Longtime Republican senator quitting Indiana Legislature

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican state senator who unsuccessfully ran for Indianapolis mayor last year is resigning from the Indiana Legislature with two years left in his term.

Sen. Jim Merritt said in a statement Tuesday he would resign Nov. 4 from the seat he was first elected to in 1990. The 61-year-old Merritt was a leading supporter of the state’s “lifeline law,” which lets underage drinkers or drug users report medical emergencies without fear of facing criminal charges. He did not specify a reason for his resignation.

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(This story was originally published on Sept. 8, 2020)

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