It is a self-evident principle of our nation’s founding that a government closest to the people serves the people best. This is because local government is more in-tune with the needs and interests of its citizens. More important, it is also easier for voters to hold their local government accountable. That is why I voted against recent efforts in the House to remove township boards as a governing body. House Bill 1650 proposes the dissolution of township boards, transferring board responsibilities to the township trustee, an appointed official. It also gives financial decisions to the county fiscal body.
In the House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, I am one of nine Republicans, and the only one who voted against this bill. I believe this bill is flawed because townships are an essential part of how our government works to represent our communities. I was against abolishing township governments last year, and my feelings did not change.
I am glad to say that once the bill reached a final vote, many in the Republican caucus agreed with my argument and voted against this bill. The proposal was defeated with a vote of 18-75. Thankfully, township government in Indiana is safe again for at least another year.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me on this or any other issue that concerns you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Milford) represents House District 22, which
includes portions of Kosciusko and Elkhart counties.
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