HB 1337 would prohibit local governments from using their zoning and planning authority to ban or regulate factory farms and logging operations from being built or taking place too near municipal boundaries. This is a bad idea. Indiana’s counties, cities and towns must be able to protect their citizens, drinking water sources, and recreational areas from encroachment by intensive and polluting land uses.
This harmful language originated in HB 1573, but was added to HB 1337 in a House committee, with no notice to the public.  The bill passed the House on February 22nd.
Good news!  In committee action, the Senate Local Government committee deleted the harmful forestry and agriculture language that the House had added to the bill.  Due to concerns about the underlying bill language expressed by other parties, the bill was never approved by the Local Government committee and died.