No Rush To Enact Kernan-Shepard Reform Ideas

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December 29, 2914 — INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers set to reconvene next week aren’t showing any signs that they’ll embrace a long-running push started by former Governor Mitch Daniels to change the way Indiana’s local government is structured.

Republican Senator Ed Charbonneau of Valparaiso says he hasn’t heard any discussion among lawmakers who reconvene Jan. 6 of pursuing the recommendations of a bipartisan commission that called for sweeping changes in local governments’ structure and duties.

Charbonneau told the “Times” that the commission’s 2007 report with 27 suggested government reforms is full of good ideas.  But he says those recommendations wouldn’t be easy to pass, in part because many lawmakers got their starts in local government posts that the report proposed to be eliminated.  House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath of Michigan City says he agrees with that assessment.


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