The Herald Bulletin

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Local Politics

March 13, 2014

House OKs mass transit bill

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday evening allowing a mass transit system for central Indiana to go before voters. The House voted 66-34 to send the measure to the Senate late Thursday.

If approved by the Senate and receiving the governor's signature, the bill would name Madison County as one of six counties that would have the ability to vote for a mass transit system if the Madison County Council of Governments approves a referendum this summer. Voters will then be able to decide if they want a transit system and how much of a tax increase they would be willing to pay.

They will not have the option of choosing a light rail system as lawmakers scratched that option out in the final version of the bill Wednesday. Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, was in favor of having light rail as on option. He said it made sense to let the people choose for themselves what they were willing to pay.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.

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