Legislature Setting Up Summer Committee Meetings

One issue drew particular attention…studying the recent state Supreme Court ruling on the Fourth Amendment.

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Lawmakers will decide what topics to discuss during their summer sessions.

Legislative leaders from both parties met at the Statehouse Tuesday to agree upon the subjects for the study committees meeting over the next few months.

Some of the topics set for study this summer include a complete examination of the state’s criminal justice system, graduation rates in Indiana, how to address the needs of returning Hoosier soldiers and assessing the state’s transportation infrastructure.

But one issue drew particular attention…studying the recent state Supreme Court ruling on the Fourth Amendment. The Court, in Barnes v. Indiana, held that Hoosiers cannot prevent law enforcement from entering their homes, even if that entry is illegal.

Bedford Senator Brent Steele will head the committee, and says the issue is one of immediate importance.

“I don’t get a lot of response in my district on many things,” he said. “My people for some reason are pretty docile, they’re not very vocal but I had a tremendous amount. I had almost as much response over this as I did the daylight savings time issue.”

Steele says the citizens of Indiana are very upset with the Court’s ruling and hopes to begin the committee as soon as possible.

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