Democrats pressure Gov. Pence to veto bill that cuts 4 Indianapolis councilors

Dems: Mayor Ballard's power unchecked

INDIANAPOLIS - Democrats are putting pressure on Gov. Mike Pence to veto what they are calling the "Marion County power-grab bill."

Democratic councilors, county office holders and state legislators held a rally outside Pence's office on Tuesday morning.

They want him to veto the bill that would eliminate the four at-large council seats, which are all currently held by Democrats.

The bill also gives Republican Mayor Greg Ballard stronger budgetary controls over county Democratic officials.

Democrats contend that the bill is a slap at voters.

"Senate Bill 621 violates the very spirit and intent of Unigov. It leaves the people of this city with fewer representatives to hold them accountable at City Hall," said Councilor Zach Adamson, a Democrat. "It strips the council's ability to serve as a balance to the now-unchecked power of the mayor, the very balance the voters clearly and decisively mandated when they elected us."

"Our point here today is simple -- let the citizens of Marion County decide how they are going to be governed.  We respectfully request the governor to exercise common sense and to veto 621," said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, a Democrat.

Pence expressed concerns about the bill on Monday, but he gave no indication about the specific items he believes are problems or whether he might veto the bill.

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