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Governor gets judicial merit-selection bill

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Gov. Mitch Daniels received today legislation that, if signed, would toss out merit selection and retention of St. Joseph Superior judges and also create a new three-judge panel for the Indiana Court of Appeals.

The governor's office received House Enrolled Act 1491 this morning, and Daniels now has seven days to act on it, according to spokesman Brad Rateike. If the governor doesn't act on the legislation in that time, it would automatically take effect.

Authored by Rep. Craig Fry, R-Mishawka , the bill would put in place a non-partisan election system where voters would select the county's eight Superior judges every six years, limit campaign contributions, allow for interlocal court agreements statewide, and establish a sixth appellate district and panel starting in July 2011.

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