Sen. Merritt has introduced SB 473 which creates the “state house bust commission.” The commission is charged with “consider all aspects of honoring” former governor Mitch Daniels and former chief justice Randall Shepherd with busts for placement in the State House.
Apparently “consider all aspects” doesn’t include considering whether we should be considering a bust of these two at this point. I have no doubt that both will go down in the books as influential parts of the history of Indiana government. But, I’m a believer in not creating monuments to people until after they’re dead. If someone put up a monument to me while I was living, I’d almost consider it a matter of honor to do something spectacularly inappropriate just to make the monument a source of amusement.