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Senate Bill 0579


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Senate Bill 0579

ARCHIVE (2009)

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Investigation of election law violations. Authorizes the secretary of state (secretary) to conduct public or private investigations to determine whether a person has violated, is violating, or is about to violate Indiana election law. Gives the secretary certain investigative powers, including the power to issue subpoenas, compel the attendance of witnesses, require the filing of statements, and require the production of records, documents, and other things. Allows the secretary to apply to a circuit or superior court to enforce a subpoena. Allows a witness to apply to a circuit or superior court for relief from testifying or producing records, documents, or other things. Allows the secretary to make a written request to a court for use immunity, and requires the court to grant the secretary's request, for a witness that a court determines may properly refuse to testify or produce records, documents, or other things. Requires the secretary to forward the results of an investigation to the appropriate authorities, if the secretary finds evidence of the violation of election or criminal law. Requires the attorney general, at the secretary's request, to give all necessary assistance to the secretary in the investigation of possible election law violations.
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     In Committee - first House
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