INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence has signed a series of small measures
approved by state lawmakers this year, but he has left the bigger items —
including his top priorities — for later.
As of Wednesday, Pence had signed legislation dealing with public
pensions, court records and technical fixes in other policy areas. The
governor also signed bills allowing the sale of alcohol at the State Fair
and providing more aid to the state's military families.
He also said he would approve new child daycare regulations, dealing
largely with religious daycares and small daycare operators. Indiana media
have written a series of exposes in the last few years about child deaths
and dangerous conditions at unregulated daycare centers throughout the
As of Wednesday, Pence had approved more than 30 bills. He is out of town
But measures he sought cutting business taxes, starting a preschool pilot
program and spending more on road construction all await his signature.
Much of that is simply because of how the session typically runs each
year. The biggest and toughest items are typically negotiated all the way
through the final days of the session. Lawmakers finished their work last
Thursday, but many of the bills Pence signed reached his desk a week
Meanwhile, activists who lost their fight with General Assembly this year
are lobbying for Pence to veto a measure dealing with energy efficiency.
Environmental advocates delivered a petition to Pence's office this week
from supporters hoping he will veto a measure ending the state's energy
The governor's veto carries very little weight in Indiana because it can
be overridden by a simple majority of state lawmakers, just over 50
percent of each chamber. In Congress and in many other states, defeating
an executive's veto is a much higher hurdle: it requires support from
two-thirds of the members.
If Pence does nothing within a week of a bill reaching his desk, the
legislation automatically becomes law.