"We have been having a problem in our community with manure sitting around, stinking up our land and air quality," said Rep. Saunders. "We have people who can't open their windows or have their kids play outside.
"I understand that manure is one of the greatest ways to fertilize our farmlands, but people living around those farms should not be forced to smell it, or worse deal with the environmental hazards it causes."
Currently, manure produced out-of-state that is brought into Indiana does not have to be spread or staged according to Indiana regulations.
As a result, House Bill 1134 would require confined feeding operations to the following, no matter of where the manure was produced:
* Manure that has been applied to a site within 90 days must be placed at least 100 feet from property lines and public roads and 400 feet from residential buildings.
House Bill 1134 was assigned to the House Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, which is chaired by Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston).
House committees began meeting this week and will continue meeting through the duration of session. During committee hearings, members present their bill to allow public testimony and the committee the opportunity to discuss the positive and negative aspects of the bill. In addition, committee members will address any necessary changes to the current language.
To find the most up-to-date bill status, visit www.in.gov/legislative.
Rep. Tom Saunders has served House District 54 since 1996. He also serves as the Assistant Caucus Chair, along with serving as a member of the Local Government, the Natural Resources and the Roads and Transportation Committees.