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Indianapolis At-Large Council Might Go, Expand Mayoral Power


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 Democrat John Barth says Mayor Greg Ballard‘s office has been unclear on which parts of the bill the mayor supports.

“And that‘s why I think it‘s critically important that this issue be taken to the people, we have a serious of public meetings out in the community and listen to what folks want and expect out of unigov,” Barth says.

Barth 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.

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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