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Annexation bill moves in house

By Kathleen M. Dutro, Public Relations Team

A bill that, as amended, would place a moratorium on annexation beginning April 1 and ending July 1, 2015, has been approved by the House Government & Regulatory Reform Committee.

As of The Hoosier Farmer’s deadline, it was expected to be voted on by the full Indiana House on March 3.

SB 273 was amended and moved out of committee after two weeks of negotiation with cities and towns. The bill, which was authored by Sen. Buck, R-Kokomo, was presented by the House sponsor, Rep. Robert Cherry, R-Greenfield.

The moratorium provides time for the study committee requested by the bill to thoroughly assess the issue and for the next General Assembly to act.

Katrina Hall, IFB state government relations director, supported the moratorium along with the Association of Indiana Counties. The bill moved through second reading on Feb. 27 without amendments.

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