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Governor signs bill adding county judges

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Gov. Mike Pence signed Senate Enrolled Act 486 Wednesday, which will allow three counties to appoint additional magistrates or judges.

Under the new law, Hamilton Superior Court may appoint a third full-time magistrate; Hendricks Superior Court will be able to appoint two full-time magistrates. Owen Circuit Court will be able to add a second judge. The law establishes a unified Circuit Court in Owen County, beginning Jan. 1, 2015. The introduced version of the bill was prepared by the Commission on Courts.

Pence previously signed SEA 527 into law, which urges the Legislative Council to assign the Pension Management Oversight Commission to study the retirement, disability, and death benefits currently provided to judges and full-time magistrates. The introduced version of the bill called for changes to provisions of the Judges’ 1985 Retirement System to incorporate features that are the same or similar to those found in the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Retirement Fund law.

Pence has until Monday to sign several enrolled acts, including HEA 1016 on problem-solving courts, HEA 1029 on adoption history information, HEA 1056 on probate and trust administration and HEA1061 on Warrick County courts magistrate.

The General Assembly is scheduled to end the session Monday, although legislators are working to wrap up by Friday.

 

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