Indiana lawmakers preserve Judy O'Bannon's pension

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Indiana lawmakers have deleted an antiquated statute that threatened the state pension former first lady Judy O'Bannon began drawing after Gov. Frank O'Bannon died in 2003.

After the Democratic governor's widow remarried in November at age 78, it was discovered that a state law concerning state employee pensions specifies that if a governor's spouse remarries that person will lose the governor's pension.

Leaders of both parties determined that statute was antiquated and added a provision deleting it to a public pension bill that passed both chambers and now awaits Gov. Mike Pence's signature.

Senate President Pro Tempore David Long says that if Judy O'Bannon lost any pension in the meantime, it will be reinstated.

The Fort Wayne Republican tells The Indianapolis Star ( ) "it was the right thing to do."

Information from: The Indianapolis Star 

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