The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Politics

February 4, 2014

Senate passes mass transit bill

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate voted to pass a mass transit bill allowing Marion County and surrounding counties to pursue mass transportation programs if they chose to do so.

Madison County is one of the counties that could choose to make its own transportation system, but it will be up to the county's Council of Government and voters.

Sen. Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, authored Senate Bill 176 with the goal of improving Indianapolis' transportation routes as No. 1 priority. The bill passed 28-20.

"I think our mass transit is woefully inadequate for being the capital city of Indiana," Miller said. "We have bad routes and we don't have the high-quality new type of buses that are available."

She said she thinks the city's bad transportation underserves not only the residents of the Indianapolis area but also visitors to the city. She said countless other cities the same size as Indianapolis have much better transit systems.

"I think we need to improve and I think we should improve it," Miller said.

The bill now moves to the Indiana House where Miller said she is hopeful it will pass.

Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, signed on to the bill as one of the co-authors because of the impact it could have on Madison County. Although he said he supports most of the provisions in the bill and likes the concept, he voted against the bill Tuesday.

"I still support this bill in concept," Lanane said. "But there are still some things we need to work on."

Lanane supports the idea of communities being able to build rail or light rail tracks as part of a transit system if voters are in favor. While in committee, an amendment was added to specifically forbid light rail as an option.

"There were some people who thought the rails would be too expensive," Lanane said. "But I thought we should leave them as an option since it's ultimately up to the voters to decide what they want."

Text Only
Local Politics
  • NWS - HB0424 - Linda Smith election mug Serving customers important to both recorder candidates Two Republicans are vying in the May 6 primary for their party's nomination for Madison County recorder and both say this race is all about customer service.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Rep Eric Turner, R-Cicero Turner denies wrongdoing in ethics investigation State Rep. Eric Turner, through written responses, denied breaking any House rules in regard to an Ethics Committee investigation.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Democratic congressional candidates discuss issues

    The three candidates hoping to become the first Democrat to represent portions of central Indiana in more than 25 years met Wednesday in the only planned debate of the primary campaign.

    April 23, 2014

  • NWS - HB0423 - Primary Treasurer Dem - Tamie Dixon-Tatum Treasurer candidates want partnerships

    Democrats Kathy Mougeotte and Tamie Dixon-Tatum explain how they were inspired to run for a political office. They are opponents seeking their party's nomination for treasurer in the May 6 primary.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • NWS-HB0423-Primary Election Treasurer Rep-Micah Mitchell Incumbent challenged by first-time candidate

    Kelly Gaskill says she's made numerous improvements in the operation of the Madison County treasurer's office since taking the helm in 2011. But her Republican challenger in the May 6 primary, Micah Mitchell, doesn't shy away from criticizing how Gaskill has run the office.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Huckabee, Priebus headlining Ind. GOP convention

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and National Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus are headlining the Indiana Republican Party's 2014 convention in June.

    April 22, 2014

  • NWS - HB0422 - Commissioners Race-Smith, John First-time candidate Smith challenges Owens Steffanie Owens is seeking the Republican Party nomination for a second term as Madison County commissioner against John Smith who is seeking his first political office.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bell leads in sheriff campaign spending

    Going into the final month of the primary election campaign, Scott Mellinger, one of three Democrats seeking the party nomination for sheriff, has the most cash on hand.

    April 22, 2014

  • GOP endorses several primary candidates For the first time in nearly four decades the Madison County Republican Party has endorsed candidates in the May 6 primary.

    April 21, 2014

  • Turner case tests bounds of 'citizen legislature'

    When a legislative ethics panel meets this week to review the case of House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner, members could have trouble finding clear-cut answers, in large part because of the Indiana General Assembly's status as a "citizen legislature."

    April 20, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide