Bill passes

Dateline: Wed 20 Mar 2013

From Indy Connect NOW, which has contracted with Bose Public Affairs to get the word out:

 

Senate Local Government Committee Approves Mass Transit Bill

Legislation for Transit Funding Referendum Passes on Bipartisan Support

 

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate Local Government Committee voted 7-2 today in favor of House Bill 1011, signaling the first victory in the Senate for mass transit legislation. The bill would give local communities the tools needed to create better mass transit options in central Indiana if approved by the voters.

 

“This is an important first step towards approval by the entire Senate, so we’re grateful for the leadership of the Local Government Committee and its chairman, Senator Randy Head,” said Ron Gifford, executive director of Indy Connect Now. “With this bipartisan vote today, we’re one step closer to giving local residents the opportunity to vote on funding of a transit system that fits the needs of working Hoosiers.”

 

HB1011 was filed by Representative Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) and co-authored by several Democrat and Republican legislators from Marion and Hamilton counties. The bill passed the full House earlier this session by a vote of 56-39. 

 

The bill would give local communities the flexibility to dedicate new local funds to support a transit system, if first approved by local voters at a public referendum. 

 

In a recent letter, Mayor Andy Cook of Westfield urged the public and state lawmakers to get behind the initiative, citing the support of 18 Central Indiana cities and towns that have called for expanding transit options.

 

“We joined together to support the mass transit plan because we understand that our economic future depends on the growth of high-quality transportation options for local residents. Better mass transit will help our region attract the young professionals and new jobs that are the future of Central Indiana,” wrote Mayor Cook who also chairs the Central Indiana Council of Elected Officials.

 

Supporters of expanded mass transit are encouraged to visit the Indy Connect Now website, indyconnectnow.com, and sign a petition that will be shared with state lawmakers. In addition, businesses and organizations can use the website to download a form to adopt and submit resolutions of their own in support of mass transit. 

 

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Indy Connect Now is a coalition of elected officials, community leaders, businesses, civic organizations, neighborhood associations, disability advocates, schools and citizens who support a robust mass transit system in central Indiana. Indy Connect Now urges the Indiana General Assembly to authorize a referendum in November 2014 that allows voters the choice of how best to fund mass transit in their community. For more information, go to www.indyconnectnow.com and follow the issue on Facebook and Twitter @IndyConnectNow.

 

Comments

Gene Poole [unverified] said:

Subsidized or tax expanded travel would be more like Indy Corrupt.

2013-03-20 17:46:49

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