Wolkins’ ‘no more stringent than’ bill will be law after veto-override

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, February 16, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2017) – The General Assembly voted to override a gubernatorial veto from 2016 for State Rep. Dave Wolkins’ (R-Warsaw) bill that will stop Indiana’s environmental rules board from adopting any standard or law that is more stringent than a similar regulation or standard under federal law.

“This legislation allows for environmental entities to maintain safe standards and also do their jobs in a timely manner without added, unnecessary regulations,” Wolkins said. “I am pleased to have the support of the General Assembly for a bill that will keep environmental agencies efficient while upholding high safety standards.”

House Bill 1082 provides that if the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) proposes a rule that is stricter than a restriction or requirement already imposed under federal law, the proposed rule does not become effective until the adjournment of the regular session of the General Assembly that begins after IDEM provides the notice.

In the event of an emergency situation, the bill provides an exception for the adoption of emergency rules in response.

For more information about HB 1082, click here.

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State Rep. Dave Wolkins represents House District 18, which includes all of Wabash County

and portions of Grant, Kosciusko, Miami counties.

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