Indiana State Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, (right) speaks with Sen. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, during a press conference announcing Indiana Senate Bill 304, a four-step process proposed for the removal of wayward township trustees, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Lafayette. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
Indiana State Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, (right) speaks with Sen. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, during a press conference announcing Indiana Senate Bill 304, a four-step process proposed for the removal of wayward township trustees, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Lafayette. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
LAFAYETTE — Of Indiana's 1,000 townships, two in Tippecanoe County motivated state Sens. Rick Niemeyer and Ron Alting to file legislation to remove rogue trustees.

Niemeyer said Senate Bill 304 proposes a procedure to remove wayward trustees, much like a bill adopted last year that removes county officials who fail to do their jobs.

“A township board must draft an ordinance eliminating the township trustee or bringing around the investigation of doing that," he said Thursday during a news conference in Lafayette. 

“They submit that to the county commissioners. The county commissioners act on that ordinance, and then it goes to the county council. They must look at it, also.

“If they decide removal is something they want to look at go forward with, then it goes the court system," Niemeyer said, noting that the judge then would decide if the resolutions to remove a particular trustee had merit.

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