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Bill to Reduce Number of Indiana's Most Protected Wetlands Heads to Governor
Indiana Ag Connection - 02/07/2024

A controversial bill that would reduce protections for the state’s wetlands is headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk. It’s been called a compromise — but the history of Indiana’s wetlands law, as well as testimony from wetland experts and advocates, suggest it’s anything but.

HB 1383 would lower the number of wetlands that could fall into Class 3 — the only class that didn’t lose significant protections when the state changed its wetlands law in 2021.

That change also created a wetlands task force to find balance between advocates, regulators and developers. But the member representing home builders didn’t show up to the meetings.

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