The Honorable Rudolph "Rudy" Pyle, a circuit court judge, will replace outgoing Judge Carr Darden. Governor Mitch Daniels appointed the former deputy prosecutor to the circuit court in 2009. Daniels says it’s the first time in state history a former state trooper has sat on either the state Appeals or Supreme Court.
Pyle says being a former state trooper gives him an additional perspective on the bench.
Indiana collected $159 million more in revenue in April than expected.
Total revenue collections last month represent an increase of more than 25% versus the same month a year ago.
Governor Daniels says a major reason for that dramatic increase is greater efficiency within the Department of Revenue. The department processed significantly more tax returns last month than it ever had before, which led in part to the higher-than-expected revenue.
Daniels says, as a result, May’s figures might be a little lower than forecast, but he’s pleased.
Intoxicated minors will be free to seek medical attention for others who have drunk too much without fear of being charged for underage drinking under a new law signed by Governor Mitch Daniels Friday.
The Indiana Lifeline Law provides immunity from charges of public intoxication and possession, consumption and transportation of alcohol by minors if those people are discovered to have been drinking only after medical attention is sought for someone who’s had too much to drink.
Governor Mitch Daniels says full day kindergarten is now a reality for all Hoosier children, and he hopes it’s a permanent reality.
Funding for full day kindergarten has been slowly increased over several years. A bill Governor Daniels signed Tuesday adds more than $80 million to kindergarten. Daniels says that’s enough to make it possible for virtually every Hoosier child to participate without parents paying out of pocket.
“Any additional charges, the bill prohibits school districts – now that they’re fully funded – from charging anything for it.”