While the Indiana Supreme Court, after extensive review and legal proceedings, determined that the area between the Lake Michigan Shoreline and the natural ordinary high water mark is (and has always been) owned by the State of Indiana and available for use by the public, new legislation in Indianapolis is asking that the State relinquish its ownership if a landowner has a deed indicating they own to the water’s edge.
These actions, among other changes, are being done under HB 1031.
Additionally, in Section 3 (a) and (b) the legislation seeks to allow running, jogging and swimming, but it would not allow lying on the beach, picnicking or playing volleyball.
The Town of Long Beach has retained a lobbying firm to ensure we have a voice in the legislative process to defend public rights and to protect against measures that would adversely impact the property values and enjoyment of Long Beach residents at large.
Among the first actions of this bill will be a hearing at the Judiciary Committee on Monday, January 13, 2020. Information on the meeting and how to contact the members of the committee can be found below.
INDIANA STATEHOUSE, ROOM 156-D AT 10:30 A.M. ET, JANUARY 13, 2020
CONTACT THE MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO VOICE YOUR OPINION:
REP. JERRY TORR (317)-232-9620
REP. JOHN YOUNG (317)-234-9499
REP. WOODY BURTON (317)-234-9447
REP. ANTHONY COOK (317)-232-9863
REP. KAREN ENGLEMAN (317)-232-9769
REP. DANIEL LEONARD (317)-234-9450
REP. CHRIS MAY (317) 234-9028
REP. WENDY MCNAMARA (317) 232-9816
REP. GREGORY STEUERWALD (317) 232-9833
REP. EDWARD DELANEY (317)-232-9834
REP. RYAN DVORAK (317) 232-9671
REP. HATFIELD (317) 232-9987