Bill to Remove Council At-Large Seats Moves to Indiana House
The bill which would remove Indianapolis' City-County Council At-Large seats and give the mayor more power is heading to the House.
The proposal passed through the Senate and House Speaker Brian Bosma has stated he won't get in the bill's way when it comes to the House floor. City-County Council Vice-President John Barth, a democrat, says the bill should first be discussed with community members. He calls the bill a power grab, saying it would force public safety officials including the sheriff and prosecutor to go to an "unelected bureaucrat" to ask for their budgets on a quarterly basis.
Barth adds that Mayor Greg Ballard's office has been unclear on which parts of the bill the mayor supports. He says that's why it should first be discussed with members of the community to get their input before taking it to the Indiana General Assembly.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Senator Michael Young, says a community like Indianapolis doesn't need at-large council members because it already has a chief executive to speak for it.
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