Thursday, April 04, 2013
Pence Taking A Hard Look At Ballard's Power Grab Legislation
Gov. Mike Pence sat down for an interview with radio talk show host Amos Brown where he discussed a number of issues before the legislature this session, including legislation sponsored by Sen. Mike Young that is designed to strip the City-County Council of power in order to give near-dictatorial powers to the Indianapolis mayor's office. Gov. Pence told Brown that he and his wife have been inviting members of the General Assembly in small groups to join them at the governor's residence to spend social time together and discuss issues in a relaxed, non-confrontational environment. One of those social gatherings included members of the black caucus where Gov. Pence said that some members expressed their concerns about the power grab effort by Ballard contained in SB 621. Pence told Brown that he has taken no position on the bill publicly or privately. He said he was "studying the bill" and following it closely, describing it as "a work in progress." He said that he will "take a hard look" at the bill before making any final decision. Listen to Brown's full interview with Gov. Pence here.