State Fair Investigations To Continue For 6 To 8 Months

Representative David Niezgodski is pushing the legislature to respond to the tragedy during its next session before the investigation ends.

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The investigation into the Indiana State Fair stage collapse should be complete by the end of the next legislative session.

Investigations into the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair are expected to continue for the next six to eight months, so they should be complete around the end of the upcoming legislative session.

South Bend representative David Niezgodski says he understands the investigations and pending litigation are ongoing processes, but he insists the legislature needs to respond to the tragedy in some way during its next session.

“There’s a great deal of other things that can truly be talked about right now and that’s what we have to do,” Niezgodski says. “I look towards a lot of discussion once the legislature begins.”

Indianapolis Senator Jim Merritt says the legislature must exercise patience and wait for the investigation reports to be released. Still, he understands the concern surrounding the issue.

“It’s possible no legislation will succeed this year but it will be a much discussed item,” Merritt says.

The 2012 legislative session runs from January to March.

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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