SENATE BILL No. 539
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 14-18-6.5.
Synopsis: Boundaries of Lake Michigan property. Provides that the
Lake Michigan boundary of a parcel of real property located on the
shore of Lake Michigan in the town of Long Beach is at the ordinary
high water mark. Provides a cause of action to a person who believes
the person owns real property beyond the ordinary high water mark to
establish the person's title to that property.
Effective: July 1, 2013.
January 14, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Agriculture and Natural
First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)
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SENATE BILL No. 539
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 14-18-6.5; (13)IN0539.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 14-18-6.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2013]:
Chapter 6.5. Real Property Ownership in Certain Lands
Bordering Lake Michigan
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "lake lot" refers to a parcel of
real property bordering on Lake Michigan located in the town.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "lake ward property" refers to
real property in Lake Michigan beyond the ordinary high water
mark that abuts a lake lot.
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "ordinary high water mark"
means the elevation of 581.5 feet, International Great Lakes Datum
Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "town" refers to the Town of
Long Beach in LaPorte County.
Sec. 5. (a) This section does not apply to a lake lot owned by the
state of Indiana.
(b) Except as provided in section 6 of this chapter, the Lake
Michigan boundary of a lake lot is considered to be located at the
ordinary high water mark.
Sec. 6. (a) A person who believes the person owns an interest in
lake ward property may bring an action under IC 32-30 to
establish the person's interest in the lake ward property.
(b) An action brought under this section may not be brought
after June 30, 2016.
(c) A judgment in favor of the person bringing an action under
this section shall be made subject to the payment by the person of
property taxes on the lake ward property that would have been
paid on the real property from January 1, 2003.