Democrats call for 'power grab' veto

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Marion County Democrats are seeking a veto of the bill that would eliminate four members of the City-County Council.

Seventeen Democratic elected officials from Marion County gathered just outside the governor's office to encourage Gov. Mike Pence to veto the bill that they believe is a power grab being carried out by the GOP super majorities in the General Assembly.  They are led by Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, who also hand-delivered a letter to the governor and requested a private meeting.

They say the proposed changes in Marion County government amount to bad policy decisions that should be fought to the very end.

"It is unprecedented," said Councilor Zach Adamson, "that some members of this General Assembly voted to benefit one political party over another."

"And if this legislature is to consider this sort of dramatic effect on Marion County government," said Curry, "let's wait until next session when we can have a discussion over the course of the next year as to why this is appropriate."

The governor on Monday indicated that he is considering a veto of the bill in question.  His chief of staff, Bill Smith, says that Pence has been asked to be fully briefed on the issues behind it.

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