|Sen. Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake|
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One of the most controversial things he did IN the Statehouse was to file an amendment to a bill that would have eliminated the four At-Large seats on the City-County Council in 2016. After some talk, the amendment he pushed was eventually dropped last session.
Now, an out-of-town lawmaker, Sue Landske, a Republican Senator from Cedar Lake, has filed an amendment on the Senate side to SB 110 to do what Hinkle wanted to do last year again this year.
Of course, the four At-Large seats were a Unigov creation that for many years assured a Republican majority on the City-County Council. Since the late 1990's, as Marion County and Indianapolis have become more blue, the Council At-Large seats have followed that trend. After losing two of the four seats and the Democrats picking up another one, suddenly the Republicans want to erase those At-Large seats with D's in all four seats now.
The idea of At-Large seats makes some sense. You have your district level Councillors that must be attuned to the needs of the specific district, but I think it's good to have four Councillors whose constituents are the entire county. They should have a more global view of what's good and bad for the city, as a whole.
When Republicans held two of the At-Large seats, I thought it was a bad idea to get rid of the At-Larges. Now that Democrats hold all four again, I still think Landske's amendment is a bad idea. I also find it annoying that some lawmaker from Cedar Lake believes it's her place to fiddlefart around with Marion County government. There's no pressing need to change the makeup of our City-County Council.
If the four At-Large seats didn't exist, the Council would have a 13-12 Republican majority and after GOP operative David Brooks redistricted the Council with little public and no Democratic Party input, this move shows that the fix must be in for sure. She was put up to this, no question. I'm just surprised it wasn't Mike Young or Scott Schneider or someone that filed the amendment.
Guess they didn't have the guts.