Dermody's Logjam Removal Bill Advances to Governor's Desk
STATEHOUSE-Rep. Tom Dermody's (R-LaPorte) bill to expedite logjam removal today passed the House for the final time and now moves to the desk of Gov. Mitch Daniels for approval. House Bill (HB) 1232 seeks to loosen the permit requirements to remove a logjam or debris accumulated in a floodway.
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
"I'm very pleased to see this measure garner so much support this session. It's simply common sense-it gives locals one less hoop to jump through. There has been too much bureaucracy in this process, and that's caused some very real problems." said Rep. Dermody. "I am confident this bill will be approved by the governor and I want to thank all the people that helped make this a reality."
HB 1232 first passed the House of Representatives early last month by a vote of 93-1. The Senate passed the measure by a 47-3 vote. The Senate added a minor amendment that required the House to concur with the changes before the bill could advance further. Today's concurrence vote tally was 77-1.
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.