At tonight's meeting of the Indianapolis City-County Council, the first of 2015, we took up two votes of note. Proposal 228 and Proposal 413. The full agenda is available here.
Mayor Ballard had vetoed both of these proposals before leaving office, and the Council's votes tonight decided whether we could override those vetoes.
Here is how I voted on both issues:
Prop 228: Reporting of Lost or Stolen Firearms - No
I agree with the spirit of this proposal and believe that we as a city should be empowered to take actions that address gun violence and the prevalence of illegal guns on our streets. However, the state preemption law - which irresponsibly takes authority from local government - impacts our ability to do this and leaves the city susceptible to costly lawsuits. This is a fight we must take to the Statehouse so that proposals like this can be debated and enacted in the future.
Proposal 413: Pay Increase for the City Council - No
There is no doubt that members of the Indianapolis City Council are not compensated at a rate consistent with the time commitment they make and the work they do, especially when we evaulate compensation for smaller cities throughout the state. However, this is not the right time to take up this proposal. We should introduce a bipartisan plan during budget proceedings, allow the public to fully vet the ideas, and ensure we are moving forward with a plan of action that best serves taxpayers.
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.