The governor signed three bills Monday aimed at streamlining local government. Daniels says that legislation is intended to reduce local governments, eliminate obsolete boards and commissions, and outlaw nepotism and conflict of interest in local government.
Daniels says getting reforms like these passed has been tough. “This really modernizes Indiana state government in a way that’s overdue and there’s more to do, honestly,” Daniels says.
A commission led by former governor Joe Kernan and Chief Justice Randall Shepard laid out more than two dozen local government reforms for Indiana to undertake last session, but the General Assembly only passed eight.
Daniels says he’s not satisfied but remains hopeful even as he leaves office. “At least we’ve maintained some forward momentum and I hope that people will pick up the report in the future and keep going,” Daniels says.
The governor also signed the statewide smoking ban into law Monday.