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Judge weighing Indiana governor’s suit over emergency law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A top state lawyer argues that Indiana’s constitution gives the Legislature full authority to meet whenever 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.

Holcomb maintains a law passed this spring 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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