Senators Banks, Kruse, and Yoder are proposing to amend a venerable piece of law. Senate Bill 36 would amend IC 4-6-7 which appears to have been on the books in its current form since at least 1905. It permits the attorney general to employ an assistant residing in D.C. “to assist him in the presentation and prosecution of claims of the state against the United States, pertaining to swamplands, or swampland indemnity.” As compensation, that assistant can be paid up to 25% of the money he recovers and turns over to the state.
SB 37 would basically gut that law and allow the Attorney General to employ a deputy in the D.C. area to monitor federal legislation and regulations and lobby on behalf of the attorney general with respect to legislation or regulations that might affect Indiana.
I have no idea what impact this would have on the vital swampland indemnity program.