Bill Removes School Board Members After Felony Conviction

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February 3, 2015 —

INDIANAPOLIS – The House has approved a bill that would remove school board members from their positions if they are convicted of a felony.

House Bill 1335 passed unanimously and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

The bill extends impeachment provisions that currently exist for public officers of cities, counties, towns and townships to schools as well.

Rep. Steve Stemler, D-Jeffersonville, authored the bill. He said that he was inspired to write the legislation after a Greater Clark Schools board member pleaded guilty to a felony charge of shoplifting and he realized that wouldn’t automatically remove her from office.

“A correction needed to be made to include individuals if this situation would ever occur,” Stemler said on Monday.


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