Senate bill that would allow state AG to intervene at the county level dies

Senate bill that would allow state AG to intervene at the county level dies

A Senate bill that would give Indiana’s attorney general the power to interfere in a county prosecutor’s decision died in the House.

The bill was introduced last month and passed in the Senate, but it was not heard in the House. Under the bill, the attorney general could request the appointment of an outside special prosecutor if a county prosecutor refuses to “outright” prosecute certain crimes.

The bill’s author, Sen. Michael Young (R-Indianapolis), referenced Marion County District Attorney Ryan Mears’ decision not to prosecute simple marijuana possession cases.

Mears announced in 2019 that he would not press charges against those in possession of less than an ounce of marjuana because such cases disproportionately affect people of color.

During a committee hearing last month, Young pointed out that the bill had been in the works since Mears took office.

Although the bill itself is dead, the wording could be changed in another bill since it passed the Senate.


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Norman D. Briggs