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House OKs bill on township government referendums

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A bill has cleared the Indiana House that would allow voters to decide this year whether to eliminate their township trustees and boards.

The House voted 54-44 Thursday for the bill, which now moves to the Senate for consideration. The proposal would allow voters to decide in November whether their township governments should be eliminated and their duties transferred to the county level.

Indiana has more than 1,000 township governments that are primarily in charge of fire protection and providing emergency relief to the poor.

Critics say township government is antiquated and expensive, while supporters say it's the form of government closest to the people.

Another bill being considered by the Senate would eliminate township boards.

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