Wolkins’ proposal helping property owners, law enforcement now law

Wolkins’ proposal helping property owners, law enforcement now law

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, June 11, 2018

STATEHOUSE (June 11, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb today at the Statehouse ceremonially signed into law a proposal authored by State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) helping Hoosier property owners and law enforcement officers.

Wolkins said starting July 1, this law will equip Hoosier landowners with a commonsense, cost-effective approach to mark their property and prohibit trespassing. By using vertical purple paint lines on trees and posts, property owners will not have the expense of building and maintaining fences or signs that may fade or be torn down.

“This is an efficient, simple way for landowners to keep trespassers out,” said Wolkins, the House Committee Chair of Environmental Affairs. “It will also help minimize a property owner’s liability, prevent accidental trespassing and make it easier to prosecute trespassers. Because the paint cannot be easily removed, it can be effective for several years.”

The law also authorizes additional facilities to help law enforcement safely dispose of collected and confiscated drugs. Regulated combustion facilities that meet newly expanded and monitored criteria will now be allowed to process and destroy those substances.

“This will help alleviate a heavy burden on law enforcement, and drive down costs in local communities by expanding the amount of facilities that may take on this type of work,” Wolkins said. “Of course, a law enforcement officer will be involved in all aspects of the procedure.”

Indiana currently utilizes 18 mobile drug incinerating systems to dispose of prescription and seized drugs.

To learn more about House Enrolled Act 1233, visit iga.in.gov.

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Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) represents House District 18,

which includes Wabash and portions of Kosciusko, Miami and Grant counties. 

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

Photo Caption: State Rep. Dave Wolkins (seated, right) watches Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated, left) ceremonially sign a new law on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Wolkins authored the new environmental law that allows landowners to prevent trespassing by marking their property with purple paint and gives law enforcement the ability to use additional regulated facilities to dispose of prescription and confiscated drugs. Also pictured are (back, from left) Farm Bureau Regional Manager Laura Ruhlman, Farm Bureau Public Policy Intern Lauren Schreck and Farm Bureau Associate Policy Advisor Shelby Swain-Myers.