Indianapolis — An Indiana House panel has approved a bill that calls for central Indiana public referendums intended to help fund mass transit projects.
The House Ways and Means committee voted 20-2 Wednesday for the bill, which now moves to the full House. The legislation would let voters in Marion and Hamilton counties decide through a referendum whether to raise local income taxes 0.3 percent to fund their local share of a proposed $1.3 billion mass transit plan.
Wednesday's vote came after hundreds of people rallied at the Statehouse in support of that plan, which would get about half its funding from the federal government.
Supporters of the plan have proposed projects that include building a light commuter rail line and doubling bus service in the Indianapolis area.