[r53] House takes necessary steps to ensure safety at outdoor performances (2/27/2012)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Start Date: 2/27/2012
End Date: 2/27/2012

STATEHOUSE—Legislation sponsored by Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) regulating outdoor stage equipment passed the Indiana House of Representatives with a 92-5 vote today.

“In light of last summer’s stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, we needed immediate legislation in place to regulate outdoor stage equipment to prevent any similar tragedies from occurring in the future,” said Rep. Cherry. “No types of regulations currently exist for outdoor stage equipment.”

Senate Bill (SB) 273 would require the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission (FPBSC) to adopt rules to regulate outdoor stage equipment used in conjunction with outdoor performances. It would also establish a study committee to review issues related to the regulation of outdoor stage equipment in Indiana.

The authority of the FPBSC, as issued in SB 273, would expire on January 1, 2014 to allow time for the study committee to recommend permanent legislation to the General Assembly.

“This legislation is an intermittent fix to regulate outdoor stage equipment for this coming year until we can draft permanent legislation following a report from the study committee. It’s important to take our time in reviewing this matter as it relates to the safety of all Hoosiers and our visitors.”

SB 273 was amended during House discussion, so the bill now returns to the Senate for approval. If approved, it will be sent to the governor’s office for his signature to be signed into law. If the changes are not accepted, it will be discussed in conference committees consisting of representatives from both caucuses from each chamber.