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DIGEST OF SB584 (Updated February 26, 2001 2:39 pm - DI kc)
Establishes the northwestern Indiana council of governments for the area consisting of Lake County, Porter County, and LaPorte County. Provides that the council consists of one person appointed by the executive of each municipality in a participating county, one person appointed by the executive of each participating county, and one person appointed by the governor. Provides that the vote of each member of the council is weighted according to the population of the area represented by the member. Sets forth provisions governing the meetings and operation of the council and the election of the council's officers. Provides for the election of an executive board and the appointment of an executive director for the council. Specifies the powers of the council. Provides that the council shall prepare and adopt an annual budget for its operation, which shall be apportioned to each participating county on a pro rata per capita basis. Provides that any amount of the adopted budget that exceeds an amount equal to $0.70 per capita for each participating county is subject to review by the county fiscal body in the usual manner of budget review. Repeals the law governing a regional plan commission in Lake County, Porter County, and LaPorte County, and provides that the regional plan commission shall on July 1, 2001, become the northwestern Indiana council of governments.