Provision could force Indiana attorney general from office


FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill arrives for a hearing at the state Supreme Court at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. A 60-day law license suspension is being recommended for Hill after allegations that he grabbed the buttocks of state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, and inappropriately touched three other women during a party. The recommendation filed Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, with the state Supreme Court puts the Republican Hill’s ability to remain as state government’s top lawyer in jeopardy as he must have a law license to hold the position. It wasn’t immediately clear how a temporary suspension would affect his status. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislators have taken their first step toward possibly forcing the state’s attorney general from office if his law license is suspended over allegations that he grabbed the buttocks of a female state legislator and inappropriately touched three other women.

The Indiana House voted 83-9 Monday in favor of a proposal that would prohibit anyone whose law license is suspended for at least 30 days from serving as attorney general.

Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill is awaiting a decision from the state Supreme Court on a recommendation that his law license be suspended for at least 60 days.

Hill has denied wrongdoing and is seeking reelection.

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(This story was originally published on March 2, 2020)

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