Posted May 16, 2013
Press Release – Council Minority Leader Michael McQuillen
Posted April 22, 2013
Council Minority Leader Mike McQuillen and GOP Caucus Members Call
On Council President Maggie Lewis to Stop Cancelling Committee Meetings
Practice of refusing to do the peoples work must stop
INDIANAPOLIS, April 22, 2013 — Council Minority Leader Mike McQuillen along with several Republican City-County Councillors are calling on Democrat Council members, including Council President Maggie Lewis, to stop cancelling necessary committee meetings and refusing to act on the duties they were elected to perform. Since the Democrats took the majority on the City-County Council important committee meetings have been rescheduled and cancelled at an alarming rate. The Democrat Council Caucus’ repeatedly cancelling committee meetings leaves board appointments unapproved and proposals unheard.
“This policy of ignoring responsibility and Council inactivity cannot continue. We as elected officials have a responsibility to our constituents to show up to work and carry out the business of the City,” said McQuillen, District 12 representing parts of the Northeast side said.
So far in 2013 four Parks and Recreation Committee meetings have been cancelled with only one being held. The Parks and Recreation Committee meeting scheduled for April 25 was cancelled Wednesday night. Two Public Works Committee meetings have been cancelled with only meeting being held. Councillor Marilyn Pfisterer said, “By canceling multiple committee meetings over the last several months, the Democrat Caucus is shutting the public out of decision making that benefits them and is impeding progress for us all.”
Janice McHenry, representing Wayne Township in District 6, added, “I ran for this office to make a difference in the City, I wanted to work and help our city to grow and become a better place for us to live, work and play. When Committees don’t meet, we don’t get our work done; we aren’t allowed to make the improvements needed.”
“The Democrats need to get their act together and carry out the people’s business without delay,” McQuillen said. Republicans are urging citizens to call the Council office at (317) 327-4242 to voice concerns.
List of cancelled meetings in 2013 listed below.
Parks and Recreation Committee – Scheduled for April 25 Cancelled April 18
Public Works Committee – Scheduled for April 11 Cancelled April 5
Municipal Corporations Committee – Scheduled for April 10 Cancelled April 4
Parks and Recreation Committee – Scheduled for March 28 Cancelled March 21
Public Works Committee – Scheduled for March 21 Cancelled March 14
Municipal Corporations Committee – Scheduled for March 13 Cancelled March 7
Rules and Public Policy Committee – Scheduled for March 12 Cancelled March 6
Parks and Recreation Committee – Scheduled for March 7 Cancelled February 28
Municipal Corporations Committee – Scheduled for February 20 Cancelled February 14
Parks and Recreation Committee – Scheduled for February 7 Cancelled February 1
Rules and Public Policy Committee – Scheduled for January 29 Cancelled January 24
Public Works Committee – Scheduled for January 24 Cancelled January 22
Municipal Corporations Committee – Scheduled for January 23 Cancelled January 18