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Senator Files Emergency Legislation On Kokomo Stadium

State Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, has filed emergency legislation to resolve a contentious situation involving Kokomo’s baseball stadium.

If it passes, Buck’s proposal would authorize the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to intervene, and issue a cease-and-desist order to stop work on the project.

Buck says the state could lose millions of dollars in federal funding because the baseball stadium is being constructed in a flood-prone area of Kokomo. Records show the city has to keep the space open, per federal regulations and the grant requirements.

Buck says those requirements aren't being met, and that Indiana’s FEMA dollars are being threatened as a result.

“I have only heard from Homeland Security and FEMA that there has been no compliance,” Buck says.

He says Kokomo attorneys Monday said they would have a resolution from FEMA either Tuesday or Wednesday.

“I’m personally looking forward to that because nobody really wants to stop construction of the stadium, but nobody wants to see Indiana and our residents lose their FEMA funds or flood insurance,” Buck says. “So it’s a tough choice no matter which direction you go.”

A representative from the city of Kokomo says officials are reviewing the bill and plan to issue a public comment later this week.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

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