2013 Indiana General Assembly

Governor yet to act on two Lake County bills

2013-05-09T19:00:00Z 2013-05-10T11:12:04Z Governor yet to act on two Lake County billsDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has just two more days to decide the fate of two measures that could change Lake County forever.

The first-year Republican has yet to sign or veto Senate Bill 585, lifting the Lake County property tax levy freeze and providing for region economic development projects, and House Bill 1585, capping Calumet Township poor relief spending and creating a route for Griffith to leave the township.

The Indiana Constitution gives the governor seven days to act on legislation after he receives it from the General Assembly.

Saturday is the deadline for these two proposals.

Pence said both are under "active consideration," but noted that one of them is "somewhat controversial" and therefore getting extra scrutiny.

He did not say which.

If Pence vetoes either measure, the Republican-controlled General Assembly can override that decision by a simple majority vote in each chamber during the 2014 legislative session.

Thawing the Lake County levy freeze was approved 50-0 by the Senate and 97-0 in the House. The Calumet Township-Griffith proposal passed the House 62-26 and the Senate 36-12.

Pence also can refuse to sign or veto, in which case a measure becomes law automatically after the seven-day period for the governor to act.

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