Bill would lead to permanent outdoor event regulation

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS — A bill to increase outdoor event safety in Indiana passed 6-1 in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs.

Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, said the bill, which he sponsored, would make temporary outdoor stage rules permanent and would authorize the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission to adopt rules regulating outdoor event equipment.

The temporary rule already put in place would also be extended to 2016. The bill moves to the Senate for further consideration.

Merritt initiated the legislation following the Indiana State Fair stage collapse in 2012.

“Indiana needs an entity to oversee public safety when it comes to popular outdoor events like concerts that require special structural equipment,” Merritt said. “We want Hoosiers and visitors to feel at ease.”

A similar bill Merritt authored – SB 258 – awaits a hearing in the House.

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