HEA 1383 will reduce the number of wetlands that are protected in Indiana by changing the definition of the Class III wetlands, the most protected class. This legislation is authored by Rep. Alan Morrison (R- Brazil) and co-authored by Rep. Doug Miller (R- Elkhart), Rep. Timothy Wesco (R- Osceola), and Rep. J.D. Prescott (R- Union City). Indiana cannot afford to deregulate wetlands further in this fashion. In 2021, the Indiana General Assembly added many new exemptions to the wetland law. The result was that 75% of the wetland acres destroyed by construction since 2021 have been lost without any mitigation to replace their functions.

Representative Errington offered an alternative to HEA 1383 that would restore some wetland protection while also making the wetland permitting process faster, easier and more consistent, but the House Environmental Affairs Committee did not adopt it. On Jan. 17, they passed HEA 1383 along a party-line vote. There is positive wetlands legislation moving as well this legislative session – check out SB 246!

Final Update (as of 2/13):

Despite bipartisan opposition, HEA 1383 has been signed by the Governor. This is the first bill in the 2024 Session to both reach the Governor’s desk and to be signed. Thank you to everyone who spoke up and made your voice heard for wetlands! The fight is not over – there is positive wetlands legislation still moving this Session, and it needs our support! Check out SB 246.

Take Action:

Please contact your state legislators and share your thoughts on how they voted on HEA 1383.

HEA 1383 House Vote Sheet (1/23/24), HEA 1383 Senate Vote Sheet (2/6/24)