[r54] CAFO Bill dies in Conference Committee (4/29/2007)

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Start Date: 4/29/2007 All Day
End Date: 4/29/2007
During this session I worked in a bi-partisan manner with State Representative Phil Pflum in hopes of arriving at an agreement on the bill. Through this long process we tried to move the bill forward by making compromises in response to objections by other legislators and committee members. Originally we requested a two mile setback from schools, towns, day care facilities, and nursing homes. Unfortunately, our bill was amended during debate in the House of Representatives to a setback of one mile from schools and towns only. I felt that was something my community could live with, even though some desire a total ban.

It's a shame something could not be worked out. Important provisions to increase fees on CAFOs to be used to hire additional inspectors in the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) have also been lost for now. In the end, lack of agreement by the committee conferees killed the bill. During the interim we will continue working to resolve the outstanding issues and bring this before the legislature next year.