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State Plans To Appeal Judge's Decision In Bloomington Annexation Lawsuit

Bloomington annexation map

A last-minute addition to the state's budget bill in 2017 stopped Bloomington's annexation process. (City of Bloomington)

The State of Indiana plans to appeal a Brown County judge’s decision that its attempt to block Bloomington’s annexation plan is unconstitutional.

The state filed a notice of appeal Monday. Indiana trial court rules say the Indiana Supreme Court must hear any appeals of a decision that declares a state or federal statute unconstitutional.

State legislators slipped language into the 2017 budget bill that halted Bloomington’s plans to annex nearly 10,000 acres. The city argued the language specifically singled Bloomington out.

In his decision last month, Judge Frank Nardi agreed and said the legislation violated the state’s constitution.

The state still has to file its formal appeal.

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