Legislature Awaits New Governor
After eight years, lawmakers will adjust to new agenda, governing style
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) (WIBC.com file photo: Eric Berman)
Monday's inauguration of Governor-elect Mike Pence means a transition phase for relations between the governor's office and the legislature.
For eight years, Governor Mitch Daniels has had a full slate of policy proposals waiting for legislators. The new governor has a few proposals he emphasized on the campaign trail, including a tax cut and expanded vocational education, but isn't expected to lay out a full agenda until his State of the State address a week after he's sworn in.
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says legislators won't be waiting around. He notes the strong Republican majorities in both the House and Senate are largely in sync with Pence, with the potential exception of Pence's tax cut proposal, which has gotten a noncommittal reaction from Bosma and other legislative leaders.
Bosma says the more significant transition may be in adjusting to a new governor's management style. But he says Pence will come in as more of a known quantity than Daniels was. While both came to the statehouse from Washington, Pence's relationship with Bosma dates back to their time in law school together, while his circle of friends includes Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and other Republican legislators.