A Senate panel is moving forward with taking the Indianapolis Police Department away from the city, but it will be in the form of a summer study committee.  

The committee voted 7-2 to create a special board that would run IMPD.

The committee turned down a proposal that would have given the Chief more authority over the department.

Critics of the measure stated that it was taking control away from the citizens of Indianapolis and putting it on an unelected board.

Bill sponsor Jack Sandlin, the bill’s sponsor, said something needed to be done for the people of Indianapolis, and a solution needed to be found.

The bill was assigned to a summer study committee because it would not be heard in Appropriations since there was a fiscal impact attached.

Senate Committee on Corrections Chairman Mike Young said the study committee will give lawmakers more time to review the issue and come back with recommendations.