that it also be transferred to the Indiana Supreme Court. Chief Justice Randall Shepard has granted that request. Until the Supreme Court rules, the state must refrain from paying back fines collected from Democrats in 2011 and to refrain from collecting any more fines from Democrats.

The case involves more than 30 Democrats that boycotted the House floor over the controversial right-to-work legislation. Democrats held out for five weeks in 2011 and for several days this year. In 2011, each Democrat in the walkout was fined about $3,000. Democrats involved in the walkout this year each were fined about $4,000.

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