The Indiana general assembly has postponed two votes, that could have a major impact on local government. One would decide if voters have a say on their county coroner and the other could eliminate township assessors. They are usually one of the first on the scene of any homicide. The County Coroner has an important role, determining the cause of death. But how many people really know who they are. Each county coroner, though, is elected by the people. But the Indiana legislator may pass an amendment to the state constitution, making it an appointed position. Coroner Don Erk says it puts too much power in the hands of political parties and those appointing the position, be it a Mayor or administrator. He also thinks its a push to get forensic pathologists or doctors in the position. Also still in question is senate bill 16. Which would get rid of township assessors transferring their responsibilities to the county. Both votes have been postponed one in the full senate the other in a senate committee. But as far as the coroner position, at least one political science expert isnt sure the idea of appointing will go very far. The amendment has to be approved by two consecutive general assemblies and put on the ballot for voters to O.K. it. The general assembly plans to vote on the two issues later in the session.