Judge weighing Gov. Holcomb’s suit over emergency law

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Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher talks with reporters outside a Marion County courtroom in Indianapolis on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, after he and a lawyer for Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb argued before a judge over the constitutionality of a new state law giving legislators increased power to intervene during public health emergencies. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A top state lawyer argues that Indiana’s constitution gives the Legislature full authority to meet when it wants, urging a judge to reject the governor’s lawsuit challenging the increased power state legislators gave themselves to intervene during public health emergencies.

Gov. Eric Holcomb maintains the law violates constitutional provisions allowing only the governor to call the General Assembly into special session after its annual session ends.

State Solicitor General Thomas Fisher argued Friday that a 1970 constitutional amendment allowing the Legislature to meet each year gave lawmakers “maximum flexibility” on when to meet.

A Marion County judge gave both sides 10 days to submit more court documents before he makes a decision.

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