INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WISH) - Democrats will have to pay fines levied against them for walking out of the Statehouse in 2011.
The Indiana Supreme Court doesn't believe it's appropriate to intercede with the legislative branch, according to an opinion released Tuesday.
The court was considering two appeals related to the walkout of Democrats in 2011 during the legislative session. Democrats left the state and were later fined. How and whether those fines could be levied became a subject of court cases.
The majority opinion stated, "We will not involve the courts in such inherently internal matters of the legislative branch."
In the opinion, the court said the Indiana House has specific rules that allow discipline and requiring attendance.
Two justices had dissenting opinions and believed that taking the fines from lawmakers' per diem pay was contrary to the law.
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