Speaker Bosma Offers Overview of Hinrichs v. Bosma to St. Thomas More Society


Brian C. Bosma, ’84, speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, talked about the legislative prayer case, Hinrichs v. Bosma, during a meeting of the St. Thomas More Society on March 25, 2013, at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Calling the experience “a lesson in the law of unintended consequences,” Speaker Bosma said the case came about shortly after sessions of the House began being broadcast on the Internet in 2005. Prayers had routinely been offered to open the day’s business in the Indiana General Assembly in both chambers since the state’s founding, but the public became aware of the practice after those sessions were widely broadcast. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana ruled that sectarian prayers must not be offered, and that any prayers must not make mention of Jesus Christ. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ultimately overturned the decision.

Speaker Bosma was first elected in 1986 to represent House District 88, which today encompasses the northeast portion of Marion County, a portion of southern Hamilton County, and the western portion of Hancock County. He is a partner in the Indianapolis-based law firm Kroger Gardis & Regas, focusing his practice in the areas of local government and environmental law. He was a founding director of Bosma Industries for the Blind, Inc., which today employs over 85 blind and visually impaired Hoosiers in Central Indiana.

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