The reference in the story (and the accompanying headline) contain the nonsensical suggestion that the proposed committee amendment to Senate Bill 526 would cut the Republican majority on the council from 15-13 to 13-12. Obviously the move would not apply retroactively to those at large councilors already elected and who are in their fourth year of service. But it almost certainly would apply to those who hope to be elected in 2011.
A House committee should vote either Thursday or next week on eliminating the four at-large council members. Those councillors usually ride into office on the coattails of the mayor, although only two of the four incumbents are Republicans. Minority Leader Joanne Sanders withstood the GOP tide which carried Republican Greg Ballard into office four years ago, while Ed Coleman switched to the Libertarian Party after being elected as a Republican.
Representative Phil Hinkle
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Legislative Committee To Consider Eliminating Indianapolis Council At-Large Districts
I actually predicted this, though I was surprised that there was no stand-alone bill introduced on the subject. WIBC is reporting that a an amendment is going to be offered by Rep. Phil Hinkle of Indianapolis to eliminate the four at-large districts on the Indianapolis City-County Council: