INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is having his legal staff determine whether he can lobby state lawmakers when he takes over as president of Purdue University in January.
Daniels said Friday he wasn't sure whether he could press members of the General Assembly on the university's behalf because of state ethics rules that require a one-year "cool down" for public officials after leaving office. If the law is unclear he said he would "lean" against lobbying in his first year at Purdue.
Daniels was named Purdue's president Thursday and will start at the university in January. The upcoming legislative session will be critical for university leaders as lawmakers craft the state's next two-year budget.
Indiana's public universities have struggled with state funding cuts and rising tuition costs in recent years.