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Gov. Holcomb signs 2 surveying-related bills into law

Tuesday, March 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evan Hoffmeyer, Senior Communications Coordinator
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Two surveying-related bills from this year's legislative session are now the law of the land.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed SB 100 Saturday, March 21. Now called Senate Enrolled Act 100 (SEA 100), the law allows homeowners to restore/reconstruct nonconforming residential single-family homes within their existing footprint. To qualify, the homes can only be nonconforming as to lot size, setbacks or other dimensional requirements; be habitable as an assessed residential property; and not have been condemned.

Another bill ISPLS followed this Session also passed and was signed into law, but only after being combined with a different bill. HB 1014: Plan Commissions was merged with SB 20 during the conference committee process, when differences between House and Senate versions of a bill are reconciled. Among other changes, SEA 20 means that for the purposes of the advisory planning law, a county surveyor's designee must 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.

HB 1008 would have made it easier for surveyors and other licensed professionals who were licensed in another state then moved to Indiana to then get their Indiana license. If they could prove they passed a "substantially equivalent examination" compared to Indiana's exam and were in good standing, they would have only needed to pay a fee and fill out a form to get their Indiana license. This bill made it all the way through the House and Senate but didn't make it past that final step in conference committee, so this bill is not becoming law.

One surveying-related bill's fate is still being decided. SB 229: Maintenance of Regulated Drains passed the legislature and is on the governor's desk for consideration, but Gov. Holcomb hasn't yet signed it or vetoed it. Under SEA 229, a permit would no longer be required from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for the reconstruction or maintenance of regulated drains for purposes of the law concerning state-regulated wetlands. Practicing land surveyor and ISPLS member State Sen. Blake Doriot, R-Elkhart, was a co-author of the bill.

Indiana's Constitution gives the governor eight days to act on a bill from the time he receives it. That means he has until Wednesday, March 25 to make a decision on this one. If he hasn't signed or vetoed it by that point, it will become law without his signature Thursday, March 26.

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