STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) authored legislation regarding outdoor event equipment regulations, which passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Wednesday with a 92-1 vote.
House Bill (HB) 1069 keeps temporary rules regarding the requirements to use outdoor event equipment in place until Jan. 1, 2016 to allow the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission time to adopt permanent rules. The provisional rules, which were initially introduced following the Indiana State Fair stage rigging collapse in 2011, require a buffer zone around temporary stage rigging to protect fans.
“This bill is crucial because it extends the time that the safety commission has to review the emergency rules,” said Rep. Cherry. “While I believe they have done a great job of that so far, it is always best to review things a second time, especially when it concerns Hoosiers’ well-being.”
HB 1069 makes other rules permanent, including the addition of “outdoor event equipment” to the definition of a Class 1 structure. The bill also gives the Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security authority to adopt rules governing emergency action plans or emergency response plans for outdoor performances where outdoor event equipment is used.
HB 1069 will move to the Senate for further discussion and debate.
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