Bedford Republican Senator Brent Steele says he remains confident the legislature will pass a bill overhauling the state’s criminal code, despite Governor Mike Pence voicing concerns about the measure’s impact.
Gov. Pence’s main issue with the bill is its reduction of penalties for low-level drug offenders. Those behind the criminal code reform effort want to focus more on rehabilitation. But Pence says the state must remain tough on drugs and work to reduce crime, not penalties.
Tippecanoe County juvenile court judge Loretta Rush is Indiana’s newest Supreme Court justice – and the second woman to ever sit on the state’s high court.
Governor Mitch Daniels named Rush as his pick Friday. Hamilton County judge Steven Nation and Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter were the other two finalists. Many in the legal community urged the governor to name a woman to the bench.
While Daniels says he wasn’t oblivious to those calls, quality was his first concern.