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Surveyors from other states could soon get their Indiana licenses more easily

Tuesday, March 3, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evan Hoffmeyer, Senior Communications Coordinator
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A bill that could significantly impact the surveying profession in Indiana is nearly ready to go to the governor's desk as the 2020 legislative session enters its final leg.


Indiana StatehouseHB 1008: Occupational License Endorsement would make it easier for licensed professionals - including surveyors - who get their license in another state then move to Indiana, to then get licensed here. If the professional can prove they've passed a "substantially equivalent examination" to Indiana's exam and are in good standing, they would only need to pay a fee and complete an application form to get licensed in Indiana. It passed the Senate Tuesday.


Senators also passed HB 1014: Plan Commissions Tuesday in a 45-1 vote. For the purposes of the advisory planning law, the bill would require a county surveyor's designee to be a resident of the county to serve on the county plan commission, regardless of if they are a permanent designee or only filling a vacancy or serving as an alternate.


SB 100: Right to Restore or Reconstruct a Dwelling passed the full House Tuesday. It would allow homeowners to restore/reconstruct nonconforming residential single-family homes within their existing footprint so long as it is only nonconforming as to lot size, setbacks or other dimensional requirements; is habitable as an assessed residential property; and has not been condemned. Lawmakers will also have to work out changes made to this bill.


A bill that would relax regulations on drainage systems passed the House floor 58-37. SB 229: Maintenance of Regulated Drains would make it so a permit would no longer be required from the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management for the reconstruction or maintenance of regulated drains for purposes of the law concerning state-regulated wetlands.


All four of these bills were amended from their original versions. Those changes need to be reconciled between the House and Senate before the bills can go to Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk for consideration. 


State Sen. Blake Doriot, R-ElkhartIt looks like the final bill ISPLS has been following has reached the end of the road for this Session, though. Written by practicing land surveyor and ISPLS member State Sen. Blake Doriot, R-Elkhart, SB 71: Adverse Possession Statute of Limitations would have closed a court-created loophole in the legal survey process.


Results of a legal survey can be overturned by a neighbor's adverse possession claim even if that neighbor never appealed the results of the survey per the statute. SB 71 would have required that if a neighbor is affected by a legal survey and they believe they have a valid adverse possession claim, they must file an affidavit of adverse possession or otherwise make their claim known before the statute runs out (90 days for in-county owners; 1 year for out-of-county owners). If no affidavit has been filed in that time, the lines would become binding on all owners.


SB 71 practically sailed through the Senate, but never got a vote even at the committee level in the House.


Updates on all these bills will be included in next week's ISPLS newsletter and here on through the rest of the legislative session.

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