2014 Indiana General Assembly

Senate busts open gated communities for politicians

2014-02-24T17:30:00Z 2014-02-24T22:39:14Z Senate busts open gated communities for politiciansDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
February 24, 2014 5:30 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | This election year could find more politicians and their supporters visiting residents of gated communities and other neighborhoods that usually restrict door-to-door solicitors.

The Republican-controlled Senate on Monday approved House Bill 1134, prohibiting homeowners associations from enacting or enforcing any rule that blocks a political candidate, his or her spouse or any campaign volunteers from entering the neighborhood for political purposes.

The sponsor of the legislation, state Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, said individual homeowners still could tell politicians at their doors to go away, but a neighborhood no longer could bar access to political candidates.

State Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh, D-Crown Point, the House sponsor, said people living in otherwise restricted neighborhoods deserve, just like everyone else, to be able to talk face to face with their elected representatives and candidates for political office.

The measure passed the Senate 36-11, with two region lawmakers — state Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, and state Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek — voting no. It passed the Republican-controlled House 84-10 last month.

VanDenburgh said she plans to concur with a minor change made by the Senate, which will send the legislation to Republican Gov. Mike Pence for his signature or veto.

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