Introduced Version




Citations Affected: IC 14-26-2-23.

Synopsis: Public freshwater lakes. Requires the department of natural resources to adopt rules to assist in the administration of the lake preservation law (IC 14-26-2), to provide objective standards for licensing the placement of a structure or material or the extraction of material over, along, or within a shoreline or waterline, and to establish a process for dispute mediation among riparian owners or between owners and the department of natural resources.

Effective: July 1, 2000.

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    November 18, 1999, read first time and referred to Committee on Natural Resources.


Second Regular Session 111th General Assembly (2000)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning natural and cultural resources.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 14-26-2-23 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 23. The commission shall adopt rules in the manner provided in IC 14-10-2-4 to do the following:
        (1) Assist in the administration of this chapter.
        (2) Provide objective standards for licensing:
            (A) the placement of a temporary or permanent structure or material; or
            (B) the extraction of material;
        over, along, or within a shoreline or waterline. The standards shall exempt any class of activities from licensing if the commission finds that the class is unlikely to pose more than a minimal potential for harm to the public rights described in section 5 of this chapter.
        (3) Establish a process under IC 4-21.5 for the mediation of disputes among riparian owners or between a riparian owner and the department concerning the usage of an area over,

along, or within a shoreline or waterline for a matter within the jurisdiction of this chapter. The rule must provide that:
            (A) if good faith mediation under the process fails to achieve a settlement, the department shall make a determination of the dispute; and
            (B) a person affected by the determination of the department may seek administrative review by the commission.