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Monday, December 29, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Lawmakers show little appetite to reform local government"

Dan Carden has had a long series in the NWI Times on the Kernan-Shepard Report, ending with this story Dec. 27th that begins:

INDIANAPOLIS | Prospects are slim that any of the 13 recommendations to reform local government, detailed in the Kernan-Shepard Report, will become law during the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly.

The seeming urgency that accompanied the report's 2007 release has long since dissipated at the Statehouse, and the push by former Gov. Mitch Daniels for major changes in the structure and duties of local governments hasn't been embraced by his successor, Gov. Mike Pence.

"I have not heard any discussion about any of the Kernan-Shepard recommendations that might be bubbling up in the way of legislation this time around," said state Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso. The Legislature convenes Jan. 6 for a four-month session.

Charbonneau said while he believes the 27 reform recommendations made by former Gov. Joe Kernan, a Democrat, and then-Chief Justice Randall Shepard, a Republican, are good ideas, he admitted they aren't easy to pass -- in part because a lot of state lawmakers got their starts in local government posts proposed to be eliminated.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 29, 2014 09:33 AM
Posted to Indiana Government