Saunders’ legislation calls for added transparency with local wind farm projects

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:45 pm

Statehouse (Jan. 11, 2018) — A bill introduced by State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) would prevent conflicts of interest for county officials related to local wind farm projects. Saunders said this legislation would require county officials or family members of county officials with financial interests in wind power devices in their county to recuse themselves from any official proceedings on that subject.

“With so many new wind farms being constructed, this legislation would bolster transparency in our county government and help keep any personal financial interests out of the local approval process for prospective wind farm projects,” Saunders said. “My bill would also require energy companies to file detailed paperwork and notify, at their expense, all property owners who live near a proposed wind turbine.”

Saunders said the bill would require county officials who have familial ties to someone with financial interests involving the ownership, operation, construction or location of a proposed wind farm to also recuse themselves from any proceedings.

The next step for the bill is to be heard in committee. For more information on this and other legislation, please visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,

which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.

 

A high-resolution photo of Saunders can be downloaded by clicking here.