Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) proposed an amendment that would require voters to approve of consolidation before it went forward.
Indiana is one of the few states with disproportionate funding for rural schools.
The Tribune-Star reports on the school board's vote to shutter the schools to save money. But the move could drive many Dugger students out of the district.
Just two Indiana districts have consolidated in the past year despite a recommendation from the former governor's administration that small schools merge.
The school system consolidated fifth and sixth grade students into one intermediate school to make up a nearly $1 million deficit.
The Brown County school board voted Thursday to consolidate its fifth and sixth grade students into one intermediate school.
Rockville and Turkey Run are considering consolidating in an attempt to cut costs.
Old National Bank plans to consolidate 18 banking centers in Indiana.
Council President Vic Kelson says consolidation may yield the necessary cuts.
Terre Haute and Vigo County officials may soon talk about whether ambulance consolidation is a budget-cutting option for the two entities.