Introduced Version






HOUSE JOINT
RESOLUTION No.
2
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED RESOLUTION



Citations Affected: Article 4 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana.

Synopsis: Legislative terms of office. Defines the term of a general assembly for purposes of the Constitution of the State of Indiana. Provides for a term of office for a state senator of six years beginning November 5, 2002. Staggers the terms of senators so that one-third of the senators are elected every two years. Provides that beginning with the general election held November 5, 2002, the term of a state representative is four years. Provides that the general assembly shall reapportion its legislative districts before January 1 of the third year after the year of the federal decennial census. (The Constitution of the State of Indiana currently requires the Indiana general assembly elected during the year in which the federal decennial census is taken to reapportion legislative districts.) This proposed amendment has not been previously agreed to by a general assembly.

Effective: This proposed amendment must be agreed to by two consecutive general assemblies and ratified by a majority of the state's voters voting on the question to be effective.





Ripley




    January 10, 2000, read first time and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedures.








Introduced

Second Regular Session 111th General Assembly (2000)


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HOUSE JOINT
RESOLUTION
No. 2



    A JOINT RESOLUTION proposing an amendment to Article 4 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana concerning the general assembly.

Be it resolved by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: ; (00)HJ9205.1. -->     SECTION 1. The following amendment to the Constitution of the State of Indiana is proposed and agreed to by this, the One Hundred Eleventh General Assembly of the State of Indiana, and is referred to the next General Assembly for reconsideration and agreement.
SOURCE: CON 4; (00)HJ9205.2. -->     SECTION 2. ARTICLE 4, SECTION 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF INDIANA IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. (a) The Legislative authority of the State shall be vested in a General Assembly, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.
     (b) The term of a General Assembly begins on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in November of each

even-numbered year and ends on the first Wednesday after the first Monday of November of the following even-numbered year.
    (c)
The style of every law shall be: "Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana"; and no law shall be enacted, except by bill.

SOURCE: CON 4; (00)HJ9205.3. -->     SECTION 3. ARTICLE 4, SECTION 3 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF INDIANA IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS: Section 3. (a) Senators shall be elected and serve as follows:
        (1) Senators elected before November 2, 2004,
shall be elected for the a term of four years, and beginning the day after the general election.
        (2) At the general election held November 2, 2004, successors to the Senators elected at the 2000 general election shall be elected and serve as follows:
            (A) Seventeen Senators, chosen randomly as provided by law, shall be elected for a term of four years, beginning November 3, 2004.
            (B) Eight Senators, chosen randomly as provided by law, shall be elected for a term of six years, beginning November 3, 2004.
        (3) At the general election held November 7, 2006, successors to the Senators elected at the 2002 general election shall be elected and serve as follows:
            (A) Nine Senators, chosen randomly as provided by law, shall be elected for a term of four years, beginning November 8, 2006.
            (B) Sixteen Senators, chosen randomly as provided by law, shall be elected for a term of six years, beginning November 8, 2006.
        (4) At the general election held November 4, 2008, the successors of the Senators elected under subdivision (2)(A) shall be elected for a term of six years, beginning November 5, 2008.
        (5) At the general election held November 2, 2010, the successors of the Senators elected under subdivision (2)(B) and the successors of the Senators elected under subdivision (3)(A) shall be elected for a term of six years, beginning November 3, 2010.
        (6) At each general election held after 2010, Senators shall be elected for a term of six years, beginning the day after the general election.
    (b)
Representatives shall be elected and serve as follows:
        (1) Representatives elected before November 2, 2004, shall be elected
for the a term of two years, from beginning the day next after their the general election. One half of the Senators, as nearly as possible, shall be elected biennially.
         (2) Beginning with the general election held November 2, 2004, Representatives shall be elected for a term of four years, beginning the day after the general election.
SOURCE: CON 4; (00)HJ9205.4. -->     SECTION 4. ARTICLE 4, SECTION 5 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF INDIANA IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS: Section 5. The General Assembly elected during Before January 1 of the third year in which after the year of a federal decennial census, is taken, the General Assembly shall fix by law the number of Senators and Representatives and apportion them among districts according to the number of inhabitants in each district, as revealed by that federal decennial census. The territory in each district shall be contiguous.