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Residences in Floodways

Posted by: HEC
Posted: February 3, 2020
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Update February 2020 SB 433 would have prohibited the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, under certain conditions, from having the authority to remove a residence from a floodway. Keeping such buildings in a floodway could be very hazardous to both public […]

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Environmental Enforcement Deterrence Bill

Posted by: HEC
Posted: January 29, 2020
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Update February 2020 SB 199 would allow a court to award attorney’s fees to the opposing party in a civil action filed by a governmental body if the court finds that the government’s case was frivolous or groundless. […]

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Stormwater Pollution Bill

Posted by: HEC
Posted: January 22, 2020
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SB 46 started out as an exemption for churches and schools from stormwater fees, even though their roofs and parking lots contribute to stormwater problems. The bill has been changed to a summer study bill. To learn about […]

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Coal Bill

Posted by: HEC
Posted: January 19, 2020
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Despite an outpouring of opposition, HB 1414 passed out of the Indiana General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Holcomb. Final Roll Call Votes: House, Senate – please contact your lawmakers and express your disappointment for […]

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Public Transit

Posted by: HEC
Posted: January 10, 2020
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HEC supports giving local governments additional options for funding their public transit systems. In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly provided new funding options for central Indiana. In response, Indianapolis-Marion County voters approved a modest new transit tax that […]

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Securing a Renewable Energy Future

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Rooftop solar suffered a serious setback in Indiana with the enactment of SEA 309 during the 2017 legislative session; this law made Indiana the first state in the nation to legislatively phase out “net metering,” the principal incentive […]

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Reducing the Risk of Lead Poisoning in Kids

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Lead can get into drinking water as the water passes through pipes or fixtures that contain lead. Lead is toxic to the nervous system, especially for young children. A bill in 2021 will require day care centers to […]

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Defending Local Government Oversight of Damaging Activities on Private Land

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Counties, cities and towns have authority to regulate land use in their jurisdiction, including mining and logging activities that occur on private lands. In the last two legislative sessions, a bill has been filed to eliminate this local […]

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Protecting Public Access to the Lake Michigan Shoreline

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Update February 2020 In 2018, the Indiana Supreme Court upheld the public trust doctrine that protects the Lake Michigan beach and shoreline — up to the ordinary high water mark — as publicly owned land and open to […]

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Anti-Wetlands Bill

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Despite an outpouring of calls to veto SB 229, Governor Holcomb signed the bill into law on March 25, 2020.  Final Roll Call Votes: Senate, House – please contact your lawmakers and express your disappointment for those who […]

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Preserving Wilderness Areas

Posted by: HEC
Posted: March 22, 2019
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HEC supports efforts to safeguard our existing publicly-owned state forestland, which is less than one percent of Indiana’s total land area and only 3 percent of Indiana’s total forest area. The state has substantially increased the logging of […]

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Enacting Redistricting Reform

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Posted: January 23, 2019
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SB 293 enables citizens to have access to the data and map-making software that lawmakers have via a dedicated website; this allows citizens to propose maps to their lawmakers (i.e., citizens-drawn maps). The bill also sets up public […]

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