Indiana lawmakers preserve Judy O'Bannon's pension

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.--- Indiana lawmakers have deleted language in a state statute that had threatened the state pension former first lady Judy O'Bannon began drawing after Gov. Frank O'Bannon died in 2003.

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

Leaders of both parties added a measure into a public pension bill deleting the statute's antiquated wording. That bill passed the Legislature and is awaiting 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.

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