New trend in Ind. lawmaking focuses on permanency

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A new trend emerging among Indiana lawmakers focuses on making their decisions more permanent.

Two DePauw University students studying the Indiana Constitution have been talking about research showing how lawmakers are more often turning to the state constitution to change how the state is run.

The effort to place Indiana's gay marriage ban in the state constitution is the latest example.

DePauw student Mickey Terlep presented his findings to members of the House Elections and Apportionment Committee last week. Terlep noted that past changes to the constitution often consisted of either conforming changes in the U.S. Constitution or alterations to how the government is structured.

Terlep sees the change as an effort by the older generation to "lock in" their views through the future.

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