Introduced Version





SENATE CONCURRENT
RESOLUTION No.
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED RESOLUTION

    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging the Legislative Council to establish the Indiana Presidential Primary Study Committee.



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Introduced

First Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2009)


SENATE CONCURRENT
RESOLUTION No. _____



    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging the Legislative Council to establish the Indiana Presidential Primary Study Committee.

    Whereas, The Indiana General Assembly believes the voters of Indiana should have their voices heard in the presidential nominating process;

    Whereas, The Indiana General Assembly is committed to preventing party politics and outdated party rules that deny citizens their full right to vote; and

    Whereas, The Indiana General Assembly desires every Indiana citizen to have the same opportunity as citizens of other States when nominating presidential candidates; Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate     of the General Assembly

of the State of Indiana, the House of Representatives     concurring:


    SECTION 1. That the Legislative Council is urged to establish an interim study committee to study the Indiana presidential nominating process.
    SECTION 2. That if established, the Presidential Primary Study Committee will help develop strategies to increase the voting impact of Indiana citizens.
    SECTION 3. That as used in this resolution, "committee" refers to the Indiana Presidential Primary Study Committee.


    SECTION 4. That the committee, if established, consists of (12) members.
    SECTION 5. That if the committee is established, the secretary of state, as chief state election official under IC 3-6-3.7, serves as chairman and as a member of the committee.
    SECTION 6. That if the committee is established, the speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint two (2) members of the committee. The two (2) members appointed under this section must be members of the house of representatives who are not affiliated with the same political party.
    SECTION 7. That if the committee is established, the president pro tempore of the senate shall appoint two (2) members of the committee. The two (2) members appointed under this section must be members of the senate who are not affiliated with the same political party.
    SECTION 8. That if the committee is established, a member appointed under Section 6 or 7 of this resolution vacates the member's seat on the committee when the member ceases to be a member of the house of the general assembly that the member represented when the member was appointed.
    SECTION 9. That if the committee is established, the chairman of each major political party of the state shall appoint one (1) member of the committee.
    SECTION 10. That if the committee is established, the secretary shall appoint the following five (5) members of the committee:
1 1.      Two (2) circuit court clerks.
2 2.      Two (2) representatives of the media who are registered voters of Indiana and have experience in reporting past Indiana presidential primaries.
3 3.      One (1) individual who is a registered voter of Indiana and has extensive knowledge regarding the economic impact of presidential primary campaigns or part caucus campaigns within Indiana and other states.     
    SECTION 11. That if the committee is established, each member of the committee serves a term of four (4) years.
    SECTION 12. That if the committee is established, the appointing authority shall fill a vacancy on the committee for the unexpired term.
    SECTION 13. That each member of the committee, if established, is entitled to receive the same per diem, mileage, and travel allowances paid to the individuals who serve as legislative and lay members, respectively, of interim study committees established by the legislative council.
    SECTION 14. That the expenses of the committee, if established,

in performing the committee's duties shall be paid from the funds appropriated to the office of the secretary of state.
    SECTION 15. That the committee, if established, shall meet at the call of the chairman.
    SECTION 16. That if the committee is established, a quorum for a meeting of the committee consists of seven (7) members.
    SECTION 17. That if the committee is established, seven (7) affirmative votes are required for the committee to take action.
    SECTION 18. That if the committee is established, the election division of the office of the secretary of state shall provide staff and administrative services for the committee.
    SECTION 19. That the committee, if established, shall study the following and publish reports regarding the committee's findings:
4 1.      The effect of setting a date for the Indiana presidential preference primary that would fall earlier in the major political party presidential nominating process, and whether by doing so, the voters of Indiana would have more opportunity to have their voices heard in the presidential nominating process.
5 2.      The fiscal impact of:
    5.a a.      Requiring a presidential primary candidate to submit a filing fee to be placed on the Indiana presidential primary ballot;
    5.b b.      Reducing the costs incurred in processing presidential candidate nominating petition by county voter registration officers;
    5.c c.      Conducting the Indiana presidential primary on an earlier date in the presidential nominating process.
6 3.      The major political party rules concerning the dates for presidential primaries and delegate selection.
7 4.      The effect of conducting the Indiana presidential preference primary on a separate date than the date of the primary conducted to nominate major party candidates for other offices.
8 5.      The laws and rules in other states concerning the determination of the date of the state's presidential primary.
9 6.      Recommendations to the general assembly for changes in Indiana law to implement the committee's findings.
10 7.      The possibility of Indiana helping to reform the current presidential nominating process by joining with other mid- western states to hold a regional primary.
11 8.      Following the 2012 general election, the effect to any changes made to Indiana law regarding the presidential

primary, and whether additional changes should be made to the laws governing the Indiana presidential primary.
12 9.      Consider any other issues pertaining to the presidential nominating process that may affect the votes of Indiana residents.
    SECTION 20. That if established, the Indiana Presidential Primary Study Committee shall expire July 1, 2014.
    SECTION 21. That the committee, if established, shall operate under the direction of the Legislative Council and that the committee shall present its findings and recommendations in a final report when directed to do so by the Legislative Council.
    SECTION 22. The Secretary of the Senate is hereby directed to transmit a copy of this resolution to the Legislative Council through the Executive Director of the Legislative Services Agency.