New governor takes first official action
By Matt Mikus email@example.com January 14, 2013 5:28PM
Updated: January 14, 2013 7:47PM
INDIANAPOLIS — Following his inauguration, Gov. Mike Pence signed 15 executive orders Monday, including six new ones.
The executive orders include enhanced ethics practices for state government that promote government transparency and efficiency, and a moratorium on new regulations.
Pence also rescinded one executive order, moving the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board from the supervision of the superintendent of public instruction to the governor. Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz is the only Democrat serving in elected state office. Ritz defeated Republican incumbent Tony Bennett in November.
Pence also signed an order requiring 3 percent of state contracts come from veteran-owned businesses, another requiring six departments to develop family-impact statements for any new regulations, and one creating the Indiana Office of Energy Development.
After the executive order signings, Pence met with legislative leaders, including House and Senate leaders Brian Bosma and David Long, as well as House and Senate minority leaders Scott Pelath and Timothy Lanane.
Afterward, leaders said the meeting was a general discussion on how the state could improve work force development efforts in the state.