Talley Schedules Special Meeting for Vote on Police Consolidation and Human Rights Proposals
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Talley Schedules Special Meeting for Vote on Police Consolidation and Human Rights Proposals

Indianapolis - Council President Steve Talley has called a special Council meeting to consider two proposals. The meeting will take place on Monday, December 19, 2005 at 7 p.m. in the Public Assembly Room of the City County Building. Proposal Nos. 627 and 622 will be on the agenda.

Proposal 627 will consolidate the law enforcement division of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department with the Indianapolis Police Department. Under the new Metropolitan Law Enforcement Agency the Sheriff will continue to exercise his constitutional duties and will direct the day-to-day operations of the new agency that will consist of approximately 1,600 officers.

If passed, work to consolidate the two police agencies will begin on January 1, 2006 when the transition authority, transition advisory committee and the transition advisory steering committees are formed.

President Talley said, "The proposal will allow us to complete the consolidation of local government that was started over 35 years ago with UniGov."

The Indianapolis Law Enforcement Consolidation Committee will meet tonight, December 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 260 of the City County Building to take public testimony, discuss and vote on the proposal.

Proposal 622 is the Human Rights Ordinance (HRO). If passed the proposal will bring the City and County into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, expand civil rights protection to all United States veterans and provide protection in housing and employment without regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Additionally, the proposal restates the higher goals set for MBEs and WEBs. The proposal does not apply to not-for-profits, charitable or religious institutions, and social clubs that are not open to the general public. The Human Rights Ordinance was passed out of the Rules and Public Policy Committee by a 5-3 vote on December 13, 2005.

President Talley said, "Discrimination in any form is harmful to the continued growth and vitality of any modern community. Indianapolis is a dynamic and vital community that attracts people and businesses because of its unique location and nurturing environment. It is a great place to live and raise a family and such comfort should be enjoyed by all who call our city home."

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