The Indiana House overwhelmingly Monday approved an amendment to legislation that would remove Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill from office should his law license be suspended for more than 30 days.
The amendment to SB 178, which dealt with various election matters, would remove the current AG from office should the Supreme Court suspend his license for more than 30 days.
Right now a hearing officer has recommended Hill’s law license be suspended for 60 days and not automatically reinstated at the end of the suspension for alleged groping allegations of four women in a bar nearly two years ago.
In addition to being removed from office, Hill could not run again under the amendment.
Under current Indiana law, the Attorney General must have a valid law license, however, the statutes and case law were unclear as to whether an Attorney General could serve in the post with a suspended law license.
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma told the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette this morning, “We have waited as long as we can in this session for this all to shake out. And it has not yet and that leaves a lot of uncertainty.”
State Rep. Ed Delaney called the measure “impeachment in disguise.”
The measure must still past the full House on third readings and the Senate must sign off as well.
Related Story: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by four women who say Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill groped them during a legislative party in 2018. (Indiana Lawyer)