Democrats accuse GOP of Marion County power grab

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:24 am by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Marion County Democrats are accusing Republicans of an attempt to give GOP Mayor Greg Ballard more authority. Democratic leaders came to the Statehouse Wednesday to protest a bill that would eliminate the four at-large members of the City County Council. They are all Democrats.

The bill would also shift the balance of power in the City County Building by giving the Mayor a line item veto along with the ability to change numbers in the budget. ‘We believe this is a simple power grab,” said City County Council President Maggie Lewis. “It’s a power grab, it’s an attempt to take away the authority the City County Council has.”

Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) said lawmakers have more important issues to consider. “Why is the state legislature being asked to solve what is not a problem at a local level other than a political problem?” he asked.

A spokesman for Mayor Ballard says the bill in question is not part of his legislative package but the author, Senator Mike Young (R-Indianapolis,) says it was drafted with input from the Mayor’s staff.

The bill is not yet scheduled for a hearing.

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