Statehouse — State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) co-chaired the Drainage Task Force Monday, November 21, at the Indiana Statehouse to discuss the regulation of drainage laws and how they affect the agriculture community.
“Drainage regulation in Indiana, especially in rural areas, is very important to local residents,” Leising said. “As Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, I appreciated hearing from agriculture leaders and constituents who provided great insight on the impact of our state’s current drainage laws, which will help lawmakers craft legislation that can help rural communities prosper.”
The Drainage Task Force was created by Senate Enrolled Act 85, authored by Leising, during the 2022 legislative session. The task force is responsible for reviewing drainage laws, making determinations and recommendations concerning drainage and regulatory matters, and determining whether the balance between state and local authority over agricultural land drainage favors state authority more in Indiana than in neighboring states.
The task force consists of 19 members including six members of the Indiana Senate, six members of the Indiana House of Representatives, and seven people appointed by the Governor.
Governor-appointed members include an employee of the Department of Environmental Management, an employee of the Department of Natural Resources, a member of a county drainage board, a member of the governing body of a soil and water conservation district, a representative of the Indiana chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, a representative of a statewide farm organization and a county surveyor.
(State Senator Jean Leising press release)