MPs are deadlocked on what changes should be made to legislation to radically revamp the way local councils are run.
The Local Government Amendment Bill aims to control council spending by limiting councils to funding core services only.
The select committee considering the legislation has been unable to agree that it be passed.
Local Government Minister David Carter says that's nothing to worry about because he has the numbers to ultimately ensure the bill succeeds.
Mr Carter says the committee hasn't responsibly considered the bill and he is now working on amendments of his own.
Opposition parties remain strongly opposed to the bill, saying it is rushed and anti-democratic.