INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of Indiana's most influential state
lawmakers is stepping down after 25 years in the Legislature.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Luke Kenley
announced Wednesday he would retire effective Sept. 30. The 72-year-old
Republican from Noblesville has had a hand in nearly all money-related
matters before the Legislature over the past decade.
Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb says Kenley has been an
essential state-budget architect for years, with few sharing his
understanding of the state's finances.
Kenley says after winning approval this spring of a new
two-year state budget and a state road-funding plan, it is time for others
to have a chance to serve.
Kenley overcame a GOP primary challenge last year to win
election to his seventh Senate term, which runs until 2020.