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O’Bannon named to state salary commission

INDIANAPOLIS ‘ Indiana House Speaker B. Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend) and Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Garton (R-Columbus) have announced their appointments to a new commission that will help determine salaries for the governor, legislators and other top state public officers.
Garton’s appointments are Jonathan O’Bannon, assistant publisher of O’Bannon Publishing Co. in Corydon and son of the late Gov. Frank L. O’Bannon, and Mary Fink of Fort Wayne, the tax manager for Steel Dynamics Inc.
Bauer’s appointees are John L. Bartlett of Indianapolis, a tool and die maker at Allison Engine/Rolls Royce, who will be the commission chair, and Lee J. Marchant of Bloomington, the president and chief executive officer of LJM Enterprises.
The commission will make recommendations on suitable salaries for the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, state attorney general, clerk of the Indiana Supreme Court, state Supt. of Public Instruction, state Supreme Court justices, judges on the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Tax Court, judges for circuit, superior, probate and county courts in Indiana, and members of the legislature.
The written recommendations will be made to the Legislative Council and the State Budget Committee no later than Sept. 21 of each even-numbered year. Any recommendation made by the commission must be approved by the Indiana General Assembly before taking effect.
The commission will have nine appointed members. In addition to the selections made by the Speaker and Senate President Pro Tempore, the governor and chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court must make two appointments each and the chief judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals a single selection.
O’Bannon, 39, said he agreed to serve on the commision because ‘I thought it was an honor to be asked and it will be a very interesting experience.’