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Panel to decide O’Bannon memorial

State Rep. Paul Robertson (D-Depauw), State Sen. Richard Young (D-Milltown) and State Rep. William Cochran (D-New Albany) have been selected to serve on a bipartisan, bicameral commission that will lead an effort to place a memorial honoring the late Gov. Frank O’Bannon of Corydon in the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.
Their appointments were announced last week by Indiana House Speaker B. Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend), who said the eight-member commission will make recommendations about the issue to the full legislature.
Robertson will co-chair the commission with State Sen. James Merritt (R-Indianapolis).
‘Frank O’Bannon was an honorable man who served the people of Indiana for decades,’ Bauer said. ‘Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Garton (R-Columbus) and I firmly believe that such an exemplary career in public service deserves recognition, and we have agreed to create a commission that will determine an appropriate memorial in his honor.
‘In determining who would serve on the commission charged with this task, I have decided to rely upon the assistance of gentlemen who worked closely with Gov. O’Bannon through the years,’ the Speaker said.
Joining Robertson, Cochran, Young and Merritt on the commission will be State Reps. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) and David Young (R-Columbus) and State Sens. James Lewis (D-Charlestown) and Sue Landske (R-Cedar Lake).
Gov. O’Bannon, a Democrat in his second four-year term, died Sept. 13, five days after suffering a massive stroke at a trade conference in Chicago.