Legislation increasing government efficiency passes House

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, February 5, 2015 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored House Bill (HB) 1350 which would increase government efficiency by providing the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) greater flexibility to manage their day-to-day operations. The bill passed unanimously out of the Indiana House of Representatives on Thursday.

“Creating a more efficient environmental management department is beneficial to all Hoosiers,” said Rep. Wolkins. “By providing IDEM with more control, streamlining the code and removing burdensome regulations, we are helping them operate more efficiently and increasing their ability to communicate with businesses and Hoosiers alike.”

HB 1350 streamlines certain provisions in the Indiana Code and provides IDEM with more flexibility to manage their daily operations. The bill would allow IDEM to request electronic communication, as opposed to mail, which could result in cost savings. Furthermore, companies who would otherwise be responsible for rebuilding a wetland after damage, either due to construction or pollution, could instead pay a fee to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This will allow the agency to better take care of the revitalization of wetlands.

“Overall, this bill would strengthen IDEM’s operations and could result in saved time and money that can be allocated elsewhere,” said Rep. Wolkins.

The bill will now go to the Senate for further discussion and debate. From more information about HB 1350, please visit iga.in.gov.

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Rep. Wolkins represents portions of Grant, Kosciusko, Miami and Wabash counties. He serves as Chairman of the Environmental Affairs Committee and Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Government Reduction. He also serves on the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.