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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Carmel delays action on anti-discrimination ordinance"

Updating this ILB post from Sept. 18th, the Indianapolis Star (Chris Sikich, Stephanie Wang and Chelsea Schneider) reports this morning:

Concerned that an anti-discrimination ordinance needed more work, the Carmel City Council delayed action for at least two more weeks.

Council President Rick Sharp tried to discuss and vote on the ordinance Monday but was blocked by several council members who are concerned about its legal wording.

Social conservatives raised those concerns at a committee meeting Thursday.

“I think there really needs to be work on this,” Councilwoman Luci Snyder said. “When you make a law, you have to make sure the words are what we want them to be.” * * *

Sharp and council members Sue Finkam and Ron Carter had been pushing for a vote on the ordinance Monday. Sharp tried to use a procedural move as the council president to lift it out of Snyder’s committee, where it had stalled. However, Snyder, Carol Schleif, Eric Seidensticker and Kevin Rider overruled his decision.

Sharp said the committee should have made more progress on the ordinance in the past month.

He said he hoped Snyder would work with the mayor and his staff to address any concerns she had in the next two weeks. He said he would be disappointed if council members still had questions in two weeks.

Regardless of whether they pass it out of committee, Sharp said, he can and will raise it for debate in front of the full council Oct. 5.

“This is too important of business to leave stranded in a committee,” Sharp said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 22, 2015 08:46 AM
Posted to Indiana Government