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ISPLS Legislative Update: General Assembly Reestablishes State Line Commission

Tuesday, July 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael O'Brien, 1816, Inc.
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General Assembly Reestablishes State Line Commission

By Michael O'Brien, 1816, Inc.


The years-long effort to survey and monument the state line between Indiana and Michigan was renewed in the 2019 legislative session. State Senator Blake Doriot, a Republican from Syracuse and a former county surveyor in Elkhart County, authored Senate Bill 605 that reestablished the Indiana-Michigan Boundary Line Commission. The original commission sunset in law several years ago without completing the project.


Ultimately SB 605 did not pass but the commission was reestablished in House Enrolled Act 1001, the legislative vehicle for the state’s biennial budget that took effect on July 1, 2019. The commission is jointly formed with the state of Michigan and their legislature must pass the same legislation. Once formed, the commission will have ten members, five from each state, who must be registered surveyors. In Indiana these members are appointed by the governor and the ISPLS has already identified a list of surveyors to serve that is being considered by the ISPLS board. If approved, this list will be sent on to Gov. Eric Holcomb for his consideration. It is anticipated the project will take five years to complete at a cost of around $1 million; the first two years of funding for Indiana were provided in the budget.


The ISPLS legislative committee set this project as a priority for the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Thanks to Sen. Doriot for his leadership and work getting this done, along with several ISPLS members who have been involved along the way. 

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