What’s the word, Gov?

May 13, 2009
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Update:

The Governor vetoed the act this afternoon. Word came down around 4:45 p.m. Here’s a link to his reasons for vetoing the act.

We’re glad Gov. Daniels decided to veto this bill, and his reasoning for doing so is rational and the best for judicial selection in St. Joseph County.

Earlier:

Today’s the deadline for Gov. Mitch Daniels to sign or veto House Enrolled Act 1491. By now, I’m sure you are familiar with this bill – switching St. Joseph Superior judges from merit-selection to a nonpartisan election – and why we hope the governor vetoes the bill.

But at this point, all we can do is wait.

We don’t think the governor will simply take no action and allow the act to become law without his signature. Being an attorney and the one who ultimately chooses the St. Joseph Superior judges, the governor may have a little more reason either to sign or veto the bill.

As of this post, we haven’t heard what he’s going to do. What do think will happen today – will he sign it, veto it, or just let it become a law?
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