[r18] Rep. Wolkins' Bill Works to Improve Air Quality in Schools and State Agencies (5/15/2009)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Start Date: 5/15/2009 All Day
End Date: 5/15/2009
Hoosier students, teachers and staff should have cleaner air in their schools under a bill co-authored by Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) and signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels. House Enrolled Act 1097 requires the state health department to adopt rules addressing indoor and outdoor air quality in schools and state agency facilities. "This law will protect people from harmful air pollutants in public buildings," said Rep. Wolkins. "Many state facilities are older buildings that are more vulnerable to air pollutants, so HEA 1097 should clean things up." The Indiana State Department of Health must distribute a manual for indoor air quality management for schools and state agency facilities. This manual must be periodically reviewed by the ISDH to comply with the most modern standards. House Enrolled Act 1097 also gives local sanitation boards or public works boards the ability to provide financial assistance for the installation of sewage projects in private dwellings and establish a user fee to pay for the financial assistance. HEA 1097 also grants campgrounds, in a conservatory district, the option to be billed for sewage services at a flat rate or an installed metered rate. "We can't expect people to perform at their best and learn if they are breathing in contaminated air," said Rep. Wolkins. "I am pleased the State Department of Health is going to make changes and regulate these places."