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Legislators Delay Passing Stage Inspection Regulations

The Indiana legislature decided to delay passing final regulations on outdoor stage equipment inspections they receive the results of a study committee.

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A study is being conducted on to determine the full reasons for the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

Legislators will wait to pass final regulations on outdoor stage equipment inspections until after a summer study committee takes up the issue.

A Senate bill was introduced earlier this session to mandate inspection of outdoor stage equipment. It came after last year’s State Fair stage collapse revealed no such requirements existed statewide.

The bill, as it passed in the Senate, required the state Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission to develop the protocol for inspecting outdoor stage equipment. Tuesday, a House committee included the creation of a summer study committee to investigate the issue.

The Commission will still develop new regulations, but those will expire in January of 2014. The General Assembly will develop permanent regulations in its 2013 session. Anderson Democratic Senator Tim Lanane, who authored the Senate version, says the House change makes the legislation more balanced.

“I think it’s a good combination of acting now but also receiving the information from the report for the permanent and the final product later on down the road,” he says.

Reports from two independent investigations into the stage collapse will be released in the next couple of months. Lanane says the study committee allows the legislature to use those investigations as guides for developing the final protocols.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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