General Assembly Articles

Toledo Mayor goes after Farm Bureau, Ohio General Assembly at algae conference

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2018/05/02/Kapszukiewicz-goes-after-Farm-Bureau-and-legislature-at-algae-conference.html

Legislative Update

Neither Senate and House bills calling for better regulation of CAFOs were given committee hearings and are dead for this session of the General Assembly.  SB 316 (authored by Sen. Stoops) and HB 1369 (authored by Rep. Errington, co-authored by Rep. Thomas Saunders) would have provided better protection for the communities where CAFOs operate.

Legislative Update - SB 316 and HB 1369

SB 316 - Regulation of Confined Feeding Operations.  Amends the law on confined feeding operations.  Provides that a person may not start construction or operation of a CFO without obtaining a permit from the department of environmental management (IDEM) and may not modify a CFO without obtaining a permit modification from IDEM. ...  Requires the commissioner of IDEM (commissioner) to deny an application for a permit or permit modification if the proposed activity would substantially endanger public health or the environment ...  

For more information :

https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/bills/senate/316#digest-heading

 Authored by Sen. Mark Stoops.  Assigned to Agriculture Committee, Sen. Jean Leising, Chair.  No committee hearing scheduled as of 1/17/2018.

HB 1369 - Regulation of Confined Feeding Operations.  Amends the law on confined feeding operations. Provides that a person may not start construction or operation of a CFO without obtaining a permit from the department of environmental management (IDEM) and may not modify a CFO without obtaining a permit modification from IDEM. ...  Requires the environmental rules board to adopt rules establishing new requirements for new CFOs and for existing or expanding CFOs, including the requirement to maintain at least one mile in distance between a CFO's structures and the boundary of any property on which an existing residence is located and the requirement to meet an odor standard. ...

For more information see:

https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/bills/house/1369

Authored by Rep. Sue Errington.  Assigned to Environmental Affairs Committe, Rep. David Wolkins, Chair.  No committee hearing scheduled as of 1/17/2018.

Both SB 316 and HB 1369 would provide improved regulation of CAFOs.  Ask your Senator and Representative to support SB 316 and HB 1369, especially if they are on either the Senate Agriculture Committee or House Environmental Affairs Committee.

At Indiana statehouse, environmental concerns can't get a hearing

https://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2018/01/25/tully-statehouse-environmental-concerns-cant-get-hearing/1061458001/

“The bottom line,” House Environmental Affairs Chairman David Wolkins, R-Warsaw, said during a phone call on Tuesday, “is that I am not going to give (HB 1369) the (factory farm) bill a hearing."

Legislative Session Update - HB 1221

HB 1221 - Zoning variance procedures. Eliminates a requirement that a board of zoning appeals (board) must provide notice by publication before a hearing on an administrative appeal, exception, use, or variance. Prohibits a board from requiring a party by rule or ordinance to: (1) provide notice by publication; or (2) assume the cost of notice by publication and due notice to interested parties.  Author - Rep. Sean Eberhart.  Assigned to Local Government Committee, Rep. Dennis Zent, Chair.  No committee hearing scheduled as of 1/17/2018.

https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/bills/house/1221

HB 1221 would make it more difficult for local residents to be aware of BZA hearings involving CAFOs proposed for local communities.  Ask your Representative to oppose HB 1221, especially if they are on the Local Government Committee.