[r53] Rep. Cherry's local government-friendly legislation signed by Governor Daniels (2/22/2012)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 7:00 pm

Start Date:  2/22/2012    
End Date:  2/22/2012    

STATEHOUSE—Legislation sponsored by Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) assisting local governments in the utility facility relocation process was signed into law today by Governor Mitch Daniels.

Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 212 requires the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to provide utility contact information for authorized representatives that can assist with utility facility relocation for the purpose of local road and construction projects. This legislation expedites the process for projects by allowing local governments ease in contacting utility representatives.

Although INDOT already maintains this information, it requires them to publish and update the information electronically.

“The hoops that local governments sometimes have to go through when contacting utilities for facility relocation purposes are unacceptable,” said Rep. Cherry. “The delays in reaching representatives can be extremely costly for local governments, citizens and affected businesses. Providing contact information on the internet will help promote cooperation and improve timeliness for local road and construction projects.”

The legislation also urges legislators to further study utility facility relocation in local improvement projects in the Regulatory Flexibility Committee during the interim.

SEA 212 will go into effect on July 1, 2012.