[r20] Dermody's Log Jam Removal Bill Flies through House (2/5/2010)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Start Date: 2/5/2010 All Day
End Date: 2/5/2010

Dermody's Log Jam Removal Bill Flies through House

STATEHOUSE-Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) authored House Bill (HB) 1232, a measure that would loosen the permit requirements to remove a logjam or debris accumulated in a floodway. HB 1232 passed the House of Representatives Tuesday night by vote of 93-1. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Current law in Indiana requires an individual to obtain three permits to remove a logjam in a flood or stream. The permits must come from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

However, permit applications would often wait several years before being granted approval from DNR. These delays have caused massive problems from road flooding, destroyed farmland and even school closings. The bill would no longer require a permit to be granted from DNR before proceeding

"Passing this measure allows residents to be proactive and clear their property of debris, creating a safer environment for everyone. We can't allow government bureaucracy to get in the way of public safety." said Rep. Dermody. "This is obviously a major issue in southern LaPorte County near the Kankakee River Basin. We needed to act quickly. The current laws are not sufficient for people to clear logjams and debris. The longer each individual has to wait on a permit, the more hazardous the area becomes for citizens."

Rep. Dermody sits on the House Ways and Means Committee as well as the Small Business and Economic Development Committee. He can be reached by e-mail at h20@IN.gov, by phone at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing him at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.