Governor Pence still undecided on 'power grab'

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The governor still hasn't decided if he will sign the bill that Marion County Democrats labeled as a Republican power grab. 

The bill to give the Mayor more budget authority and to eliminate the 4 at-large seats on the City County Council, seats currently held by Democrats, is still being examined by the GOP governor and his aides. 

It must be acted upon by Saturday.

Mike Pence held another public bill signing Thursday afternoon, this one dealing with a bill to expand the school voucher system, and afterward he talked about the Marion County government bill. 

Pence says that he is taking to people on all sides the matter, though he wouldn't identify who they are.

"So we've been taking our time to listen carefully," he said, "to study the legislation, to consider the long history of Uni-Gov and ultimately we'll base our decision on what we believe is the right thing to do, the right thing for Indianapolis and the right thing for Indiana."

The governor did say that he is not talking to political party leaders. Mike Pence is also, at least publicly, undecided on the bill to give state assistance to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He must act on it by Saturday as well.

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