STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2018) — The House of Representatives today voted in support of State Rep. Jeff Ellington’s (R-Bloomington) bill that would strengthen private property rights.
The proposal would protect a property owners’ rights to harvest natural resources such as aggregate, coal and limestone while abiding by all local regulations.
“For me, this bill is about jobs,” Ellington said. “Not only jobs for those in our community, but jobs across the state of Indiana. If private property owners know that the fees are affordable they may be more apt to harvest the natural resources on their land. This would put more people to work.”
Ellington said the proposal streamlines private transactions between land owners and businesses, and it also creates a fair playing field throughout the state.
Under current law, Ellington said local units of government can apply burdensome fees and regulations to discourage the harvest of natural resources on private property in their communities. The proposal would prohibit a local unit of government from charging fees that exceed what is being charged for new commercial construction.
Ellington’s bill is supported by Ducks Unlimited, Indiana Builders Association, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners, Indiana Hardwood Lumber Association, Indiana Manufactures Association and Ruffed Grouse Society.
Rep. Jeff Ellington represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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