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Thomas not worried that HB 1002 died Tuesday

Thursday, March 3, 2005

On Tuesday, lawmakers failed to vote on House Bill 1002 giving prosecution powers to the state's Inspector General David Thomas, but he said he is worried "not at all," despite the death of the bill.

It's just the beginning of the legislative session said the former Clay County prosecutor. "There are many opportunities left."

Thomas was appointed Inspector General in January by executive order of Gov. Mitch Daniels. Thomas has been gathering information for cases since, however, without the passage of the bill he can't prosecute anyone.

Daniels created the office to investigate complaints of ethics violations, misuse of state funds and criminal conduct in state government. The bill died in the General Assembly Tuesday when Democrats boycotted the vote and over 130 others.

"I'm not surprised by it," Thomas said regarding the bill not being passed on Tuesday.

Democrats said it's not safe to give one person appointed by the governor to pursue criminal charges.

"It's (the death of the bill) not going to hinder us, but it's going to restrict some of the things we can do," he said.

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