Ellington’s timber fee reduction bill passes the House

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, February 13, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2017) — State Rep. Jeff Ellington’s (R-Bloomington) bill to reduce government regulation on forestry management passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives today.

House Bill 1089 would prohibit a local unit of government from regulating the sale or removal of timber from private property, while abiding by best management practices and erosion control measures.

“Timber is our agricultural division’s top export,” Ellington said. “Unfortunately, some local governments want to restrict a private property owner’s ability to sell timber by charging exorbitant fees. Some people see this as an economic development issue, but it is also a matter of property rights.”

The bill would also address road and bonding issues that will protect community roads.

The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about this legislation.

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Rep. Jeff Ellington represents House District 62, which includes

portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.

 

A high-resolution photo of Ellington can be downloaded by clicking here.