(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has vetoed a bill which would have given 85 percent of the money seized from criminals to police and prosecutors.
Daniels called Senate Enrolled Act 215 unconstitutional when striking it down. He cited the state’s constitution, which says proceeds from “all forfeitures” shall go to the Common School fund.
The issue has been the focus of lawsuits and Indiana Supreme Court decisions since the Indianapolis Star ran a report earlier this year that prosecutors were receiving most of the money.
The state supreme court ruled the seized money should go to the school fund, with the exception of paying expenses in seizing the funds.
That ruling was made April 27, just two days before the state legislature ended. Daniels said fairness should be given to the legislature because of the timing.
The bill would have sent about 90 cents of every dollar to pay for the expense of collecting it.
In vetoing the bill Friday, Daniels has either signed or vetoed every bill sent to his desk from the 2011 General Assembly. The only other bill he vetoed was House Enrolled Act 1177, which would have required a majority of board members of state colleges and universities to be Indiana residents and citizens of the United States.