Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lugar Advocates Leaving City-County Council As Is

Richard Lugar
Former U.S. Senator and Mayor of Indianapolis, Richard G. Lugar, is weighing in on the Senate Bill that would eliminate four City-County Council seats elected countywide.

Lugar told WFYI that he believes that the Council is fine as is and no modifications are necessary.  "This was a good way when we brought together the entire community to make sure that the entire community had a vote," said Lugar in a soundbyte in this newscast.  Fast forward to about the 1:15 mark to hear Lugar's comments.

Of course, that was then and this is now.  The current proponents of Senate Bill 621 say that the At-Large seats on the Council are wasteful and their occupants are anonymous, but it's clear to me that they haven't talked to many neighborhood folks who consistently stand behind the Council as it is.

Will Lugar's comments have any affects on the debate at the Statehouse?  It's too early to tell.  It sounds like the bill will get a hearing and go forward.  I've been told by Senator Mike Young Young that the House version of his bill has already died.  We'll see what the appetite for Senate Bill 621 is over the next week or so.

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