General Assembly Articles

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.

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.

Indiana The Legislative Session is starting Jan 3rd.

 
 
 
 
Resolutions that are posted.  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/resolutions/   Please note there is a Resolution on Time Zones
 
Legislative Bills-There are not any House Bills posted at this time.  Link to Senate Bills is http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/bills   There are very few posted. Senate Bill 105 could be of interest. Has not been scheduled for a Hearing.

Legislative Session News.

Senate Bill 105 will be heard in the Agriculture Committee on Monday.  I have not received any information as to the impacts of this authored bill. You can watch the Committee Hearing @ 10 am on Monday Jan 8th.
 
 
 
 
 
We have been reading the House Bills and as of this writing, we did not see any of concern. Of course, that could change quickly.
 
There is a very good bill authored by Senator Stoops.  It is Senate Bill 316. https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/bills/senate/316#digest-heading   This bill has not been scheduled for a Hearing. It is referred to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. If you wish to encourage Senator Leising to hear the bill in committee, her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Senator Glick is the

2018 Session of the Indiana General Assembly will start on January 3

Mark your calendars. Jan 3, 2018 will start the Legislative Session.  Please visit http://iga.in.gov   for more information as we are closer to the date.