Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Breaking News

Local News

December 29, 2010

Buck wants restrictions lifted on judges’ ages

Buck seeks to limit annexation waivers.

Unless there is a change in state law, Howard Superior Court 4 Judge George Hopkins will be ineligible to run for re-election in 2012.

Currently, state law prohibits a Superior Court judge from taking the oath of office if he or she is over the age of 70. There is no such restriction on Circuit Court judges.

Hopkins said he will be older than 70 in 2012.

Sen. Jim Buck, R-21st District, intends to introduce legislation that will eliminate the restriction on Superior Court judges.

“The legislation will make it the same as for the Circuit Court,” Buck said. “There already is a problem getting people to run for judge. Taxpayers have spent a lot of money on the training and expertise of the judges.”

“No one knows how that came about,” he said.

The legislation would make the rules the same for all judges.

“I would run again if the law is changed,” Hopkins said.

Buck also plans to reintroduce legislation that will place a 10-year limit on annexation waivers.

This will be the third time he is introducing the legislation, which would limit future waivers to 10 years.

Earlier this month, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a remonstrance against Kokomo’s planned West Side annexation cannot proceed.

The waivers — each one essentially a promise by a property owner not to fight annexation — were collected in Kokomo in exchange for the providing of sewer service.

“This would get a handle on the waiver limit,” Buck said of the legislation. “If the property isn’t annexed without 10 years, the waiver goes away.”

Buck said the legislation is a question of fairness when a waiver is signed and annexation doesn’t take place. He said many people who purchased property were not aware of the waiver on the property.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • FEMA's disaster decisions frustrate state, local leaders Pamela Jackson thought she was lucky to escape harm as a tornado bore down on her neighborhood last November. She huddled in a bathroom with her two disabled sons, critically ill husband and six other family members as the twister blew out windows an

    April 23, 2014

  • timthumb.jpg INDOT to install curbs on Markland

    Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews have been scheduled to install traffic separator curbs between opposing lanes of State Road 22/Markland Avenue during the week of April 28. Placement of the highly visible manufactured curbing is

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Farmers Market 01 Kokomo Downtown Farmers' Market gets facelift Pint-sized gardeners made homemade Chia Pets at the Kokomo Downtown Farmers' Market Saturday morning while their parents shopped for homegrown produce nearby. The kids packed grass seeds and dirt inside the disposable socks you get at shoe stores. Th

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • FEMA grants disaster aid to Tipton County The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by a January storm that brought paralyzing snow and frigid temperatures. Governor Mike Pence received word Tuesday that FEMA had granted his appeal for fede

    April 23, 2014

  • Native American inmate sues Miami Correctional Facility BUNKER HILL - A Native American inmate is suing the Miami Correctional Facility for violating his constitutional religious freedom after the prison last year terminated Native American worship services. Daniel Littlepage says in a class action lawsui

    April 23, 2014

  • Take Back the Night 17 Crowd rallies around domestic violence victims

    Doran Gwyn vividly remembers the night his stepdad came home from work and sat down at the table for supper. "He looked at the meal and said, 'What is this,'" Gwyn recalled. Then he took a bowl of food and smashed it against the ceiling in a rage and

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Tipton commission appointments get tangled up in confusion Months of confusion over a pair of appointments to two economic development commissions in Tipton County appear to be coming to an end, but not without its share of confusion. Single appointments to both the Tipton County Economic Development Commiss

    April 23, 2014

  • FEMA OKs aid for Tipton, 18 counties, but not Howard Co.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by a January storm that brought paralyzing snow and frigid readings.

    April 22, 2014

  • Energy-saving program powering down this year Ever wonder how energy efficient your house is? You can find out. For free. But not for long. Energizing Indiana, a 2-year-old initiative of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, offers any homeowner in the state a free energy assessment for the

    April 22, 2014

  • Ways to celebrate Earth Day everyday “Help save the planet.” It’s a common phrase that sounds impossible to most of us. After all, what can one person really do to make an impact on the huge environmental issues facing people all over the world? But going green doesn't have to be a daun

    April 22, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries