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Last session, the General Assembly directed the state building safety commission to put in place temporary outdoor stage regulations.
Those regulations expire at the end of 2013, requiring more permanent action by the legislature next session. State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) says the study committee will gather as much information as possible and provide the full legislature with a recommendation.
“We will hear from Homeland Security among other agencies and also hopefully the local governments to see what rules worked and what rules might not be so operational,” Merritt says.
Anderson Democratic Senator Tim Lanane says one of the issues the study committee must consider is whether state regulations unduly burden small towns and festivals.
“Common sense says one size is doesn’t fit all in this particular case,” Lanane says.
Lanane says the primary concern of the committee is to ensure stages, like the one that collapsed at the state fairgrounds, are as safe as possible. Study committee members will hear reports Wednesday from the two independent investigations into the State Fair incident.