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Indiana State Fair Victims Get More Money From State

Indiana will be giving money to the State Fair stage collapse victims in addition to the $5 million it gave to victims and their families in December.

Victims of August’s State Fair Stage collapse could be getting some additional money from the state. A bill that is already passed the House would provide an extra 5 million dollars to victims and their families.

The bill would mean the state would make an extra $400,000 available to the families of each of the seven people who were killed in the collapse. The rest of the money would be distributed to the people who were injured. The House approved the measure 96 to 2.

The state already gave $5 million to the victims and their families in December, but that was the limit the state was authorized to pay out. State Attorney General Greg Zoeller says that wasn’t enough for people who were injured to pay their medical bills.

“It’s the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do as attorney general is to decide what to do with limited resources in the face of seven deaths, 65 people who were seriously injured, so I had to admit, it may not be enough,” he says.

Some lawmakers wanted to allocate even more money for additional payouts. But an amendment from Representative Ed Delaney calling for an extra 22 million dollars in payouts failed. The Senate will now decide whether to approve the $5 million dollar pay out.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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