SENATE BILL No. 341
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 3-10-3-11; IC 3-11-3.
Synopsis: Explanation of proposed constitutional amendments.
Requires the attorney general to prepare a neutral summary of any
proposed state constitutional amendment. Requires the attorney general
to distribute a copy of the summary to various entities and post the
summary on the attorney general's Internet web site not later than 60
days before the election at which the proposed amendment is submitted
to the voters. Requires a copy of the summary to be posted at each
polling place. Provides that the attorney general has absolute discretion
to determine the contents of the summary, and prohibits the bringing
of an action based on the exercise of this discretion.
Effective: July 1, 2008.
January 14, 2008, read first time and referred to Committee on Judiciary.
Second Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2008)
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SENATE BILL No. 341
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 3-10-3-11; (08)IN0341.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 3-10-3-11 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
1, 2008]: Sec. 11. (a) The attorney general shall prepare a summary
of a proposed constitutional amendment submitted to the
electorate of the state under this chapter.
(b) The summary prepared under subsection (a) must:
(1) contain not more than two hundred (200) words; and
(2) be stated in neutral language.
(c) Not later than sixty (60) days before the election at which the
public question concerning the proposed state constitutional
amendment is submitted to the electorate of the state under this
chapter, the attorney general shall do the following:
(1) Distribute the summary prepared under subsection (a) to
each of the following:
(A) The election division.
(B) The legislative services agency in an electronic format
under IC 5-14-6.
(C) Indiana news media.
(D) Indiana public libraries.
(2) Post a copy of the summary on the attorney general's
Internet web site.
The attorney general may provide for more extensive publication
of the summary than is required by this subsection.
(d) A copy of the summary prepared under this section shall be
posted at each polling place during the election at which the public
question concerning the proposed state constitutional amendment
is submitted to the electorate of the state.
(e) The attorney general has absolute discretion to determine
the contents of a summary prepared under this section. A person
may not bring an action in any court based on the exercise of this
SOURCE: IC 3-11-3-4; (08)IN0341.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 3-11-3-4 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008]: Sec. 4. (a) The election division shall
provide a seal for the ballots. The seal may be of a design considered
proper by the election division, but the same design may not be used
for two (2) consecutive elections.
(b) The election division shall provide each county election
board with a copy of the summary of each proposed state
constitutional amendment to be submitted to the electorate of the
state prepared under IC 3-10-3-11.
SOURCE: IC 3-11-3-11; (08)IN0341.1.3. -->
SECTION 3. IC 3-11-3-11, AS AMENDED BY P.L.230-2005,
SECTION 51, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2008]: Sec. 11. The county election board shall deliver the
following to each inspector or the inspector's representative:
(1) The supplies provided for the inspector's precinct by the
(2) The local sample ballots, the ballot labels, if any, and all poll
lists, registration lists, and other supplies considered necessary to
conduct the election in the inspector's precinct.
(3) The local ballots printed under the direction of the county
election board as follows:
(A) In those precincts where ballot card voting systems are to
be used, the number of ballots at least equal to one hundred
percent (100%) of the number of voters in the inspector's
precinct, according to the poll list.
(B) In those precincts where electronic voting systems are to
be used, the number of ballots that will be required to be
printed and furnished to the precincts for emergency purposes
(C) Provisional ballots in the number considered necessary by
the county election board.
(4) Twenty (20) ink pens suitable for printing the names of
write-in candidates on the ballot or ballot envelope.
(5) Copies of the voter's bill of rights for posting as required by 42
(6) Copies of the instructions for a provisional voter required by
42 U.S.C. 15482. The county election board shall provide at least
the number of copies of the instructions as the number of
provisional ballots provided under subdivision (3).
(7) Copies of the summary of each proposed state
constitutional amendment to be submitted to the electorate of
the state for posting as required by IC 3-10-3-11.