2014 Indiana General Assembly

Region lawmakers successful at moving proposals through Legislature

2014-02-18T18:00:00Z 2014-02-18T23:21:15Z Region lawmakers successful at moving proposals through LegislatureDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
February 18, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Two proposals backed by Northwest Indiana lawmakers advanced closer to the governor's desk Tuesday.

Senate Bill 329, sponsored by state Rep. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell; state Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary; and state Sen. Lonnie Randolph, D-East Chicago, requires home inspections to include checks on attics, basements and crawl spaces, in addition to already mandated reviews of a home's structure and mechanical equipment.

The measure was changed Monday by the House at the request of state Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, to have home inspectors provide information about the usefulness of carbon monoxide detectors, though the devices still are not required in Indiana homes as they are in Illinois.

Because the legislation was changed before being approved 96-0, the Senate must vote to agree with the House alterations for the proposal to go to the governor for his signature or veto.

House Bill 1190, sponsored by state Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, and state Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville, was approved 47-0 by the Senate. It requires a pregnant woman who miscarries to be advised of her options for claiming the miscarried remains.

Slager said he plans to concur with a minor change made by the Senate, which will send the proposal to the governor.

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