Bills to regulate constitutional convention delegates pass House
By Tim Grimes
INDIANAPOLIS – Two Senate bills that outline the requirements of delegates to a constitutional convention passed out of the House on Monday, April 15.
And even though both bills passed easily, a joint House and Senate resolution that would actually call for the constitutional convention passed the Senate, but not the House.
Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, said he wants to make sure Indiana is prepared before a constitutional convention before one gets called.
“We want to get the rules in place before we do that and we always have next year to do that too,” Steuerwald said.
President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, has said the convention would likely be to review the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Long also said he hopes Texas, Tennessee and Utah and other states will follow Indiana’s lead.
“The goal will be that if these two bills pass, that we’ll use this as a model for the rest of the states and there are a lot of other legislatures that are interested in this issue. We hope this will be model language that will be followed nationally,” Long said.
The bills passed by a voice vote in the House and will now go to Gov. Mike Pence’s desk. A spokeswoman for the governor said Pence will consider the legislation and decide whether or not to sign it when it reaches his desk.
Tim Grimes is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.
This bill has been corrected from its original post.
Originally, the story stated the bills that outline the requirements for a constitutional convention delegate passed the House on April 12. They did not. Instead, the bills passed on April 15. Senate Bill 224 passed 64-28 and Senate Bill 225 passed 64-29. TheStatehouseFile.com regrets the error.