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Walker's Bill on Referendum Rules Clears Senate

Sen. Greg Walker says voters need help to understand referendum questions. / Photo: WCSI File
Sen. Greg Walker says voters need help to understand referendum questions. / Photo: WCSI File

State Sen. Greg Walker's legislation to increase transparency in the public referendum process passed the Senate Tuesday by a vote of 49-0.

The Columbus Republican is championing Senate Bill 207, which changes the referendum language school corporations use to include a description and purpose of the increase in property taxes. Under current law, the question on the ballot doesn't have to include the purpose of the referendum.

Walker noted that during the general election last November, the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation conducted a public referendum to increase spending for pre-kindergarten programs. Walker says many residents were hesitant to cast a vote because they did not understand why the spending increase was needed or how it would be used.

Senate Bill 207 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:37:25 PM


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