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Legislative fines get review

The dispute about legislative fines finally got a key court date.

The Indiana Supreme Court has set oral arguments in the matter for Jan. 3 at 9 a.m. That is almost a year after initially getting involved and merging two related cases.

The case revolves around fines issued by Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma to Democratic lawmakers in the 2011 and 2012 sessions who purposely boycotted the session to avoid giving the chamber a quorum to do business.

The Democrats aren't contesting the ability of Bosma to levy the fines, but believe it was unlawful for State Auditor Tim Berry to unilaterally withhold the fines from expense and salary pay.

The Attorney General's Office asked the high court to intervene after a Marion County judge blocked the House from collecting fines through payroll deduction.

Fort Wayne Attorney Mark GiaQuinta has represented the Democrats in the matter.

To contact Niki Kelly email her at nkelly@jg.net or follow her on Twitter @nkellyatJG.

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