Legislative Republicans have defeated a Democratic proposal aimed at
preventing a repeat of Purdue University's hiring of Mitch Daniels as its
new president while he was still governor.
Democratic leader Scott Pelath offered the provision, which would have
required a governor to be out of office for a year before being appointed
president of a state university.
he's sure Daniels will be a good president at Purdue, but that his
selection six months before leaving office set a "horrible precedent." He
says he worries about future governors lining up taxpayer-supported jobs
for themselves by using their power to appoint university trustees and
board members of other public entities.
to lead Purdue came with a more than 500 percent pay increase over his
take as Indiana governor.
voted 65-28 against Pelath's proposal after Republican floor leader Bill
Friend said the proposal should've been offered in a separate bill for