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March 3, 2014

Mass transit bill heads to Senate

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House voted 52-47 Monday to pass a bill that could allow voters in central Indiana counties, including Madison County, to hold a referendum on funding mass transit. The bill now goes to the Senate.

The bill would not raise taxes but allow elected officials to use current local option income tax revenues in funding mass transit projects, said state Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel.

The bill that passed the full House on Monday includes a controversial proposal for voters to consider if light rail would be funded through local option income taxes.

Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, urged the House to vote in support of the bill so it could go to a Senate conference committee. “What this bill does is allow for discussion what the next generation expects,” he said.

— The Herald Bulletin

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